Challenges will most likely be evident in school because remembering information is so important for learning and school success. They may also be evident in social interactions and daily chore routines. Your child may forget the morning routine daily, despite constant reminders. Perhaps you make it to school, finding your child skipped breakfast and is wearing one sock, on a regular basis. Maybe your child has played with Sarah on the playground for months now but calls her “the one with shiny red glasses” never recalling her name. If these sort of symptoms cause difficulty for your child more days than not, you may have reason to be concerned.
Memory serves us in a number of ways, from keeping us in the flow academically, to helping with social situations and expectations, to remembering to brush our teeth before school. When memory challenges cause significant distress there may be a diagnosis that could explain the problem. Children with Learning Disabilities, AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cognitive Deficits or Mood symptoms may be struggling with memory. All of these manifestations would be different and understanding why there are challenges can help determine the best course of treatment or support for memory challenges.
Considering the information provided in these articles may help you determine whether memory symptoms such as memory for social information (faces and names), rote memory, procedural memory, long-term memory, episodic and semantic memory or working memory are interfering with your child’s day to day life. It may be important to consider whether your concern will require more support for your child from a professional like a tutor, school psychologist or counselor.