Clients focus on their strengths to identify memory strategies that work, then practice and apply their memory strategies to new contexts.
Written in the best-selling format of the Workbook of Activities for Language and Cognition series, these activities have:
simple, concise language
consistent progression of complexity within and between tasks
application to a wide range of acquired cognitive-language disorders
WALC 10 Memory begins with a series of activities to determine the client's dominant coding system (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic). Clients recognize memory strategies they already use and the value of learning new ones. The rest of the book focuses on learning and practicing memory strategies. The lessons are organized by these memory strategies:
Word/Mental Picture Associations — Recall information using associations such as part/whole, category, action/agent (e.g., wrapping/present), attributes, and location.
Chaining Word Lists — Create chains of word associations and recall lists of information.
Following Written and Oral Directions — Follow two- and three-step directions. Make mental images of what the directions request and then carry them out.
Recalling Boxed Information — Clients study the placement of shapes, numbers, and words in boxes and code it for later recall.
First Letter Mnemonics — Take the first letter of each word in a list of words and create a new word from those letters.
Word List Retention — Clients develop mental flexibility as they practice memory strategies with the added factors of inclusion (e.g., Which words were first and last in the list?) and exclusion (e.g., Which ones are not soft?).
Associated Visual Pairs — Associate two visual items and then recall one of the items using a memory/coding strategy.
Name-Picture Association — Clients practice coding people's names to their faces.
Memory for Numbers and Sentences — Learn strategies for recalling number sequences and lengthy sentences.
Picture Associations - Develop associations between objects, between people and objects, and between people and places.
Memory for Shapes and Pictures — Clients use various memory strategies to name, duplicate, and answer questions about shapes and pictures.
Sorting and Rmembering Categories — Code and recall words and pictured items by creating categories for them.
Functional Memory Tasks — Read or listen to messages, directions, paragraphs, and informative articles and recall pertinent information.
Memory and Mental Manipulation — Clients remember words and repeat them back in a variety of ways including backwards, alphabetically, in order of size, etc.