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Ask Susan: Reading Comprehension Difficulties — Symptoms, Causes, Intervention

Reading comprehension is the heart and goal of reading, since the purpose of all reading is to gather meaning from the printed page. The symptoms and causes of reading comprehension difficulties are discussed, as well as intervention.


Working Memory: Definition, Importance, Research, Overcoming Deficits

Working memory is the ability to hold information in your head and manipulate it mentally. To solve an arithmetic problem like (3 X 3) + (4 X 2) in your head, for example, you need to keep the intermediate results in mind (i.e., 3 X 3 = 9) to be able to solve the entire problem. The distinction between short-term memory and working memory is an ongoing debate, as the terms are often used interchangeably. 


7 Reasons Why Working Memory Is Important

Working memory is key to learning. How good this is in someone will either ease their path to learning or seriously prevent them from learning. Here are seven ways children use working memory to learn.


Poor Working Memory Impedes Academic Success

According to researchers from Durham University, who surveyed over three thousand children, children who underachieve at school may just have poor working memory rather than low intelligence. They found that ten percent of schoolchildren across all age ranges suffer from poor working memory seriously affecting their learning.


The Role of Working Memory in Reading

The term working memory was coined in the 1970s by two researchers named Baddeley and Hitch, referring to the ability to temporarily hold several facts or thoughts in memory while solving a problem or performing a task. An important and consistent finding is that working memory problems interfere with reading comprehension.