Effective Memory Strategies For Children With Special Needs

When children were taught to recognize that certain letters represented certain sounds and were taught to segment words to identify those individual letters and sounds, they were much more successful in the original transfer test. Neuroscience research has confirmed and helped explain these findings. By learning to read new words in an unknown made-up language, participants were more successful in the long run when they first learned which symbols match which sounds, then when they tried to remember words like holes. The brain image of these readers establishes that the two teaching strategies benefit from different neural pathways in the brain. Alphabetical languages, such as English or French, use letters to display sounds that make up spoken words. To read alphabetic language, children

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