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Decoding - Working memory





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Decoding - Working Memory


From "The Roadmap From Reading Failure to Success" by Kathy Johnson, Pyramid of Potential

To be published December, 2014



Working memory is defined as the number of discrete pieces of information that a person can store in one's head. The
average person over 7 years old can hold 7 pieces of information, and this is why phone numbers are 7 digits long.
An average 6 year old can hold 6; 5year old holds 5, etc.


Many people with reading problems have low working memory, and cannot hold very much in working memory at
all. They may have good long term memory or good visual memory, but if they do not have a sufficient working
memory, they simply cannot decode longer words. 

It is fairly easy to spot a person with low working memory as they learn to read. They are the ones who can easily
sound out a short word like "cat", but when working on a longer 5 sound word, like "slant" (and if they are not using
blends or word families) by the time they get to the "t" they have forgotten the "s" and the "l".


This deficit will affect every aspect of learning, so it is imperative that it be improved. When reading a compound
sentence, the first half is forgotten by the time they have finished the second half, so comprehension is poor. In
math, they may be able to do simple addition and subtraction, but once there are multiple steps involved, they are
unable to keep the information in order. When writing, those with low working memory will frequently write their
sentences without punctuation, capitalization, correct spelling, or spacing. Their brains cannot hold this amount of
information all at once.


But, as with everything else in this book, the brain can change and working memory can increase. The following
two exercises can be used daily for 30 school days, and you will see many improvements in reading.


Card Processing and Memory


Materials: a shuffled deck of cards


Directions: Hold up a card and have the student say the number followed by the color followed by the suit. Help as
necessary, but work toward the student being able to remember the order of the information independently. Continue through the deck until the student cannot do any more. It is typical for a student with low working memory to shut down and have "mental fatigue", as described by Mel Levine. At this point congratulate the student for working so
hard. Write down the number of cards that were completed. Have the student walk around, get a drink of water, and
do something fun for 5 or 10 minutes. Then try again. Keep track of how the student does over the 30 days.

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Pyramid of Potential
245 Washington St #3369
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Where's Kathy?

It is now time to set up your professional development at your school - Kathy is available for many dates this Fall! Call now to secure YOUR date!


Below are the upcoming workshops that Kathy Johnson is giving. If she is not coming to your area, why not hire her for your next professional development?


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Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach

Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse NY, December 10, 11, 12

If you aren't near any of these on-site professional development conferences, consider the following:


Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach   Price: $169.99  Author: Kathy Johnson, MS Ed.  Format: DVD



Did You Know?

Equipping Minds Brain Development Center


Improving Working Memory Workshop 

Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church

Birmingham, AL

September 19-20


The brain and IQ are NOT stagnant but can be strengthened with the                 right tools and instructional methods.   


Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Adult Memory, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Language Processing Disorders, Sensory Integration Disorders, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Lyme Disease, Cerebral Palsy, and others


Course Objectives

    1. Understand how mind and body health effect brain development.
    2. Learn six primitive reflexes, the symptoms associated with each, how to test, and how to integrate.
    3. Learn cognitive training exercises in processing, memory, attention, logic and reasoning using Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum.
    4. Learn classroom connection guidelines for math, spelling, vocabulary, reading, history, comprehension, and writing.
    5. Learn study and work management skills.
    6. Learn classroom instructional methods to use with all students and employees.

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, therapists, interventionists, and parents of children or adults who are struggling are encouraged to attend. Certificate of attendance will be available for professional development and CE credits.

Cost: $350 ( workshop, workbook, & DVD)

 Scholarships available by contacting Carol.

Contact Carol on the Equipping Minds Website


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