Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Normal Developmental Increases in Visual Spatial Memory

Children with visualspatial weakness often struggle with reversals, math calculations, and Spelling. This can run in families, it can occur in the setting of birth stress or prematurity, early deprivation (overseas adoptions), or dyslexia.

The figure below shows the normal developmental pattern for visualspatial memory. In most cases, some improvement in visualspatial memory is seen from the late elementary school years to adolescence, but if it does not, then verbal strategies (describe in words what you see) can be used fairly effectively to overcome weaknesses.

Developmental Increases in VisualSpatial Memory

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