Developing memory techniques
Speech and language therapy develops and improves speech, language and communication. For individuals with memory difficulties, the speech and language therapist will help to develop their memory techniques.
What is memory?
Memory is a mental process involving the ability to remember information. The memory process involves storing, retaining and recalling information which can include written, verbal and visual information.
How can having difficulties with memory impact on an individual's life?
Having difficulties with memory can impact on an individual's life in many ways; this will vary for each individual depending on the severity of their problem, their underlying cause and also their overall ability.
Memory is a prerequisite for language learning, numeracy and literacy development. Therefore having a memory problem will often affect an individual's language ability. Memory difficulties can affect an individual's performance in the home, educational and work environments. Memory problems can occur in both adults and children and will often affect an individual's ability to communicate effectively and carrying out everyday tasks normally. Memory difficulties can cause frustration for the individual in remembering what they wanted to do or say, or remembering an instruction or past event. Having a memory difficulty can lead to emotional problems such as low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
How can speech and language therapy develop memory techniques?
Speech and language therapy will improve an individual's memory through developing their memory techniques. Our speech and language therapists will develop an individual's memory techniques in a variety of ways. The speech and language therapist may use a variety of treatment options when developing memory techniques. Different treatment options available include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- compensatory strategies
- Eating, drinking and swallowing management
- advice and education
What are the benefits of developing memory techniques?
The main benefit of developing memory techniques is helping the individual to communicate effectively and carry out everyday tasks more independently. Other benefits of developing memory techniques include:
- Communicating more effectively with others.
- Emotional benefits e.g. increasing self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Allowing the individual to participate in everyday tasks more independently.
- Allowing the individual to participate in social activities.
- Improving their quality of life.
- Helping them to access their educational and work environments to their full potential.
- Increased ability to communicate with family and friends.
- Benefits ability to communicate with other professionals involved in their care.
How do I book an appointment with a speech and language therapist?
If you would like any more information on developing memory techniques, or would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists then please contact us on 0330 0885 643.
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