Memory strips are essential teaching tools to assist students who need support with memory recall, organization, making good behavioral choices and using self-regulation strategies. Typically, students who have difficulties with attention because of ADHD, ADD and Tourette Syndrome will benefit from this tool that is easy to create and put into action. Adults and “neuro-typical” children may also benefit from using memory strips in their everyday tasks.
For children with difficulties with organization and memory recall:
Memory strips can provide visual cues for procedural steps for work completion and for improved organization. For example, children who have difficulties starting or completing tasks may use memory strips to provide a visual checklist to guide them through steps required to complete or improve the quality of their work. Children who have difficulties with organization can benefit from memory strips reminding them of the things they need to do.
For children with behavioral or self-regulation challenges:
Memory strips can be used to prompt appropriate behavior choices or to provide cues to strategies that can be implemented by the student to ensure success. Often children who have neurological differences tend toward unwanted behaviors when unsure of what they should do. The memory strip can be a visual cue to give them choices during these moments and preempt the unwanted behavior.
Here are some examples of simple memory strips I have used to effectively teach students with learning disabilities and/or neurological challenges: Continue reading