Memory Strengths

You may already know that dyslexic and dyspraxic individuals often have weaknesses in their memory, but did you know that they have strengths too? It has been found that many people with dyslexia and dyspraxia have strong episodic memories. Episodic memories are personal memories like specific events, situations and experiences; for example, your first day at school, and the events of 9/11. Those who have a good episodic memory are more likely to experience these memories like vivid videos; you may recall not only what happened but what you were wearing, who you were with and what you were feeling.

If episodic memory is your strength then you are more likely to remember information if you understand how it fits in to the bigger picture, if you are able to interact with the information or build a conversation around it, if you have experienced it or can imagine what it would be like to experience it, if you find the topic interesting, or if the information was given to you in a story like fashion.

People with strong episodic memories will not only prefer to receive information in this way but will also prefer to give it in this way too. This can sometimes cause problems if the information needs to be given in a way that is structured and gets to the point quickly and effectively. For many jobs and courses this is what is required. It can be hard to detach the meaning of the story away from the bare facts; you may find that you go all around the houses just to get from A to B. Lots of people find that mind mapping helps get their thoughts down which can then be manipulated and moved around into a structure that suits.

7 Comments
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  5. Ferne 7 years ago

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  6. Laurence 7 years ago

    Loving the website , intrestingly i have Dyslexia and Dyspraxia but my episodic memory is rubbish . Trivia and facts are fine ?

    Hey arnt we great

  7. nancy 6 years ago

    Thanks for all the positive comments, people! I’m glad what we’re doing is working.

    Nancy

    PS and yes, we are great and all different and diverse! Knowing your own patterns is key – that’s what you find out on our memory video learning journey…

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