Ten Things To Do - Auditory Memory

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Ten Things To Do to support children with

Auditory Memory Needs


Repetition and reciting activities

Lots of opportunities to sing songs with simple predictable structure and chorus. Also jingles, rhymes and songs with actions linked to vocabulary.


Colour sequencing activities

Give the child a sequence of colours that they need to correctly copy or record in the order given. Use coloured beads, Lego or coloured cubes as alternative to paper based tasks.


Sequencing songs

Practice songs with repeating verses that sequence information and increase the things to be remembered. E.g. ‘One man went to mow’, ‘There was an old lady who swallowed a fly’ and ‘Old MacDonald.’

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Story recall

Support the child in retelling a story through opportunities to use puppets, background scenery or through drawings or another art media.


Object chain games

These are remembering games played in small groups where each child takes turn to add something else to be remembered to an original stem sentence which is repeated in the same order. E.g. I went on holiday to… ‘I went to the park and I played on…’ and ‘I went shopping and I bought…’


Time sequences

Support the child to organise events, instructions and stories chronologically. Using writing frames with numbered boxes or clock faces. Reinforce time vocabulary e.g. first, now, next, before, after etc.

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Alphabet sequences

Reinforce knowledge of the order of the alphabet through activities such as dot to dot, naming games e.g. a fruit beginning with a then b, c etc. Use alphabet to find words in word banks and dictionaries.


Note taking

Intensively support the child to make effective notes. Listen to an oral recording of a text and identify key points to write down. Use numbers or alphabet to sequence notes. Add simple drawings or symbols.


Mind maps

Support the child to create word webs and other non-linear notes to record key ideas from orally presented information. Provide opportunities to model and practice this skill across the curriculum.


Text Table Tennis

A paired activity in which each child has a different text at an appropriate reading level for both children. They take it in turns to read a sentence or phrase to each other. They both then write down what they have heard. They continue until both children have completed the texts. They then compare notes.

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Provide kinaesthetic activities to support learning

Combine movements to key facts e.g. 'Kung Fu Maths' and 'Kung Fu Punctuation'.

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Take oral messages

Provide lots of opportunities for the child to convey messages of increasing complexity. Practice with games like ‘Chinese Whispers’.

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Support Visually

Children with weak auditory processing and memory benefit from visual support like charts, diagrams and video. Also give them opportunities for practical demonstrations.

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Auditory Memory

Ten Things To Do - to support auditory memory

A handy printable version of this Ten Things To Do guide suitable for handing to parents, school staff and other professionals and carers. Use 2-sided printing (set printer to flip on short side) and fold in half to produce A5 leaflet.

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