Activities to Promote Visual Memory

Visual memory, a component of visual processing, can be broken down into two parts: long-term and short-term. Long-term visual memory refers to the ability to remember something seen in the past. Short-term visual memory refers to the ability to recall something that is seen very recently. Visual memory plays a key role in the in your child’s overall development and the skills they need to be successful in school.child building visual memory  Read on to learn about the importance of visual memory and activites you can use to boost your child’s visual memory.

A Child with Inefficient Visual Memory May Experience Difficulties with the Following Skills and Activities:

  • Identification and memory of letters and other common symbols
  • Spelling of familiar words and irregular words
  • Reading comprehension
  • Using a calculator (identifying the symbols on a calculator)
  • Remembering phone numbers

The Following Activities Will Promote Visual Memory Skills:

  • Copy patterns using various media, including beads, pegs, blocks, letters or numbers. Have your child determine what comes next, or have them recreate the pattern themselves.
  • Play memory games.   For example, ask your child to describe objects or pictures after they have been removed.
  • Play “I-Spy” with your child. Have them guess objects within the environment based on your verbal descriptions.
  • Play the game “What’s Different.” Place three objects on the table.  Ask your child to close their eyes and while you replace one object, ask your child which one is different.
  • Ask questions throughout the day like, “What did you have for lunch today?” or “What game did you play at free time today?”
  • Reinforce written instructions with verbal instructions both in school and at home.
  • Ensure that teachers print handouts that are clearly written.

If you suspect a problem with your child’s visual memory, click here to schedule a consultation with a pediatric occupational therapist.