Study Shows How Memory is Critical to Pre-Schooler's Long-Term Success

by ParentCo. January 13, 2016

In a new article, the authors offer suggestions for how parents can help pre-schoolers improve their memory.

This is important because research shows that preschoolers who score lower on a memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 12. "Our findings underscore the importance of early intervention," says Caroline Fitzpatrick of Concordia University, first author of "Early childhood working memory forecasts high school dropout risk."

"Parents can help their children develop strong working memory skills at home, and this can have a positive impact on school performance later in life."

Suggestions that help pre-schooler improve memory include:
  • Engaging in pretend play with other children.
  • Encouraging mindfulness by helping them focus on moment-to-moment experiences.
  • Limiting screen time, which can undermine cognitive control and take time away from more enriching pursuits.
Source: Long-term benefits of improving your toddler's memory skills: Early intervention: New research shows that preschoolers with poor short-term recall are more at risk of dropping out of high school via ScienceDaily.



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