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Memory Development in Children

Nov 10, 2007
Many experts believed earlier, that children did not possess any memory skills till they were eight or nine months old, but many parents have been giving contradictory statements based on their experiences. Recently with the development of technology and latest research into a baby's memory it is found that a baby's long-term-memory can be as long as 24 hours when it is just 6 weeks old and up to four months at sixteen months old. This proves that even a baby has specific memory.

You can set up regular playing routines to develop particular motor skills in your child from an early age and help it to adapt to the environment. It is easier for children to remember a new skill if it is repeated several times a day at short intervals rather than after longer interval gaps.

Background and surroundings are very important for a baby while remembering something as a particular song or game played daily will be recognized well by the baby provided everything else is unchanged. If you change the setting or the baby's crib or outfit, or the song or toys they will have a different reaction showing you that they are unfamiliar with the change. Short-term-memory in babies can be traced back to prenatal stages right up to the fetus. There are a number of variables which contribute to your child's memory including hereditary factors, environment, social circumstances, nutrition and the interest you take in building up your child's memory.

Many parents send their children to activity classes such as GK classes or abacus classes which help to boost the memory of children and help them in other aspects in their school as well. Abacus helps in hand and mental coordination and development of the right and left side of the brain which helps the child in developing its mental faculties as well as improving the creative side of the brain. Parents who take special effort to develop these skills at an early age find it beneficial later because research has found that the maximum capacity of the brain to absorb and develop its mental capabilities is at a younger age mostly before the age of ten after which the brain has expanded to its full capacity.

Memory in children develops largely through social interaction and parents and teachers play a crucial role in helping children develop good memory. During early childhood the adult child reactions provide the basis for memory development by nurturing language skills and helping children acquire skills based on common events which occur in their life. Participating in family traditions and rituals encourage reminiscing events in children. When a child begins formal schooling he learns a lot from his interactions with the teachers, other children and the activities discussed and repeated at home with the parents. Teachers and parents need to recognize that strategies develop over a period of time and the memory strategies used in studying need to be monitored as well as help children to simplify tasks by providing memory aids and other supports.
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Stephen C Campbell (Master NLP Practitioner) has published more information on Developing Memory and mastering your life at
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