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Long Term Memory Deficit (3A)

A long term memory deficit refers to difficulties in the storage or retrieval of learned information. The issue is not whether or not the information is stored in long term memory but rather the process of storing and retrieving information.
Long term memory works in conjunction with working memory as the information that is stored in long term memory initially is processed in working memory. When information is retrieved from long term memory it is returned to working memory for processing. Students with difficulty in storing and retrieving information often have difficulty committing new information to memory and have to employ strategies to retrieve information they have learned.

Formal Diagnostics

  • Wechsler (WISC IV, WAIS IV) Vocabulary, Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • Wechsler (WISC IV, WAIS IV) Information Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • WJ COG III Long-Term Retrieval Score (Glr) Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.

Intake Questions

  • Do you need to practice new information or formulas often and repeatedly to learn it?
  • Do you have difficulty remembering information that you know but can't remember particularly when you are stressed?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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