Visual Sequential Memory is the ability to remember visual details in the correct sequence.
This is essential for spelling and reading, where your child needs to remember the sequence of letters in order to spell the word correctly.
When doing multiple digit addition and subtraction, visual sequential memory is essential to help your child copy the numbers in the correct order.
Children who have difficulty with visual sequential memory will often exhibit these signs:
(1) Difficulty remembering the alphabet or numbers in sequence.
(2) Difficulty sequencing letters in familiar words or numbers in a math problem.
(3) Difficulty copying from the board or a book without frequent errors.
(4) Difficulty recalling the sequence of events in a story or a familiar activity.
(5) Difficulty performing math problems.
Activities that enhance visual sequential memory include:
(1) Word search puzzles require a child to remember the sequence of letters that comprise the spelling of the word that he is locating on the page.
(2) Board games that use numbers, letters, or words, such as bingo, provide opportunities to recall the shapes of letters and sequence of numbers or words.
(3) Movement games, such as Duck-Duck-Goose or Red Light-Green Light, require the child to remember the sequence of activities that comprise the rules of the game, as well as provide motor movement to enhance the development of memory skills.