My son has high functioning autism and has extreme difficulty remembering things, such as, somebody telling him something or the days events at school. Has anybody else experienced this and how do you handle it?
“Daddy Simon Says” (I’m a dad so that’s what I call it)
For a half a hour each day me and my daughter (high functioning), would play this memory game. Setup or take a picture of several things in another room downstairs (steps need to be negotiated) or other side of the house (distance). Step 1, you ask for one item to be brought to you that you describe. Do that for a couple of days.
Step 2, two items.
Step 3, multiple items and then go get another one item.
You will see the memory fall apart but the problem I’ve noticed isn’t just memory.. it’s also paying attention when your making the request! My daughter has gotten much better once she’s gotten over the frustration of forgetting. She learned the better she pays attention during requests the better she remembers.
My son has had difficulty remembering things such as school related,etc. We placed supports on his IEP to help w/this. He has instructions repeated . He always needed an assignment pad and he never wanted to use his locker at middle school or high school because he feared he'd forget to bring home his books for homework.
I found out the my 10 y/o daugher has something called AFG (Audio Figure Ground) deficit. Find an Audiologist that can test for this. It affects her ability to focus in school as well as recall memory. Their brains are just wired differently. The audiologist told me that she requires certain hearing aids (FM Device) that (if in public school) the district has to pay for. She told me that if she wears these for 2-3 years, you can re-train her brain to listen. Of course, when they get old they will need hearing aids again.