We've developed an innovative online test that teachers and psychologists can use to quickly determine if a child's working memory is a cause for concern
Working Memory Power Test for ChildrenThe WMPT is a new generation online test which was designed for administration by non-specialist assessors. It allows teachers to quickly determine if a child’s working memory capacity is at a level commensurate with their same-age peers.
The WMPT involves 5 stages that progressively tax a child’s ability to store and manipulate non-verbal material. It can be administered to children as young as 4.
The fact that we also record the amount of time a child takes to respond to each question, as well as the level of confidence they have in their answers, adds a depth of information about test performance that is not captured in any other test of working memory.
Some children fail to hold in memory the information they need to successfully complete learning activities. As a result, they skip important steps, guess things and sometimes even abandon tasks.
The more frequently they experience working memory overload, the further behind they slip in their education.
Once diagnosed, children with working memory issues can be appropriately supported in classroom. And if new direct training methods live up to expectations, they can improve their working memory through computer-based practise activities as well.
- Research suggests that as many as 1 in 10 children have a working memory problem.
- Working memory is the ability to temporarily hold information in memory to solve problems.
- Working memory issues are associated with low learning outcomes in maths, reading and writing.
- There can be marked differences in the working memory capacities of children of the same age.
- Early diagnosis and intervention is important to combating educational under-achievement.