You tell your child with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) or learning disabilities to finish his snack and start his homework , only to find him a few minutes later shooting baskets in the driveway. You assume that he got distracted or, worse, chose to ignore you. In truth, it might be his memory that's to blame -- and forgetfulness can cause school problems for children with ADHD and learning disabilities.
In reading , working memory aids our comprehension, making it possible to organize and summarize the text and connect it with what we already know. In writing, it lets us juggle the thoughts we want to get on paper while keeping the big picture in mind. In math, working memory lets us keep track of numbers and operations throughout the steps of a problem.