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4.1

Remembering two things at a time


Why is this important?
Verbal understanding is like a ‘list’ of things/items that need to be
remembered in order to carry out the task. An example of a two-word level
instruction is ‘Give doll a banana’ (e.g. children have to remember ‘doll’ and
‘banana’). If children can’t do this, it may be that their auditory memory is
not yet sufficiently developed.

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What to do
• Put out four everyday objects (e.g. cup, teddy, pencil, sock).
• Say ‘Give me pencil and teddy’.

Make sure the child waits until the end of the instruction before responding.
• Hold out your hands for the items.
• Replace and ask for two different items.
N.B. Try to remember not to look at the items as you ask for them,

or eye-point during the task as this gives clues over and above the meanings of the words only.
• Work towards the same aim via different activities:

Play a shopping game, or put two animals into the field,

or two items of clothing into the washing machine, etc.
‘Kim’s Game’ is good for developing memory and observation skills and is also
great fun. Collect a small number of items on a tray and cover them with a cloth.
Sit in a group where all the children can see the tray. Take away the cloth and
allow the children time to scan the items carefully. Re-cover the tray then ask
each child which items they can remember. The one who remembers most wins
the game.

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