How to Improve Short Term Memory in Children

by Maggie Lynn

Short-term memory is also known as working memory. It refers to remembering something from within only a few minutes. It is important to help children improve their short-term memory because being forgetful can be very frustrating. Some children don't forget a thing--even if you wish they did. Other children struggle with remembering, particularly those dealing with ADD/ADHD. By incorporating a healthful diet and lifestyle with memory-strengthening games and tricks, you can help a child remember what they studied for a test or where they left their favorite toy.


Provide the child with a balanced, healthful diet that is rich in green, leafy vegetables. Make sure all nutritional needs are being met by using a multivitamin. Consider incorporating supplements such as ginko biloba, Co enzyme Q10 or natural HGH complex, which have been shown to help brain function and memory.

Develop healthy routines in the child's life. Children must get more than adequate sleep and exercise for optimal brain function.

Play games. To play a memory game, find cards with matching pairs. Turn them upside down. Have the child find the matches by flipping cards and remembering where the match was. You can find these cards in most stores that carry games.

Create mnemonic devices. If you are trying to help a child remember something specific, try this method of triggering the memory. For example, a classic mnemonic device is "Never Eat Shredded Wheat" to remember the order of direction on a compass when reading it clockwise (north, south, east, west).

Music helps us remember things. Show the child how simply singing in your head a phone number or someone's name you just heard can help her remember it long enough to write it down or address the person.

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  • Memory matching game
  • Dietary supplements to aid memory


  • Exercise for children should be playtime. Involve the child in sports, take him to the playground or let him turn on the radio and dance.


  • Discuss any supplement usage or exercise routine with a pediatrician to help you decide if it is a good plan for your child.

About the Author

Maggie Lynn has been writing about education, parenting and health topics since 2005, in addition to being an educator. She holds a Master of Science in child and family studies.