In this section
It is common for a child to
have difficulties with memory and new learning following a brain injury. Memory difficulties may be different for each
Each child with a brain
injury will have a unique pattern of memory difficulties which will
affect their schooling and everyday life in a unique way.
Concentration difficulties and processing information more slowly can
also influence how well information is learned and recalled. Some
examples of memory difficulties include:
Difficulties with memory
and new learning after a brain injury generally
improve gradually over time. However, some children who have experienced a more severe injury may find that these problems continue. Difficulties with memory, as well as other cognitive difficulties, are identified through a neuropsychological assessment. A
neuropsychologist can help tailor compensatory and management
strategies for each individual child based on their strengths and
Developed by The Royal Children's Hospital Paediatric
Rehabilitation Service based on information from the Brain Injury Service at Westmead Children's Hospital. We acknowledge the input of RCH consumers and carers.
Reviewed September 2020.
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