OnDemand: How to Help Learners with Verbal Memory Difficulties

This event will increase delegates’ understanding of how verbal memory difficulties affect learning and how to help.


Memory difficulties are a barrier to learning and are a key deficit in many Specific Learning Difficulties, including dyslexia.

Course Description

Verbal memory difficulties (especially working memory problems) have a marked impact on both life and learning, affecting the acquisition of Maths and Literacy skills as well as on organisation and concentration. Memory difficulties also make learning hard work and can contribute to poor motivation and low self-esteem. It is therefore essential for teachers and assessors to know how to recognise the signs of memory difficulties and, if these are suspected, what assessments are appropriate. For teachers this will also help in their interpretation of assessment reports, while assessors will find it helpful to reflect on the assessment process when assessing memory difficulties. Most significantly, practitioners need to be aware of strategies that the learner can employ to support their memory and also which teaching approaches will be most effective.

The day will:

  • Explain various aspects of verbal memory, including sequential, short-term and working memory, and recent research will be briefly discussed.
  • Explore through discussion, activities and case studies, the impact of memory difficulties on life and learning.
  • Include a session on memory assessment using the TOMAL-2. NB There will only be time for a brief overview of the aspects of verbal memory covered by this test.
  • Explore and share ideas for how to support those with memory difficulties in both primary and secondary school through the use of real examples and case studies.
  • Explore how to make recommendations in assessment reports for those found to have memory difficulties.

Course Outcome

  • Clarify what is meant by verbal memory difficulties
  • Explore the impact of memory problems on learning
  • Describe how to recognise and test for verbal memory difficulties
  • Give delegates suggestions for support and intervention


No pre-requisites, in terms of qualifications, or resources are needed


Open to anyone who works with or assesses learners with Specific Learning Difficulties.

Target Audience

Teachers, SENCos, specialist teachers and assessors who work with learners who have Specific Learning Difficulties. This course is suitable for those working in both Primary and Secondary schools.


This course is on demand and is a recording of a live event.

Delegates will have direct access to the event in the ‘My Online Events’ section of their account for two weeks from the payment date, and can watch as any times as they like during that period. Please allow a few minutes for it to appear, or refresh the page if necessary.

Course Materials

As part of the package, delegates will receive electronic copies of the handouts  but will be responsible for printing off their own copies to have with them during the webinars.

Terms & Conditions 

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking, you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days. You are also agreeing to accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page 

Delegates will be responsible for ensuring that they have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable them to attend the webinar. There will be a link on the GoToWebinar confirmation which enables you to test your equipment.


Sheila Rostill, Webinar Administrator

E: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org

T:   07956 644 786

When & Where

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Cancellation/Transfer Policy

Please ignore the date that comes up when you book your ticket. This refers to when the course was set up and does not affect your access to the course. 


This course is worth 5 hours general CPD