In this episode of the Speech and Language Kids Podcast, speech-language pathologist Carrie Clark discusses how to help children remember past events and tell you about them later.

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Notes:

1. Remembering a Single Picture

  • Show them a picture and then put it away and say “What was in the picture?”

2. Answering Questions about a Book

  • Read a story and then ask specific questions about it immediately after like “Who was the main character?” and “What did he do at the ___?”.

3. Recalling Events from a Book

  • Read a story and then immediately after ask them “What happened in the story?”
  • Prompt them to tell you 3 events from the story and then put them in order.

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4. Answering Questions about an Immediately Past Event

  • Do something and then immediately ask the child questions about what you just did.
  • Once they can do that, move on to asking questions about something that happened right before starting to work on this.

5. Recalling Events from an Immediately Past Event

  • Do three things and then ask the child to retell the three things in order.
  • Ask the child to tell you what happened during the activity immediately before starting to work on this.

6. Answering Questions about Further Past Events

  • Ask the child questions about an event that happened a while ago, like their last meal or what they did after school last night.
  • Ask the child questions about events that happened further and further back, like their last birthday party or going to visit Grandma.

7. Recalling Events from a Further Past Event

  • Ask the child to retell three things that happened during an event that happened a while ago while keeping the steps in order.
  • Work on doing this for things that happened further and further back.

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