Adults love these activities that use a deck of playing cards to develop memory. Using a familiar deck of cards is inherently motivating and the activities offer numerous levels of challenge.
- Improve recall
- Develop short-term and long-term memory
The convenient pocket-size book has forty activities to train four types of memory:
- Short-Term—immediate memory and storage of information that requires further processing
- Declarative Long-Term—retrieve stored information (e.g., facts, places, events)
- Procedural Long-Term—recall learned routines through repetition
- Prospective Long-Term—remember to do something in the future and at the correct time
The activities stimulate clients to recall and follow instructions. Start with a pace that's comfortable for them and gradually increase the time requirements to develop automaticity. The simultaneous exercise of auditory and visual memory skills with manipulation (motor skills) of the cards gives clients unique practice that helps them function in everyday life.
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My patient enjoyed completing the tasks in CARDS Memory and reported that he was teaching them to his spouse! After participating in the drill sets, I noticed improvements in the way he was able to recall information. I found CARDS Memory and CARDS Attention to be useful in varying healthcare settings.
Amanda Bray-Hooker, SLP
- From a clinical standpoint, it is important to identify specific areas of breakdown in memory performance to develop appropriate treatment strategies during rehabilitation (Sander, Nakase-Richardson, Constantinidou, Wertheimer, & Paul, 2007).
- Evidence for the role of attention in prospective memory is provided by studies that have found a relationship between performance on prospective memory tasks and on tasks of attention and speed of processing (Mateer, Sohlberg, & Crinean, 1987; Schmitter-Edgecombe & Wright, 2004 as cited in Sander et al., 2007).
- Both formal and informal measures of memory have a role in the rehabilitation process (Coelho, Ylvisaker, & Turkstra, 2005 as cited in Sander et al., 2007).
- The training of general and specific personal compensatory strategies is an important functional approach to cognitive-communication intervention (Hartley, 1995).
- Training in use of internal strategies is one of the major approaches to rehabilitation of executive or metacognitive dysfunctions (Hartley, 1995).
- Rehabilitation in the area of prospective memory has great functional significance because this is the type of memory often required in everyday situations. Prospective memory failures are the most frequently experienced type of memory failures reported by individuals with brain injuries (Mateer, Sohlberg, & Crinean, 1987).
CARDS Cognition, Attention and Recall Drill Set Memory incorporates the above principles and adheres to standards of professional practice.
Hartley, L.L. (1995). Cognitive-communicative abilities following brain injury: A functional approach. San Diego: Singular Publishing Group, Inc.
Mateer, C.A., Sohlberg, M.M., & Crinean, J. (1987). Perceptions of memory functions in individuals with closed head injury. Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 2, 79-84.
Sander, A., Nakase-Richardson, R., Constantinidou, F., Wertheimer, J., & Paul, D. (2007). Memory assessment on an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team: A theoretically based framework. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 16, 316-330.