Working memory abilities are closely associated with a wide range of measures of academic ability, including literacy and mathematics. The majority of those with recognised learning difficulties in these areas have working memory impairments. Poor working memory skills in the early years of education are also effective predictors of poor scholastic attainments over the subsequent school years. Screening is the first and very important step in being able to provide the appropriate intervention for children.
IMPROVEMENTS IN THE AWMA-2 (Alloway Working Memory Assessment)
- Increase the age range: Norms have been extended up to 79 years of age.
- Increase user-friendliness: The AWMA-2 is now fully automated so both the administration and scoring are presented on the computer screen. This minimizes the risk of experimenter error both in the administration of the tests and in the scoring of the test. Group testing is now easier with the fully automated version.