Brain Notes – Autism and Memory

Spelling a word involves the retrieval of information about the word’s letters and their order from long-term memory as well as the maintenance and processing of this information by working memory in preparation for serial production by the motor system

People with working memory issues know how to spell words but they have trouble choosing the correct letters, or assembling the letters in the correct order.

People with working memory issues know how to spell words but they have trouble choosing the correct letters, or assembling the letters in the correct order, so ‘lion’ might be ‘liot’, ‘lin’ or ‘lino.’

With long-term memory difficulties, people can’t remember how to spell words they used to know and tend to make educated guesses.