The process of memory involves:

  • Input of information – the child must attend to the right information to put into memory
  • Storage of information – if information is ‘input’ in a jumbled or confused manner this is how it will be stored
  • Retention of information -the information needs to be kept in the memory store
  • Retrieval of information – involves ‘remembering’ and using the information about how to do something

A number of studies have linked childhood epilepsy to memory difficulties*.


Kincaid, D.M. & Trautman, N. Remembering: Teaching Students How to Retain and Mentally Manipulate Information. Chapter in Meltzer, L. (2010) Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom. The Guildford Press, New York

*Hernandez, M. (2003) Attention, memory and behavioural adjustment in children with frontal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behaviour 4(5), 552-536.
Nolan, M (2004) Memory Function in Childhood Epilepsy Syndrome. Journal of Paediatric and Child Health 40(1-2), 20-27.

Kadis, D (2004) Cognitive and psychological predictors of everyday memory in children with intractable epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behaviour 5(1), 37-43.