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What would you call an almost total inability to rote memorize?

I am talking about a child, otherwise quite intelligent, an excellent reader with a high level of what used to be called “number sense,” who otherwise cannot memorize. For example: This child has tried for months to memorize the times tables and is unable to do so. The child can multiply but just cannot memorize the tables. I am at a loss to help.

Concerned parent,


I would need the child’s age to be specific. I would be more concerned about why this child is having this difficulty than what to call it. Have you discussed this problem with a school professional or a private special education professional? Specific testing should both clarify why the problems exist and what to do to help.

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