OT Corner – Organizing a Disorganized Child
Editor’s Note: Abby Brayton of Notes from a Pediatric Occupational Therapist did a series of posts back in March that I really wanted to share with you. These are excellent ideas for our kiddos with executive function deficits who have a difficult time getting organized.
Organizational Styles – Did you know there are different organizational styles? This might help explain why the organizational method that works for you, doesn’t work as well for your child or your spouse.
Post-It-Note Calendar – Many students with executive function deficits benefit from visuals to help them plan and organize. I recently learned about the Post-It Note Calendar, which may appeal to students with any of the organizational styles that I discussed yesterday.
Helping Students Remember to Turn in Homework – A challenge many students with executive function deficits face is keeping their school work and backpack organized and then remembering to turn in (and being able to find) homework. There’s nothing worse than a student doing their homework and then not getting credit because they didn’t turn it in.
Get Ready-Do-Done Workspace – Students benefit from having a place in the home that they can designate as their homework space. Today I’m going to share a tip on how to organize the homework space.
Create a Study Space – Some easy tips on how to set up an enclosed, distraction-free workspace.
Tips for controlling internet distractions – Here are a few websites to help control internet distractions. I know. You’re thinking, “a website to decrease distraction by the web?” Give it a try. It might help rein in your Pinterest addiction. Or your child’s time spent on Facebook.
Forget checklists, get a luggage tag! – Do you have a visual schedule or a visual checklist hanging by the door to help your child get ready for school? Despite the checklist, do you still have to remind your child to get everything on the list before heading out the door? I have a simple solution for you: replace the list with a luggage tag.
Abby Brayton, MS, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist practicing in southern California. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has five years of experience working with children with a diverse range of abilities. Her work experience includes school based practice, early intervention, and feeding therapy. Abby blogs about her experiences as a pediatric occupational therapist at Notes from a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. You can reach Abby at [email protected].
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