Organization Skills

Parents often ask how they can help their child develop organizational and self-regulation skills. If disorganization is contributing to your child's achievement problems, try to think about the possible causes.

  • Is he bored or too challenged?
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  • Is he just not interested in school or cleaning his room.
  • Is he overwhelmed because of perfectionism?

Is your child troubled by his lack of organization?  How your child views the situation will make a difference in how you can best approach a solution.

In any case, it's going to take time and patience to unravel the problem and address it. Here are some ideas to try:

  • Sit down with your child and scan some study guides and strategies to see if he or she thinks any are worthy of a try,
  • Have your child choose one to implement for a few days (or a week, if older), and
  • Keep a chart to rate the different options based on their success and general enjoyment.

The more strategies your child has, the more successful he will be in handling different types of challenges. Involving your child in this experiment will work with his natural curiosity and encourage self-motivation.

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