If you’ve been raising an ADHD child, then you know very well that he tends to forget to bring his things home, lose his homework copies even if he’s still in school, or submitting an incomplete or late project. His locker might be full of crumpled papers and little things, books, unfinished sandwiches, and several notes from his teacher. For all this, they are seen as lazy, reckless, and careless, which parents find hurtful and frustrating.
When this disorganization becomes chronic, the deficit will remain and eventually increase. That is why these children must need a lot of support so that they will be able to assume daily activities despite their disorder. You can teach your child how to plan earlier, prioritize, and organize, and implement his tasks. Work with your child as he learns to do this, especially at school, talk to his teachers and express your concern over your son and how you can collaborate with his teacher to improve on your plan.
Organizing Tips For Your Child With ADHD
Follow some of these organizing tips to help your son learn proper organizing habits.
- Find a study area for him. Do this with your child. Look for a space in your home where he can focus on doing his homework undistracted. Help him organize his things by leading him through how to keep his area clean and structured. Make sure you monitor him daily.
- Ask his teacher if she could create a system for monitoring his assignments. This can be in the form of a notebook or folder that your child must bring to and from school for you to check. It should contain a calendar with dates of when the assignment is and if it was accomplished. Perhaps you can use colorful pens so that you will get your child’s attention.
- Provide your child with different supplies. Place colorful pens in a container where he can easily choose which one to use. Also place paper, ruler, scissors, paper clips, and other important things. Write labels for each drawer of the desk. When you have labeled the drawers, you can also ask your son to be the one to place the supplies in the corresponding drawer.
- If your child has difficulty reading, ask his teacher to provide him with printed homework instead. It is usual for ADHD children to have trouble reading certain types of handwriting, so the teacher would certainly understand if it might be necessary for her to give his assignments in the form of printed handouts.
- At home, review your child’s homework with him, so he will know if he has errors and which part he committed the error. When he has finished all the homework for that day, gather his things, and place them in his bag. The next day, let him do it with your supervision. Have a spot where you leave his bag and where he can see it before he leaves for school. Make it a regular spot for the things he should bring to school every day.
- In school, tell the teacher to set up a schedule for your child to clean and organize his locker and desk. He may need initial supervision with this, or he may need to be supervised regularly. Encouraging your child to practice these organizing skills at home and in school will help him develop good habits that will ultimately help him in the future.
- When he has done a good job, reward him with his favorite food or toy. Organizing is a task that is not easy for your ADHD child. He deserves to be praised and rewarded for this accomplishment.