by Amanda Morin at Understood.org
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- Teach Multiple Ways to Prioritize. Goal: find organizational skills that fit your teen’s needs and skills. Example: projects can be organized by due date — or by time needed or how hard (or easy) they are.
- Teach How to Divide and Conquer. Goal: keep deadlines for long-term projects from creeping up. Example: Show your teen how to break projects into smaller, more manageable pieces. Use cue words like “first,” “next,” and “last” to categorize the tasks.
- Designate a Place for Study Materials. Goal: teach your child to keep the tools he needs in one place. Example: Encourage your teen to keep pens, paper, computer, calculators, dictionaries and other supplies together. No more hunting for an eraser!
- Model Organization Skills. Goal: Learn how to be organized by seeing the skills in action. Example: keep a family calendar and a to-do list to model planning ahead and making lists.
- Use a Whiteboard. Goal: Make things easier to visualize. Example: your child can use it to make daily to-do lists, map out an assignment or just write down things to remember.
- Give Your Teen a Planner. Goal: encourage your child to manage his own schedule. Example: with a digital or paper planner, he can keep track of where he needs to be and when. He can practice arranging and rearranging his time.
- Ask About the Plan of Attack. Goal: make sure your teen knows how to prioritize the steps for getting an assignment done. Example: don’t assume your teen knows how to get an assignment done. Ask him to explain his plan. You can help him refine it, as needed.
Amanda Morin is a parent advocate and former teacher. A proud parent of kids with learning and attention issues, she is the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.
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