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10 Steps to Foster Organization: Homework and Beyond!

❶I arranged to have her meet once a week for English and Spanish help and a review of what was due, when and how much more needed to happen. Students are more willing to tackle homework when they can reliably predict how long they will have to work on the task.

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This practice has helped us over the years to remember the nature and scope of the issues that the assessment had uncovered, which has allowed us to be better advocates for our children. She recently moved her office, and is now near Monterey Market. I think the new space is quite comfortable. Overall, our family recommends Shari most highly.

We left only when our children were high school age so that they could get more targeted tutoring in specific subjects e. Educational Therapist Shari Simburg has worked with my son for several years--now 11, he has entered middle school with the organizational, study and problem-solving skills he needs for the new mountain of homework he now has.

Shari has been invaluable in prodding our son along from unfocused, fidgety elementary kid to more focused middle schooler. We expect to continue working with her through middle school Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

I am sure you will find the name of many competent educational consultants. I am a teacher with ADHD on meds to stay on-track for my students. One thing I do and encourage many students to do whether diagnosed or not is to get a clipboard - the see through type that has a small flat type of spring at the top. At the bottom of the clipboard under the pile of papers should be three months of calendar pages printed off the computer.

Only three months or it is overwhelming. Highlight in color when something is due on the calendar for assignments that are more than 1 day assignments or make a small highlighted stripe at the top of assignments received that day that are due the next day. Remember everything stays on that clipboard.

At home if there is a problem with papers getting misplaced or lost, do the work as it is attached to the clipboard. Go through the clipboard every day with your daughter until she can do this herself. Even after she can do this herself, stay near her while she does it as you can see from doodles, drawings and writing as to whether she is on track, off track or whether any medication is still working.

She has been asked to present Study Skills workshops at high schools, and has helped many students develop techniques for organizing their tasks. I recommend her highly.

Her tutors are graduates of UC Berkeley, Stanford, and other excellent schools, and she matches tutors to students very carefully. My daughter worked with Nancy Chin this past school year. Once Nancy got her organized, she did better with focus and managing her HW time.

Nancy also collaborated with her teachers to set realistic expectations and goals. I highly recommend Nancy, her website is www. Anon, I would suggest Student Organizational Services sos4students. They do a very good job with our students at Orinda Academy with organization, study skills, time management, test taking etc. They also have a preparation for high school program at the end of the summer. I can highly recommend Ashley Coburn, Ph.

You can reach her at Our daughter is similar in age and learning profile and she did really great work with Dr. Coburn this last year. Try Leslie Absher at lmabsher [at] earthlink.

Looking for a recommendation for a tutor or ed therapist in the lamorinda area. My daughter has dyslexia and ADHD. We are wanting a tutor for study skills and help with her history class. Thank you for your help!

I highly recommend Susan Wood, an educational therapist in Lafayette. My middle school son has adhd and dyslexia and she has worked wonders with him. Lots of experience and understanding of kids like this. Her is Our daughter loves Dr Coburn, and her experience in school and with her work has really changed for the better since she started working with her last fall.

My daughter is at Oakland Tech and is doing very well as a freshman. We are pre-Paidea and gearing up for a bunch more work next year. I want to make sure she has the very best organizational skills as well as someone to fall back on for help when she needs it. Can anyone make a recommendation for us? We just recommended Ashley Coburn PhD to another parent last week.

Coburn is doing great work with our high school daughter on organization, study skills, project management, and also working on writing and math, which she struggles with. My wife and I highly recommend her. I highly recommend Phyllis Koppelman at Strategies for Learning www.

Her office is on Grand Ave. She is kind, smart and incredibly experienced. Getting teens organized is one of her strengths. I would recommend Linda Lawton in Albany, easy4you [at] sbcglobal. She helped our 8th grader get organized. My son and his close friend, both sophomores at Albany High, are in need of some after school help.

Both boys are very intelligent but need some help with managing their work loads. I think the kids would work best with a male college or grad student, someone they can relate to. We need someone who can help with Chemistry, Geometry and Algebra. Please contact me if this describes you or if you know someone. He comes to our home. His e-mail is eman. My 15 yr old boy has had trouble with school since the 6th grade when the work load went beyond what he could naturally take in and began to require studying.

Currently, he is finishing his freshman year in Biology with a D, yet his teacher has asked that my son be in his Chemistry AP class next year because he is the best student in the class!! In Geometry he is going to get either a C or a D, yet his teacher said she would write a letter recommending him for the math honors class. The boy is very bright, but when he sits down to study, he really does not know how to tackle the studying. And I am at a loss as to how to teach him how to study! Not just the habits of a good student, but how to study.

Your son sounds like mine. It has something to do with the way his brain works. He also had trouble when the need to study came along. With math he could immediately know the answer but not know how he knew. We got a handle on this when he was tested at Strategies for Learning. But you might start by talking to them about your options. The number is My child was coached in study skills there.

Mom of a Grad! Tutor Leslie Absher does this work with teens. You can visit her website or email her to learn more. My son is 13 and very bright. Unfortuntely, his organizational skills are not good. This may be coupled with a motivation problem as well. It is not a learning disability, or cognitive deficit in any way. He has problems with time managment, getting papers in on time, turning in homework on time, etc. The high school he will be attending recommended we seek a tutor to help him get organized and work with this person times a week.

Anyone have any good recommendations? We live in Crocker Highlands just off Lakeshore. Initially it was a little rough my daughter has ADHD and set in her ways but once she experienced success, her confidence soared and she was less anxious. In addition to organization, Nancy is working with her on scheduling which includes homework , study skills, and follow through.

Nancy communicates with my daughter regularly throughout the week, and with her teachers and myself as well. Although this whole process has longer than expected, my daughter is making progress, her grades have improved, and there is less stress on all of us.

Good luck in finding help for your son. Beth Samuelson, who runs it, has lots of experience in dealing with exactly what you are describing. They have workshops and individual tutoring. You can call them and see what they think would be best for your son. We found a wonderful organizational tutor who helped our high school daughter.

Karen Baughmann baughmankaren [at] gmail. My son is 14, attention issued, and very much disorganized. She can be reached at Parissa not only helps him with organization, but she edits his docs with him, helps with his Spanish, math We are looking for recommendations for someone to help our 13 year old son, who has ADHD, handle his homework better. He has had limited success. The special educator sometimes give oral hw assignments — not even written on board.

If all back-up plans fail and my son has not recorded it in planner- he gets detentions and is publically humiliated in class for not having the hw.

I have told school psych that I feel he is being punished for a disability identified as a goal on his IEP. I have refused to allow him to serve the detentions. The teacher has pulled his grade down on report cards for missing hw that I feel was not effectively communicated to him. Any insight will be so appreciated. I know what you are going through. Unfortuantely, you must take a good lawyer and an education advocate with you to an IEP meeting.

My understanding of the law is that you can call a meeting any time you wish. Job one in a school is not getting sued. When there is a lawyer sitting next to you, they will shape up. My 15 year-old son received an IEP in December after years of fighting with his schools. I am forwarding this to my 14 year olds son assistant principal. My son has this problem and 5 out of 6 teachers keep in contact with me.

They are set up for the teachers but are not required to use them… WHY??? Only one of his tachers actually does. My son is 16yrs old and may be repeating the 9th grade for a third time. He was diagnosed with ADHD in 99, a processing isue in 07, and in 08 was diagnosed with aspergers. His biggest issue is turning in assignments. He tests well and because of this was turned down for an IEP. In october he had a confrontation with another student who pushed, punched and kicked him in the head.

He responded by punching her. He was sent to the hospital with a concusion. There were charges pressed against both students, and he has been targeted by others that he does not even know. He is currently seeing a psychologist, neurologist and an autism specialist. We tried to get an IEP and was turned down because he tests well.

We were told that he has a medical diagnosis, but not a educational one. He just recieved the after it was taken away in I met with the school last week and was successful in getting several things in place. Was pleased with the overall meeting until the end when a teacher took a hard stand on daily communication, that it was not feasible.

When I told her that I spoke with an advocate and am using the Wrightslaw web site, the principal stopped her. I explained that it was well within my rights to request and would if I felt necessary.

The principle did not seem interested in going down this path. But classes just get harder as your son advances. With an IEP, your team could write a goal for organization, and the IEP will be in place should any other issues come up. Our psychologist did the test: It showed he had problems with organization, working memory, higher ordered thinking, etc.

He is disorganized and needs accommodations not crutches. He also needs skills in self-advocating for help. A good private tutor helped us in math. My son has only been diagnosed with ADD he is functioning better since he has been on Focolin.

I believe that if I had a private evaluation of him, he would be diagnosed with a mild form of Autism, on the Asbergers side. He has always functioned well with my help. He has no issues socially. Therefore we never felt the need to go the diagnosis route. This year is 6th grade.

I have conceded to trying meds. Like the letter re: That is the problem we have. I had started the IEP process then was discouraged to follow through by his teachers. My successes so far has been to seek out a great psychologist that works specifically either within the schools system or works with schools so that they can help be your advocate. Mine has done great things and pushed the boundaries of the whole IEP team. Ask for preferential seating, asperger services that most schools have including social skills training..

Use this site I found that is very resourceful and google how to create an IEP. Diagnosed by board-certified psychiatrist in 3rd grade; in 8th grade now.

Our CA district qualified him for services years ago , but they are reluctant to give good accommodations in high school. Thanks for the feedback! Should be meeting with the school in a couple of weeks and will let all know how it turns out. I agree about not creating crutches and we hold Gregg accountable for everything we can.

His short term memory and focus are big issue and I need the school to help in that area. We are willing to work with our son at home and help the teachers by reinforcing issues he is having at school but have to be aware of what they are when they happen..

To bring it up a week or 2 later is useless and he does not recall most of it! You can check the website, http: My understanding is that if your child has an IEP, if the concerns are a direct relation to their documented disability, then the school cannot require you or your child to be responsible for communication. What can I do if my daughters teachers are not following the accomodations and modifications?

I already had a meeting last year about this. I will be having a second IEP meeting to discuss the same problem again. I requested today that daily emails be included in my sons IEP and BIP and the special education department told me they did not think that was possible. The decision would have to be taken up with a principal. We have tried agendas numerous times and he forgets to have them filled out or signed.

Place sticky notes on important documents. For instance, you could place a pink sticky note in a text book with half of it sticking out over the top edge of a page you want to study later. You could apply a green sticky note to assignments that are due next week. Use a system which makes sense to you in order to indicate due dates or levels of importance.

Use colored pencils or highlighters on important passages. This way, your eye will automatically be drawn to it when you flip through the text later. Do not write in textbooks that you do not own. Identify what you want to achieve through organization. Do you want to work faster? Do you want to spend less time looking for documents or files?

Organizational skills can enhance many aspects of your workflow. To help you stay focused on the best steps to remedy your disorganized work habits, think about what the end result of a more organized office or workspace might look like.

Start developing organizational skills with small, practical steps. Break it into smaller, more manageable chunks to ease the burden. Try to integrate at least one new organizational technique into your workflow each day. For instance, you might start by organizing your desk drawer.

The third day, you could try re-ordering your project queue so the work projects due soonest are on top. Think about your work space and find small ways to become more organized each day.

Work on the most pressing assignments first. If you are unsure which assignments are most pressing, or need more time to work on something, ask your boss which tasks are absolutely crucial and which can be deferred.

Recycle it, throw it away, or take it home. For instance, your takeout menu from the local Chinese joint should be recycled. Even some work-related documents or items should be removed.

Find an appropriate place for the extra stuff in your workspace. Use the one-touch rule. By dealing with incoming documents immediately, you avoid a build-up of unread documents.

Find an appropriate storage space for necessary documents. You could store them in small plastic boxes, or in vertical filing cabinets.

Whatever method you choose, ensure they are ordered in a way that makes sense to you. Your company or employer may have a protocol for storing necessary documents. Ask if you are unsure. Rank the items from most to least important. The most important things are those which you need to do, or things that have a deadline or time limit. The least important things are those that can wait until another day if necessary. Planners are good tools for managing your time.

A good planner will have both a calendar and a daily view, allowing you to add more detail for things you need to do. Keeping the house clean with or without a full family takes a lot of energy and can help develop planning and organizational skills.

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Establish a homework routine. Help your child make a "study hour" schedule and set up a comfortable workspace-- whether her room or the kitchen table. Encourage her to stick to the schedule even when she doesn't have homework (She can read, review notes, or even do a crossword puzzle.) Create a homework supply box.

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How you can help: There are a couple of simple ways you can help with organization and time management: Create a homework schedule. A homework schedule can help your child set a specific time and place for studying. Find a time of day when your child concentrates best and when you’re available to help.

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Homework and Study Habits: Tips for Kids and Teenagers Should parents help with homework? Yes-if it is clearly productive to do so, such as calling out spelling words or checking a math problem that won’t prove. No-if it is something the child can clearly handle himself and learn from the process. Model research skills by involving. However, the reality is that the majority of our ASD students of all ages desperately need help with homework, specifically, and EF skills in general. Help is available. The following 10 steps illuminate specific aspects of EF skills that increase students' static and dynamic organizational coping mechanisms.

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To help your child organize homework, you can create a homework checklist with the following items for each subject: _____I have the materials I need to do the assignment (book, notes, handouts). _____I completed the assignment. _____I checked the assignment to be sure it was correct. _____There was no homework in this subject . Help your child practice her skills on a regular basis, and follow through with the systems you create together. —Enforce time concepts. Understanding time is essential for students with ADHD to learn to keep on task and stay organized.