For some children, organization seems to come like second nature. For others, however, it can be more difficult to keep track of toys, schoolbooks, and other items. They may have trouble following through on important tasks such as homework and cannot remain focused on one thing for long periods of time. If this sounds like your child, do not worry—for most of us, organization is a learned skill that requires time and patience. To learn more about helping your child get focused and organized, read through the tips below.
- Try a checklist approach
Keeping chores, homework, and other tasks on a checklist can help your child to become more aware of what his or her responsibilities are and when they must be finished. Checking items off the list can instill a sense of accomplishment when items are completed.
- Designate a space used specifically for studying
If your child has difficulty focusing on homework, reading, or other studious activities, he or she may benefit from having an area designated especially for these purposes. Do your best to set aside a certain time period for schoolwork, as routine can help your child to remain focused on the activity.
- Teach them gently and slowly
Organization will not develop overnight. Be patient with your child and help him or her to develop the skills and focus slowly, day by day. Even if your child has attention deficit problems, taking a slow, steady, and dedicated approach with realistic expectations can help to promote great results.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we are dedicated to the continued mental and physical health of the children in our community. Our medical team is proud to offer some of the most advanced, comprehensive pediatric care in the Southwest. To find an excellent pediatrician associated with Sunrise Children’s Hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5437.