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Keep directions short and sweet.

What you can do

Give your child directions or explanations that are brief, simple and to the point. Start out by addressing your child by name to make sure you have her attention. Then check her understanding by asking her to repeat what you just said.

What you can say

“Sofia, we are leaving for basketball practice in five minutes. Please get your gym bag and check that you have everything. Then meet me by the door.”

“Tell me what you need to have in the bag? Great. I will see you in five minutes with your basketball bag by the door.”

Why this will help

Children with attention and organization issues get distracted easily and can be confused if people throw a lot of words at them all at once. Keeping the directions or explanations brief and focused will help your child get the message.

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