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Practical ideas for social, emotional and behavioral challenges

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Make Martha Stewart proud.

What you can do

Practice good housekeeping. Show your child how to stay neat and organized by putting your own stuff away and keeping household clutter to a minimum.

Make sure your child knows that everything has a place where it belongs, such as a bin for toys and a shoebox or other filing system for Mom’s bills and important documents.

Talk openly with your child about how difficult it is for you to keep your home tidy. But be sure to emphasize what a relief it is to know where things are rather than constantly having to hunt around for them.

What you can say

“Jacob, I know it’s hard for you to put all your things away. It’s hard for me to put my stuff away too. But all that effort helps me stay organized and makes it easy for me to find things when I need them. Let’s talk about what kind of boxes or other gear we could use that will help you organize your things.”

Why this will help

Children with learning and attention issues need consistency to encourage positive changes such as getting organized and sticking to routines. This is especially true for kids with ADHD. That’s why it’s so important for parents to “practice what they preach” and set a good organizational example.

Predictability plays a key role in helping kids with attention and organization issues. Knowing where things go is half the battle. The other half is getting into the habit of putting them away on a regular basis.

Children are more likely to successfully complete chores and other tasks when they know what to expect and what they are supposed to do.

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