Messy or Organizational Issues?

If you’ve ever felt like you’re constantly reprimanding your child to no avail for leaving clothes all over his room, not cleaning up his dishes, and having a school bag in a constant state of disarray, perhaps there’s a bigger issue at play. For some kids, not knowing how to keep their belongings in order and constantly forgetting to do things are signs of organizational problems. And besides just resulting in behaviors that get under your skin, problems with organization can have a major affect on your child’s ability to succeed in school.

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Trouble with organizational skills can negatively affect your child at school.

Here are some common signs that your child has a problem with organization:

  • A tendency to keep losing things
  • Trouble remembering what to take to or bring home from school
  • Difficulty knowing where to put things consistently
  • Difficulty estimating how long something will take
  • Problems knowing the order in which to do something
  • Failure to take the right books or other materials home because of a hasty departure from school
  • Difficulty settling down and beginning work efficiently
  • A tendency to forget assignments
  • Difficulties with multitasking

In order to assist your child in becoming better organized, try these tips:

  • Monitor his/her assignment pad to ensure accuracy.
  • Request a second set of books to keep at home in case your child forgets books.
  • Keep a calendar of weekly activities in your child’s room.
  • Provide a checklist of steps for regular routines.
  • Maintain a structured and orderly environment at home, so your child can begin to predict schedules.

Poor organizational skills could also be a sign of attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD). To learn more about ADHD, read the Vitals ADHD Patient Guide.

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