This School Year, Get It Together (And Keep It There)

The bottomless backpack. The always-messy desk. And, oh, the forgotten homework. These are all common problems among kids with ADHD and executive function deficits. Punishment won't make a difference; this organization system might!

Double Up on School Supplies

Remembering to tote school supplies and books back and forth every day can add significant stress for children with ADHD. Request a second set of textbooks to keep at home (some schools provide this as an IEP or 504 accommodation) so she doesn't have to do this. Stock a cabinet or closet with supplies. Post a checklist inside the door, and have your child make a note whenever she removes an item.
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