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!

Stop Pushing Those Papers

Come up with a paper management system at the beginning of the school year. For younger children, it might be something as simple as putting three pocket-type folders in a binder. Label them “Homework to Do,” “Homework Done,” and “Notices.” Teach your child to put homework and notes from the teacher in the right folders. Ask your child for input, because he will be the one using the system. 
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