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Practical Organization and Time Management Strategies for Middle and High Schoolers with ADHD [Video Replay and Podcast #186]

In this hour-long webinar-on-demand, learn how middle and high schoolers can stay organized at school with Michelle Cooper and Michelle Grey.

Episode Description

“Why didn’t you bring home the right textbook to do your homework?”
“How will you complete a month-long project in one night?”
“What do you mean, you don’t know what homework is due tomorrow?”

If you’ve ever asked these questions of your child, you know how challenging staying organized is for kids with ADHD. Students today have more demands, distractions and busier schedules than ever before. Using the strategies, tips, and resources offered in this webinar, parents can improve their children’s organizational and time management skills and thus their academic success.

This webinar will give you strategies for:

  1. managing the day-to-day organizational challenges facing students inside and outside the classroom
  2. understanding your child’s “thinking style” and finding organizing methods and tools that fit his or her style
  3. using organizational systems that will improve his or her chances of academic success
  4. collaborating with your child and his teacher to support his efforts at organization
  5. using products, books, and websites to ease the process of organization for your student

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Meet the Expert Speaker:

Michelle Cooper and Michelle Grey have more than 25 years of professional organizing experience combined and more importantly, are mothers of teenage children. Having had corporate careers and successful individual organizing businesses, Michelle and Michelle joined forces in 2006 to create Student Organizers of Atlanta (SOA). They conducted extensive research about learning styles, brain function, ADHD, Executive Functions, LD, and other topics. Cooper and Grey are active members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), NAPO-GA, Golden Circle of NAPO, and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).  They were both members of the 2007 inaugural class to become Certified Professional Organizers (CPO®). Both participate in continuing education classes regularly to adhere to the strict standards required to maintain their professional certification.

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on July 20, 2017. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.

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4 Comments & Reviews

  1. My soon to be 6th grader will start a middle school of 1500 students with no lockers. The students change classes seven times per day. My daughter is very messy and disorganized. What strategies/suggestions do you recommend to help her manage middle school and stay organized?

    1. I bought my 6th grade son a bound set of folders at Staples that had 8 folder slots in all. Each folder was a different color and I labeled the front of each folder with a class. He had Bible, STEAM, Science, History, Math, Language Arts, PE, and Homeroom. He was the type of kid who previously jammed everything into his bag and I’d find multiple crunched papers at the bottom often, including birthday party invites. In 6th grade, I told him to take this binder to every class no matter what and to put any papers, homework, permission ships, etc. in the appropriate folder during the day. After school we’d sift through it. He ended up even keeping classroom work they hadn’t finished in it so that it could be finished in homework or the next day at school. It worked very well. However, the version I bought him was made of paper, not plastic. Halfway through the year we had to replace it because the binding was coming off and folders were pulling away. This year we’re prepared with something similar but it’s a 1″ binder with 7 plastic folders held in by 3 metal rings. Also, I found my son likes to slip papers he’s currently working on or instructions inside the plastic front of binders, so I found folders that FIVE STAR makes what also have the plastic front to the folder and then when you open it up it has two folders inside for that subject. We’ll see how that works for 7th grade.

    2. With no lockers, a roller bag is a must. Also, I know a mom who bought her son duplicates of all his text books so that he didn’t have to take anything home or forget to take them home. Like the Webinar said, the schools do give a 2nd set of books for accommodations, so ask for this. In my experience, what the school’s homework website looks like will be key to whether your child does well or not with knowing their homework. If you have a school that doesn’t have one site that all the middle school teachers use to report homework, and they all have their own website, don’t always post, or have none at all, start email relationships with teachers ASAP and have them work with you as best you can get them to help to provide the daily info to you regularly. Having a 6th grader with ADD and trying to get her to step up and know all her assignments from a variety of chalkboard posts, verbal statements, and various teacher’s sites is too challenging and you will be dealing soon enough with snowballed “missing” assignments and test failures. If you have this bad set-up I’m referring to, get the info yourself and then sit down with your child everyday when homework is about to begin, and show them where you got the info and walk through with them on assimilating it into either a calendar/agenda or a two-week, day-by-day list of items due each day in each class on paper. My son liked the latter. But all year I had to do the writing out of the items for him while he watched. But as the year goes by, she will see that it’s having that reference point that keeps the “boat afloat” and helps managed time. By 7th grade, I’m hoping my son buys more into creating the list himself. But don’t assume that if you throw the kids in the deep end that they can swim. You need to teach them how to swim and start in the beginner’s end.

    3. In response to wcjames66, i recommend purchasing two 5-section upright (portrait) accordion files. I suggest cutting off the top flaps as those create and extra step/barrier. Keep those two files upright in your daughter’s backpack. This way, she can keep each subject in its own slot and then leave one slot for homework to be turned in, one for homework to do and one for notes between school and parent. She can just dump papers in each section as she attends each class throughout the day. Many people do better when they just have to drop in, stuff in, toss in, shove in, or place in a folder than having to take the time and energy required to put a piece of paper in a 3-ring binder. When the folders become full, help your daughter put the papers into a home storage notebook or multi-section location file for that class’s papers.

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