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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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4.5 What Parents Can Do to Help with Organization

Children with ADHD are often significantly delayed in their development of organization skills. They need to be taught strategies and encouraged to use methods that will work for them. They also need much more direct adult support and organizational assistance than most other children their age so that their impaired organizational skills don't cause them to fail at school.

Supplies and Materials

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  • Provide your child with a backpack and notebook or binder according to the teacher's specifications.
  • It is recommended that beginning in third grade your child should use a three-ring binder with colored subject dividers and a plastic pouch for pencils and other small supplies. Students in kindergarten through second grade should use a soft pocket folder for storing their papers.
  • Provide a spelling dictionary or list of common and frequently misspelled words, a multiplication chart, and any other useful reference materials for your child's notebook.
  • Provide your child with plastic sleeves that can be inserted into the notebook for storing important papers that are not three-hole punched.
  • Place hole-punched colored folders in the binder—for example, red for homework, blue for parent notices or papers to be left at home. When folders are attached to notebook rings, papers that are placed in the folders have less chance of being lost or falling ...

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