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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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4.6 What Teachers Can Do to Help with Organization

Students with ADHD often have significant difficulty with organization, a common impairment because of poor executive functioning skills (Lists 1.2, 1.5,). It is important that teachers recognize that disorganization is related to these children's disorder and to provide the needed support, assistance, and teaching of organization skills. Fortunately, any efforts to teach students how to be organized and in creating and maintaining an organized classroom benefits all students, not just those with ADHD.

Organize Student Workspace and Materials

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  • Require the use of a three-ring binder or notebook starting in third grade (fourth grade at the latest).
  • Students in kindergarten through second grade should use a pocket folder for carrying their papers daily.
  • Require all students to carry a backpack and to bring the notebook, binder, or pocket folder to and from school in their backpack every day. Starting at an early age with this expectation builds the habit by training both students and their parents to use these organizational tools daily.
  • Require the use of colored subject dividers and a pencil pouch for the notebook to include a few sharpened pencils with erasers, a plastic pencil sharpener, and other small supplies and essentials. A flat, plastic three-hole puncher that can be inserted in the rings of the notebook is also recommended. ...

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