Getting organized

Teens

Nobody ever becomes an expert parent. but i think good parenting is about consistency. It's about being there at big moments, but it's also just the consistency of decision making. and its routine. -Sebastian coe

WOrking clock

The Working Clock is an Executive Functioning strategy that was created by Sarah Ward and Kristin Jacobsen. It allows students to visually see the passage of time, and feel how much time they have throughout the day.

Students can color code their tasks in their planners and organizers, and then match the task to the color used on their Working Clock.

Have middle and high school students set their own schedule by chunking out the amount of time they will need for each task.

Get Ready, Do, Done

Three steps to success: “Get ready, do, done” 

The planning process is taught as a sequential process with visual tools that fade to mental imagery. Tweens learn the executive function process of “planning backwards” to “move forwards” for completing tasks. Using self-talk, your tween ask themselves, “What three questions do I ask myself to be a planner?” 

1. What will it look like when I am done? 

2. What steps do I need to take to match my done image? 

3. What materials will I need? 

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Once your tween anticipate what it will look like and feel like to be “done,” they engage in a mental dress rehearsal and practice the steps to “do” the task, and determine what they will need to “get ready.” To help them remember to “plan backwards,” three different colored mats are provided: red for “done,” green for “do,” and yellow for “get ready.” The mats are also laminated, so your tween can be “future sketchers” and sketch images of the tasks to be accomplished as part of that particular step. 

Sleep Meditation

Have a hard time getting your child to sleep?

Try having your teen listen to a sleep story before bed. 

The Calm App has some great meditations for sleep.

 Disclaimer: The resources and ideas found on this website are all research-based and vetted with a parent and educator lens. The tools listed have worked for our children; however, each child is different. This list is not exhaustive and is a compilation of ideas and strategies to try at home.  No information on this website should be used as medical advice. We are not clinical psychologists, but we do work alongside them as thought partners in this journey.