Understood.org has a mission to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3‚Äì20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children‚Äôs issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.
The multidisciplinary team at Child and Family Development regularly recommends this website and it’s wonderful articles, resources and tools.
Recently, Marie Arrington MAT NBCT, educational specialist at the Pineville office, noticed an article about organizing backpacks. Our educators help students from preschool- college with executive functioning skills that support academic success. She like the tools this one offered.
In particular, Marie likes this simple and kid-friendly backpack checklist item. It is easy to modify and customize to match your child‚Äôs specific needs. She expands on the idea by suggesting that younger kids is to use pictures of the materials they need, rather than or in addition to words. They can then check off each picture once they have it in their bag. Either way, it is such an easy, helpful tool that helps keep your child organized!
She advises using low-tech tools (along with apps and programs when appropriate) to help kids stay organized. Explore tips like defining what a “messy room” is‚Äîand what a “neat room” looks like. And consider downloading our checklists and planners that can help make day-to-day routines easier for both parent and child.
The backpack checklist tag is partially pictured above and is also available on their website here.
Be sure to join our 9/28/17 workshop about executive function, Parent Boot Camp For School Year Success. More ideas will be shared at the event. Learn more about the workshop here.
Learn more about educational assessment and tutoring services here.