Organization describes the ability to design and maintain systems for keeping track of information or materials. Essentially it is the process in which one takes care of others’ belongings and their personal belongings while maintaining order in their personal space
Children who struggle with the ability to organize independently, often struggle in a variety of areas. Lack in this area can lead to situations like missing homework assignments, having an unorganized workspace, or extreme frustration.
It’s important to begin teaching children how to organize independently from an early age, in order to build the skill and mitigate negative outcomes as a result of the skill deficit.
Ways School Psychologists Can Support Both Caregivers and School Teams for Students who Struggle with Organization
Caregivers: Helping children with this skill begins at home. Children can practice this skill by sorting (ie. laundry in bins, toys, or clothes) and regularly cleaning their play or workspace.
School Teams: Students who have messy desks or are missing a large number of assignments (even though they are in good attendance) might have difficulty with organization.
Using checklists, having a colored coded organization system, implementing daily desk and backpack cleaning routines, and keeping a consistent location to turn in assignments, are all strategies that can be used to help students who have difficulty organizing.
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