Living with ADD/ADHD can be hectic, and parenting a child with this disorder can feel like an uphill struggle when even the simplest of tasks causes havoc. This book addresses the issues of organization and time management in relation to ADD/ADHD, suggesting practical ways of organizing your child's day and turning chaos into calm.
Accommodating short attention spans and short fuses, Cheryl Carter shows how, by using the F.I.R.S.T method (Fun, Individualism, Rules, Simplicity and Time management), even the most hyperactive and easily distracted of children can be taught to make their bed, pack their school bag, and generally get organized! The author recognizes that children hate anything that is boring, and finds fun ways around even the most mundane of tasks. Her no-nonsense, step-by-step strategies, in combination with positive affirmations and realistic demands, will get ADD/ADHD children organized, and from A to B without a hitch.
This book is a must-have for any flagging parent struggling to structure their child's life (and indeed their own!). It will also be of interest to family members, teachers, and anybody close to a child with ADD/ADHD.
Cheryl R. Carter is the founder of Organized Kidz, an organization that assists special needs children with organization and study skills. She is a former special needs teacher, organizing and time management consultant and freelance parenting writer who has worked with families for over fifteen years. She is also a busy wife and mother who enjoys watching her daughter's soccer games, beating her husband at Scrabble and enjoying God in the ordinary. She lives in New York State. She is a former featured expert on LearningDisorders.com and also enjoys blogging. Visit www.ADD123.org for further information.
Introduction: No More Lost Homework. 1. Make it Fun but Keep it Firm. 2. Individualize with Interests. 3. Establish Rules With a Routine. 4. Keep it Simple and Specific. 5. Address Time and Transitions. 6. Plan for School Success. 7. Your Child's Bedroom. 8. Moving to Self Management. 9. Managing Your Home. 10. ADD/ADHD Questions. 11. Helpful Tips. Useful Resources. Suggested Chores for Different Ages. Example Checklists. Chart and Planner Templates. About the Author. Index.