HomeorganizationThoughts on the Parenting Coach from Understood

I have the hardest time with time management, which is a common problem with dyslexia. I either get lost in what I’m doing and forget to move on to the next thing, have trouble preparing for the task at hand or finish more quickly than I thought I would.

I’ve often wondered how people learn how to manage time so effectively. It seems almost like a natural skill, but I know it had to be learned somewhere. I’m sure many folks learn from classes, but I’m betting more learn from experience or their parents.

Those of us who are neurodiverse are a bit different, which means our parents must employ subtly different tools for us than our neurotypical counterparts. One of the best I’ve seen so far is the web page Understood.org. (By the way, I’m not affiliated with them in any way. I just like what I’ve seen from them so far.)

Today, I decided to check out their Parenting Coach section. I specifically looked at the Getting Organized & Managing Time option for 12th grade, since I had such a hard time with that, myself.

A lot of what was there would have helped me immensely as I grew up, especially the visual organization suggestions, like marking a physical calendar and having it readily visible. I’m sure it would have made life easier on my parents, too.

There were a few things that wouldn’t work for me, like having the alarm set for every 8 minutes during an assignment, because that would break my concentration, but it could work for others.

These are some of my favorite tips:

  • Celebrate the process instead of the outcome
  • Keep a log of start and stop times
  • Look for patterns in schedule problems

Of all of the organizational tips I’ve seen, these are the three I’ve seen the least of. In fact, I might start trying the last two tips to maximize my time and productivity.

I’m also intrigued with the idea of a Graphic Organizer. I hadn’t heard of it before, and I wonder if it’ll help me with some of the bigger projects I have on the go right now.

Being a visual thinker means visual organization methods, like this dry-erase calendar, help me immensely.

What struck me as I read through the sub-sections was the concentration on working with your child instead of doing the work for them. Intellectually, I think all parents know that, but the problem comes in actually figuring out how to do it.

Although the techniques I’ve read about from Understood so far could be helpful for parents, the best part about them is how they concentrate on working together while teaching independence.

Like so many accommodative methods, these tips would also help a lot of parents of neurotypical kids. I’d love to see what some of my readers who are also parents think of them.

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