Tip of the Week

February 21, 2023

Declutter your mind

Don’t try and hold in your mind what paper or a device can hold for you. In today’s fast-paced world, with so much coming at students from many different sources, it’s virtually impossible for them to keep track of everything in their head (that’s true of adults, too, by the way). For a child who struggles with executive function, it’s even more challenging. Instead of relying on memory, model for your child how to use paper or a device to help keep track of all the data, assignments, and plans that are swirling around in their head. 

  • Write out the steps for solving math equations
  • Create checklists and to-do lists
  • Set reminders in an online calendar or smartphone
  • Brainstorm ideas before writing
  • Track homework assignments in an agenda book or app 

Using paper or a device to hold important information helps ensure your child won’t lose track of anything and will free their mind to attend fully to whatever it is they’re doing in the moment.