Ideas to help with personal organisation...
To do lists in the form of a mind map, flow chart or priority list of things to be done. For example a tick list of things to go in the school bag, left by the front door.
Get into routines: for example, lay out clothes/shoes the night before as a routine to save any stress locating missing items when the clock is against you. Let your child play a bigger role in this process as time goes on and one day he/she will hopefully become independent.
Use set timings: Up at the same time, shower at the same time, and breakfast at the same time. Try setting a series of alarms on a phone or digital watch with different ring or bleep tones to go off at key points in the day when things should be happening.
Organising school books: use a white board, split into days of the week using colour coding and symbols. Log in the books brought back from school and the day they are needed back at school. You can add additional notes regarding homework and other things to remember.
Colour coding: school books or folders with corresponding text books for each subject can be helpful. You can use temporary covers or just put bright sticky coloured notes on the spines.
Storing homework: use a dedicated thin folder or bag compartment to store completed homework to hand in. This might help prevent homework slipping into the wrong place and getting lost.
Sticky notes : stick a note for each task or things to remember/do on the door out of the house. If reading is difficult you could use pictures. Your child can then remove each note as they leave if the task has been done or item remembered. It will help develop independence and the need to keep reminding
Voice recording memos or pictures on a phone for older children, together with alarms set for additional activities.
Understood.org has some great tips to help with organisation for all ages, for example packing school bags, using a smart phone to stay organised for teens…. To read more click here.