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“An easy-to-read book full of practical information, written with humor and sensitivity. The authors understand children and the organizational problems that challenge many families. Every child, even those who perform well, will benefit from the organization strategies recommended in this comprehensive book.” (Betty B. Osman, Ph.D.Betty B. Osman, Ph.D.Betty B. Osman, Ph.D.Betty B. Osman, Ph.D., Author of No One to Play With: Social Problems of LD and ADHD Children)

“By revealing how the root causes of disorganization are not the fault of the parents, the teachers, or even the kids—but have to do with how the frontal lobes of the brain develop—this book will guide us to much more constructive solutions.” (Ellen Galinsky, President of the Families and Work Institute)

“This practical ‘how to’ book is an invaluable tool to help parents effectively guide their children in the development of organizational skills. The authors have translated their impressive expertise, wisdom, and insights into a remarkably comprehensive and refreshingly direct step by step approach.” (Barbara Firestone, Ph.D., President & CEO of The Help Group)

About the Author

Martin L. Kutscher, M.D., is board certified in Pediatrics and in Neurology, with Special Competency in Child Neurology. Kutscher is a graduate of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.



Marcella Moran, M.A., L.H.M.C., is a licensed psychotherapist and educational consultant who works with families to develop positive strategies for students who are disorganized.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061797413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061797415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin L. Kutscher, M.D. is board certified in Pediatrics and in Neurology, with Special Competency in Child Neurology. He lectures internationally, and is author of five recent books, including Organizing the Disorganized Child (with Marcella Moran); ADHD: Living without Brakes, Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, Bipolar and More: The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals; The ADHD BOOK: Living Right Now; and Children with Seizures. A graduate of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his pediatrics at Temple University's St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and a pediatric neurology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kutscher is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and of Neurology at the New York Medical College. Dr. Kutscher's medical practice is limited to pediatric behavioral neurology. He is author of the website www.SyndromeMix.com.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2009
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As a mother of a disorganized 11yr old boy I was at the end of my rope trying to get him to remember his homework, books,and backback! I was desparately looking for a book that would help me help him become more organized. I came across "Organizing the Disorganized Child" at our local bookstore, grabbed the only copy and ran (not walked to the checkout)and promptly read from cover to cover. Now I am rereading and hilighting and marking key points.

For any child, young adult or even adult this book is a lifesaver for the disorganized student. From the start the author discusses the different learning styles that children have and the best way to teach them to gather the right tools to organization. From getting the right supplies to use and implementation the author gives the child and parent a guide to succeed both in school and life.

If you or your child struggle to get homework done and/or get ready for school or work in the morning then this is the book for you. You won't be disappointed.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dedicated Mom on October 7, 2009
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I initially bought two books when I read the review; one for myself and one for my sister. Now I am back to purchase 5 more because I just have to share this book with my friends who are all suffering the homework blues!

I have always considered myself a very organized person (too much so, probably!) and I was able to pass this skill on to my oldest child. Then came my second! It seemed like nothing worked! All I kept hearing was, "I can't, I can't! I don't know how!" and I thought this was just her being obstinate or lazy or both. I would get angrier and angrier. I was at my wits end and resigned to the fact that this would always be a struggle for us.

Then I read in this book, "She was telling me exactly what the problem was-she really didn't have a clue how to start the task. She wasn't being lazy or trying to get away from her responsibilities. She simply didn't know how to organize herself. That insight helped me to turn aside my anger. Now I just needed to figure out how to help her." It was my situation excactly!

Just because I was so organized, it didn't mean my method of organization would work for my daughter. Thanks to this book, there are simple, concrete ways to determine exactly what works best for my daughter and the way she thinks/sees things. What works for me doesn't work for her and once we found what works for her, we were free! Free from frustration, free from screaming and free to focus on other things!

I recommend this to anyone who thought there was no hope for thier child to ever be organized. It is a book that is very specific and straightforward. I also think it's an excellent book for disorganized adults too!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Busy Parent on November 15, 2009
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To watch our bright child struggle in school simply because he couldn't remember assignments, books to bring home and a myriad of other organizational problems we were desperate to try anything to end the yelling and screaming about homework and projects. This book laid out some great simple suggestions and literally "cured" my son's disorganization. We were able to create fun reasons and games to make his schoolwork more manageable. Im hoping that he will be able to take these organization technics into high school and be as successful as he has become in grammar school. This book is a must read for any parent who is at their wits end with school work. If you have a child that struggles in school simply because they cant organize their work, don't miss this book... Respectfully, Two Very Relieved Parents.........
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Kenney on November 1, 2009
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Organizing the Disorganized Child is one of the best books I read in 2009. It is written clearly and simply with excellent organizing ideas. This book is so detailed in its descriptions (and photos) that I recommend it to teachers whenever I speak with them about creating a consistent classroom culture. I highly recommend this book to every family of kids and tweens, not just families who feel disorganized. It's an important contribution to the parenting literature and will be enjoyed by teachers, parents and even intelligent kids who wish to better understand their organizing style.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Reiko Funaki on July 29, 2010
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Good guide for how to get organized. Good advice on studying for tests. Appropriate for late elementary through high school.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Burton Kent on December 3, 2012
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This is a "parenting" book. And as a parent, I'm supposed to read it, then talk about it with my 12-year-old son.

I didn't do that. Didn't have to. I gave it to my son to look at, and he devoured it. I do admit I let him stay up late reading, but he would have read it anyway. Few books hold his attention as well as this one did. He came up with a list of everything he needed to use the system. Then we bought them. The most expensive was the Time Timer, 3 Inch, but that was totally worth it. It helps him get his homework done twice as fast, apparently by reminding him of time elapsing and turning it into a game to beat the clock.

Didn't have to encourage him, and I didn't read the book. I did order a copy after the fact from Amazon for him, but I'm not sure he needs it.

So yes it works. He is so dang proud for doing this by himself.
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