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Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School Paperback – August 25, 2009
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was recommended and has some good insights to the disorganized person and what works for them, however I felt it could be more straightforward. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ICthree
Some of these things we have already tried but all in all I learned a lot from this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with children.Published 10 months ago by Melodie Martini
A bit disappointing, especially given the other excellent books of Dr Kutscher, but I still took away some good ideas.Published 13 months ago by Dorie K
This book has been one of my best purchases. The author does a remarkable job of simplifying and categorizing a top that has many parents like me baffled. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shipra Mishra