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Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School Paperback – August 25, 2009
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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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Summary: easy read, organized thoughts/discussions, written for parents of disorganized children.
A must read ...........
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!