We held our drawing today at noon for the winners of the featured book, Organizing Your Disorganized Child, in our winter newsletter. Winners were drawn from a list of patient families who have shared their email address with us. Each winner will be notified in a personal email from Anne Pink. Drawings for our featured books will be held quarterly shortly after each newsletter, Pediatracks, is published and available in the office or on-line. If you’d like to be in the drawing for our next featured book, please send your email contact information to Anne.Pink@pyam.com. Thanks and good luck!
Below is the review written by Dr. Delahunty for this terrific book:
Organizing Your Disorganized Child by Martin L. Kutscher and Marcella Moran is an excellent resource for parents who are struggling with helping their child succeed in school. From the initial pages where the authors quickly relieve our parental guilt with “If we must assign blame, then it falls to a child’s frontal lobes. The fault is not the parents’ or the teachers’. The fault does not lie in the child’s willfulness. It’s the brain.” This quick-reading and practical book teaches you how to assist your children, to be their safety net, and to listen to them as together you devise the best possible approach to organization and studying for their individual styles.
With advice and step-by-step tips it will help you partner with your child to set up the study area, choose the appropriate supplies, arrange the locker, get the assignments from school to home, plan the work, and return the work to school. There is an excellent chapter on “Super Study Skills” which includes reading effectively, note taking tips, studying effectively, and test-taking tips. The final chapter helps parents improve the morning and nighttime routines with their kids, and there is an appendix with information about where to purchase the recommended supplies and where to get more information and support.
This book has something for everyone. From first grade to graduate school, the strategies can help establish good organization or hone your current system.
We see many children with learning challenges including dyslexia and symptoms of inattention. We talk a lot about the need to have a good system at home to make certain that the work is being done and returned to school. This is my go-to guide for parents who are looking to establish that system.