Any ideas on organizational skills?

by ugates
(Hampton, AR, United States)

My daughter is 10 now and in the fourth grade. She has sensory processing disorder, high functioning autism, complex-partial seizures, moderate receptive-expressive language disorder, and memory disorder. Her teacher has complained about her crying outburst and her organizational skills. Her teacher wrote a note saying she needs to work on her organizational skills and that her desk is very messy on a daily basis. Her teacher told me she doesn't see any thing wrong with her and she is just like every child in the class. She expects the best from my daughter. My daughter is giving her best. A lot of her problems are mild, but she still has problems and when she gets stressed and anxious it exasperates her problems into a full meltdown. I can not get her teacher to understand this.


She also has her work modified, but the way her teacher modifies it is she will add points to her work to where she's not failing or she will send it home for me to teach her. Sometimes it takes a while for her to understand the information and I do not want to spend a hour or two on homework. I feel like they are not teaching her much just scooting her along to where it makes them look good.

My daughters social skills have improved, but I feel as though that is all she is getting from school. I told them that she needs one on one instruction, but they just can't provide that. It is a small school and not enough of teachers. I feel like if her teacher would spend a little more time with Haley she would do better. Like for instance, modify her work the way it needs to be done.

My daughter is in speech and occupational therapy. I have spoken of this problem with her speech teacher, the special education coordinator, not sure where to go next. I did write a note back to her teacher saying I would work on her organizational skills at home. I do not know what I can do at home to help her with keeping her desk neat while she is at school. I have also seen her teachers desk and maybe her teacher could practice what she preaches.

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Aug 14, 2010
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programme
by: Anonymous

yes i would advice you to start a primitive reflex inhibition programme. i too have an 11 year old girl with SPD.need more info email me at martheseg@live.com

Aug 07, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I am a person with HFA, and I struggled throughout K-12, but struggled the most in High School. Because in High School, I felt like my experience was being thrown into a swimming pool without knowing how to swim. I entered my 9th grade year of high school and my grades went down the toilet. I didn't figure out organizational skills till my 2nd year of college because I got A's in 2 classes and C's in 2 classes. The C's in the 2 classes were because I wasn't organized enough. You have to make sure when you teach kids organizational skills, teach them early and don't make them wait till their 2nd year of college (btw, I won't get out of community college for a while due to the fact that I had a near-death experience in high school, as well as not taking challenging enough classes that would prepare me for college). (Note, when I was put in mainstreamed classes, I couldn't handle the social demand of it).

But I suggest you to teach your kids good organizational skills, good ways to stay focused doing homework, good ways to socialize and relate to kids, good ways to stay physically active, so they can be prepared for later years in life and so they can live happy and healthy like everyone else. Make sure you get your kids to get focused to have an interest to try in school and form interests in things that will benefit in the real world. If you convince your kids to use AS tendencies on useful things, that can create good results.

I wish I had some people to teach me these lessons. I nearly almost bombed 3 semesters of community college and barely pulled of a 3.0 GPA in the 4 semesters (it will take me some time to transfer to a 4-year university as I said due to being ill-prepared in high school). But I have learned lots of lessons on how to get organized for each class and I have to learn things on my own. I am shooting to pull a 3.8-4.0 GPA for my transfer units to a 4 year college. But with a good attitude and knowledge of what I am doing, plus good communication skills with teachers, I can get to my goals. Just make sure your kids understand the real world and I can guarantee you, they will triumph and live normally just like everyone else. Unfortunately, I didn't grow out of my issues till up to now, in my 2nd year of college, but I still have a long way to go (mainly succeeding academically and keeping up academically).

Jan 02, 2009
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Any ideas on organizational skills?
by: Carolyn

I am Special ed teacher and have 8 special needs students in my classroom full time.

They vary with disabilities although for the most part they have moderate learning problems. Each child has their own IEP that I do my best to follow. Although it has been a trend in my school district in the last few years to chose goals that are based on what they should be learning in the classroom.

For example I might include counting or adding and subtracting as a goal for students. Another example might be letter recognition or reading comprehension. Then as an additional goal I might include something like cutting with scissors if they have poor fine motor skills.


If you feel your child's IEP goals are not being met or if the modifications are not being followed then I would suggest you discuss this with the teacher first. If the teacher does not give you an acceptable explanation then I would talk with the principal or someone who is in charge of Special Education. If all else fails you might contact your state's education dept or agency for help. There are usually liason's who can help troubleshoot or problem solve for you. You should have been given a paper or document with your rights with some phone numbers.

Hopefully this provides you with some help or at least a place to start.

Dec 31, 2008
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SHE HAS AN IEP
by: ugates

I guess I forgot to mention she does have an IEP. Up until now it has been followed. My daughter just got most of these diagnosis this past summer. You would think that the school would be more considerate because of this. I wish more people would just take the time to educate themselves on these things.

What steps do I need to take next if there is an IEP violation?

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