A Psychologist’s Guide To ADHD Organization: Part 1

A Psychologist’s Guide To ADHD Organization Part 1

Hello, everyone! Whether you’re cooped up inside during the cold winter months or trying to get outside on those warm summer days, it always seems difficult to stay on top of everything. How do you organize?

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately from parents about ADHD organization tips. . We asked one of our psychologist providers, Dr. Ann Marie, to give us some pointers. Ann Marie works with families whose kids have ADHD, and, through years of experience with many parents and their children, she has quite a bit of insight into how to get you on track. Read on for simple, specific tasks that you can start implementing now to change your daily routine.

A Bit About Ann Marie…

Dr. Ann Marie is a New York State Licensed Psychologist who has built her career around helping children, teens, young adults and families thrive. She has collaborated with and worked in multiple settings, including residential centers, outpatient clinics, schools, law enforcement, hospitals, nanny agencies, and foster care. She specializes in working with clients who have experienced stressors such as being bullied, intense work pressures, major life changes, loss of a loved one, separation from family members, family conflict, sexual assault, and relationship violence.

Utilizing client-centered and cognitive-behavioral techniques, she works with her clients to facilitate healing. She has helped children and young adults gain coping strategies to overcome depression and anxiety. Trained in Structural Family Therapy, Ann Marie has assisted families in improving communication and enjoying their time together. She has also guided families with support for the caregiver-child match and the nanny-parent relationship.

Ann Marie holds her Master’s from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She provides training to student therapists and is a guest speaker for many groups in and out of the wellness industry.

ADHD Organization Tips From Psychologist Ann Marie

Whether school is in full swing or you’re gearing up for another year, parents of children who have an ADHD diagnosis may find themselves stretched thin and with worn patience during many times throughout the year. The first half of the year brings substantial change and newness in daily routines and classroom expectations. The second half of the school year brings harder classroom work, longer homework assignments, and higher expectations from teachers that students will be at their best, as they should be used to the school routine. It always seems to feel like a demanding time for any student, but for children with ADHD who often have difficulty with organization, focus, and social interactions, this can be a particularly difficult. Parents may feel exhausted, but worry that they don’t have the tools to help their child succeed. What can be done?

Caregivers should first go back to basics. Ensuring their children are eating healthy and balanced meals, getting enough sleep, and releasing physical energy every day can go a long way in fostering success in any child, but especially in children with ADHD. If children are prescribed medication that seemed to work during another transition time but is not as effective now, parents should check in with their child’s physician to see if adjustment is warranted due to a growth spurt or greater demands on the child’s concentration. For children who have sleep problems, medication may need to be adjusted in terms of timing or type so that sleep comes more readily.

Once the basics are taken care of, there are several areas caregivers can focus on to make routines more successful and pleasant for the whole family. Focusing on improving organization and planning may go far. Including the child in some of these tips can help to instill some pride and ownership, which may lead to more cooperation and success!

Mother and daughter reading together at home.

Part 2 of this article, which can be found by clicking here, lays out the specific steps to help turn your family’s home into a productive ADHD Organization workspace!

Just a reminder about venturing into new endeavors in your daily life: It’s important to note that it’s often better to make drastic changes one step at a time, and not try to jump into trying to include tons of new tasks all at once. Focus on one brand new idea (and only that brand new idea!), and gradually build up into a rhythm that works for you and your family. You’re more apt to stick to something if you really give each step a good try, and if you truly work on learning how to incorporate that one new thing into your body and mind. We recommend one new task per week. Life is already crazy enough — don’t be too hard on yourself!

Interested in learning more about working with a family psychologist? You might be looking for a children’s psychologist, marriage psychologist, couple’s psychologist, or someone to work with the whole family. If you would like some recommendations on the best family psychologist in your area, please reach out to us! We can connect you with any of the health and wellness services you need, which includes top notch therapy! We’re happy to help. If you would like me to connect you with one of our expert therapists or dietitians, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Read Part 2 of this article for specific skills that you can start implementing in your house.

Do you have any tips? What works for you with ADHD organization in your family? Let us know in the comments!

Good luck organizing, wellness warriors!