I recently listened to a radio show on The Survival Mom radio network featuring Carolyn Dalgliesh. Carolyn is the author of The Sensory Child Gets Organized: Proven Systems for Rigid, Anxious, or Distracted Kids. I was immediately intrigued by what she had to say, especially in terms of helping kids with organization since the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. Here are the points that I found most interesting.
Parents need to be flexible and think differently about organizing our children, especially if they have sensory needs. What works for us as parents may not work so well for our children.
Parenting a child with sensory needs requires a lot of proactive rather than reactive parenting. Parents can focus on what situations might be challenging for their child and prep in anticipation of the event.
Setting up transition support is so helpful! Create a structure around it. Make sure to observe and figure out if the structure needs to be tweaked. For example, it can be especially hard for kids to transition from a desired activity to an undesired one. I love her advice to add in a middle step to ease the transition.
Visual aids are useful too. Having pictures and words for different daily activities, like morning routines or homework routines, can help children stay on task.
This radio show has made me interested in reading her book, I’m looking forward to getting more organization tips!