Organizational Tools, Tricks and Apps for Children with Special Needs
It’s normal for a child to hate doing homework, but for children with special needs, this hatred can quickly develop into tantrums and meltdowns and make a necessary task difficult for everyone involved. If the right amount of structure and routine is built into the task however, the daily experience of doing homework can build a stronger relationship between the parent and child.
It is important to find the right place for your child to do homework, and that place may not necessarily be a desk. The kitchen table, where you can monitor progress, or even on the floor if it’s too distracting to sit for long periods of time, will work. Its important to remain flexible and adapt to whatever will continue to work for the child, allowing for flexibility when an approach stops working.
Keeping your child’s work organized so that what needs to be accomplished can be easily found and tracked is essential. Our Social Skill Builder Software, School Rules can help your child organize their materials and offers a way to track their progress with easy to navigate prompts. Additionally, there are apps available that can help children of any age accomplish their tasks in an efficient manner. For example, Plan It, Do It, Check It Off by I Get It, LLC can help pre-readers make lists they can understand by using pictures that can be checked off when the task pictured is completed. In this same vein, Photomind, allows for a multi-sensory approach to a calendar or a to-do list, attaching a specific photo to a reminder or a task.
Time management is an abstract skill to teach and is essential in the life of a productive adult. Effective time management can be learned from childhood, and using an app like Binary Hammer can help your child get started on the road toward effective routine time management. This app will also allow you to set up a list of tasks and assign a length of time in which to complete them. Because the app is very visual, it makes it easy for child with learning disabilities to see when they are working efficiently towards their break time, or whether they need to work faster.
For high-school aged children, the app iStudiez can help your child organize their schedule, summarize their course load, track their grades, and keep up-to-date with pending tasks and upcoming classes. All of these skills are difficult to teach on their own, and useful throughout an entire lifetime, so it is a long-term investment in your child’s future.