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Executive Function: Visual Planning Charts for Unorganized Kids
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Oftentimes children who struggle with Executive Function also struggle with organization and need to break down simple tasks through visualization. When creating visual planning charts, kids may find tasks to be less daunting and manageable as they get ready for school, complete chores, do their homework and find activities to keep them active after school.
Preparing charts with pictures helps a child remember the tasks they are assigned and makes it much easier for your child to follow. These exercises allow your child to not only visualize what they need to do in their head, but also improves their ability to follow directions and lowers the chance of them skipping steps, especially if they haven’t fully developed their executive functioning skills. Children can use these planning charts to establish healthy routines and better management skills as way of preparing the brain for higher learning in the classroom.
The visual planning charts below can help your child set a schedule for different tasks and gives you some ideas of how you can create your own charts for other chores and after school activities.
Getting Ready for School
With the hustle and bustle of getting ready for school each day, it can be tough to get everything ready for both you and your child. To help them better prepare for school each morning on their own, have your child use this visual planning chart to organize their backpack before going to school.
Pack your Lunch
Helping your child prepare their own lunch each morning can save you time and will give them an opportunity to choose good nutritional foods that keep them focused and attentive for learning. This is a great trick in the morning to exercise their brain for other organizational tasks they will perform throughout the day.
After School Chores
We all know after school is a time for chores, homework and even relaxation. Having your child complete a few simple chores each day after school will reorganize the brain and will sharpen their focus for completing homework. Chores also provides your child with heavy work to build their proprioception, gets the body moving and introduces brain breaks to rewire the brain for better executive function and organization. We all need a mental break, but working the body also means working the mind. This visual planning chart can help your child stay active and prepares them for homework after school.
Visual Planning Charts
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