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  • Gtd & Adhd

    My 2nd grade daughter has ADHD Inattentive type. I think that a Kids version of GTD might be just the thing for her to help keep her on track. Has anyone had experience with this? Any thoughts or advise would be appreciated.

    Dave

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    Eric Mack had a blog post about this a while ago. I don't think it's got too much detail, but may point you in the right direction.

    Disclaimer: I don't have kids, haven't tried to teach this to kids (but if I did, I would; I wish someone had taught me when I was a whippersnapper).

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    • #3
      I know someone with a very well defined system...

      I know someone with a very well defined system for kids with adhd and attention issues. It's not exactly like david allen's (which I use), but it is very comprehensive. She's in Dallas and her name is Debbie Loeb (maiden name). She doesn't do seminars or have software, but she is truly gifted at inspiring kids and getting them organized. Kids love her....she used to have a TV show and writes pop music....she worked for MTV, but was strait As in Berkeley. I have no idea what her phone number is, but if there is any way get in contact with her, she is the one. If you do a google search, you'll find a lot of stuff about her pop singing career.... but if she still tutors kids on the side, she's the one to talk to. Please tell her about David Allen or David Allen about her since kids' issues are very different from adults and Debbie has the process nailed. Good luck.

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      • #4
        As an adult who probably has ADD (never been diagnosed, but I am amazed that I *wasn't* ever officially diagnosed as a child) and who has a young daughter with strong ADD tendencies, I have found this system to be a lifesaver just in the few days I've had to implement it. (I just got my book last week.) The next action habit is one that I *cannot* innately do, due to the "overwhelm" that comes with ADD. That one thing - consciously determining what to do next - has totally revolutionized my thinking, and I could see, even as I was reading it, how much it would have helped me as a child. (When I tidied my room, my dad had to tell me each step to take.) I am so looking forward to teaching this stuff to my daughter. (Right now she's only four; I'm not sure she even knows what an "action" is, so I don't think I could explain it to her sufficiently.)

        So...all that was a really long-winded way of saying that I think your daughter would find these skills extremely helpful.

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        • #5
          When I was in 7th grade I had a homeroom class where the teacher would hand out a photocopied form on it on colored (e.g. pink or orange) paper. It was divided into 8 rectangles (the same as if you had folded it half 3 times.) Each of these 8 sections referred to a class period, so we could write down our assignments (e.g. read pages 20-25, answer questions 2,4,7) for the day. I would keep this paper in my back pocket. 2nd graders, I don't think have class periods, and the homework is probably handouts. In that case I'd think having a folder with homework to-do would be good, and maybe the other side of the folder (or another folder) could be finished homework to turn in. This might apply to higher grades: you could try to see if the teacher will send a to-do list of assignments each day. For example, books to be read for book reports, things to bring to class for projects etc.

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          • #6
            I would recommend keeping action lists to a minimum (as few lists as possible, not as few actions as possible) for a 2nd-grader. The context-based lists, though, are good - their concrete nature helps with the organization process for those of us who don't think well in the abstract.

            What sorts of tasks are you thinking of helping your daughter to organize with a system like this? I'd love to help you brainstorm how to make it work.

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