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Do you have a child who struggles with organisation?

Natalie Nicholls, child learning specialist, joined Mike to share her tips on how to help your child get organised. Organisation requires maturity of our frontal lobe, which is the control centre of our brain. For children with a learning difficulty, their frontal lobe takes longer to develop. “The first tip is to understand our children and understand what could be happening here.”

Stress is a major factor in disorganisation. The amygdala is the part of the brain which processes fear and anxiety. If this is activated by stress it takes priority over the executive function of our brain, “because the brain wants to look after survival first.”

Natalie’s tips to get organised

1. Relieve the overwhelming stress in your life. Take care of yourself, get plenty of sleep, exercise and eat a balanced diet.
2. Introduce prompts or triggers: Have an external reminder like setting it in your phone or computer.
3. Set small achievable goals: Big goals can be overwhelming so break it down into smaller parts
4. Reward yourself: Go out to a movie with friends or enjoy a hobby you love.

“Remember it takes approximately 66 days to change a habit. The brain doesn’t like change so it’s not going to be easy. There’s going to be a period where it’s like, I don’t want to do this anymore. But once you pass that it starts to get easier.”

Want more information or need to ask Natalie a question? You can join the Facebook Group: PLECS: Learning Difficulties Support Group for Parents. Or let us know your thoughts by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!

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