Quick Tip

Don’t Confuse Smart with Organized

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In order to do well in school, kids need two things: organization and intelligence. And guess what? There’s a big difference between them!  “Smart” is often confused with the ability to “do school.” But they are very different, indeed!

Just because a child is bright, doesn’t mean she is well organized. While ADHD kids tend to have higher intelligence than average kids, they struggle with organizing, prioritizing, time management and even memory. So it’s great that they can understand complicated concepts, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are able to easily communicate their knowledge to their teachers.

So when you find yourself saying, “my child isn’t working up to his potential,” separate out intelligence from organization. If he’s an absent-minded-professor-type, he might actually be doing pretty well (considering he has trouble finding his socks in the morning!)

Help your kids make the distinction between smart and organized. When they start accepting that they’re smart (even though they struggle with organization), you might just find that they’ll be willing to use those systems you suggested! After all, they’re not stupid – they WANT the teacher to know how smart they are! 

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