Order Out of Chaos was started when my son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and Executive Functioning Deficiencies. Uncovering ways to get and keep him organized at home and at school became my passion … and my business. Since that day, Order Out of Chaos has worked with students – both mainstream and with learning differences – to teach organization and time management skills. We believe that organizing is a life skill – and not just for school.
Our goal is for each student to take age-appropriate responsibility for their schoolwork, time and activities while eliminating the stress and pressure that comes from being disorganized. Starting with the foundation that every child learns and thinks differently, and therefore organizes differently, we create systems that are unique to each student.
- Paper and Binder Management
- Time Management Techniques
- Planners and Gadgets
- Software and Apps
- Time Mapping, Timers and the Analog Clock
- Motivation and Procrastination
“When working with students, we take a holistic and very personal approach to develop systems tailored to their learning styles.”
Scott is a 17 year old junior in high school. He had been recently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder prior to his mother calling Order Out of Chaos. She reached out as Scott had been doing well in school throughout his sophomore year. With the addition of AP classes, SAT and ACT studies, and college preparation, he had begun struggling severely with time management and organization. He had previously done his homework in a semi-timely fashion and now was struggling to begin his work. What assignments he did complete, he barely handed in. He rarely wrote assignments down and found himself working late into the night before a long-term assignment was due.
After meeting with Scott and discussing his working and learning styles, Order Out of Chaos worked to implement a plan for him. First, we introduced using a timer to enable Scott to break down his assignments into manageable blocks of time with scheduled breaks. Second, we had Scott do his homework in the kitchen which provided him with “body doubling” and background noise, both of which enabled him to stay anchored and focused to his work. Third, we set up an individualized planner tailored to Scott’s activities and schedule, allowing him to take better control of his time. Lastly, we introduced many tools and strategies to keep him on task and motivated. End results? No more late night cramming or missed assignments.