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Getting Organized

One of the most important steps in good time management is having a place to organize your schedule.  While some might prefer to use their phone or other portable device (check out online reviews and price comparisons on, there are also a wide range of more economical paper planners available online or at your local office supply store. Because it’s a tool you’ll use every day, take the time to research popular brands (try Day Runner,  FranklinCovey, or MoleskineUS) and find the layout that best serves your needs (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly). If you settle for a planner you don’t like very much, you won’t actually use it. If you’re not finding something that excites you, try searching online for products made for specific types, like The Bubble Planner for visual thinkers and creative people, or The Busy Woman’s organizational tools.




National Center for Learning Disabilities Checklist

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

During schooling, parents and educators should be on the alert for consistent (and persistent) patterns of difficulty that children and adolescents experience over time, as they may signal that there is an underlying learning disability. While variations in the course of development are to be expected, unevenness or lags in the mastery of skills and behaviors, even with children as young as 4 or 5, should not be ignored. And remember: learning disabilities do not go away. A learning disability is not something that can be outgrown, or that is ‘cured’ by medication, therapy, or expert tutoring. So, early recognition of warning signs, well-targeted screening and assessment, effective intervention, and ongoing monitoring of progress are critical to helping individuals with learning disabilities to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life.

This is the NCLD’s self-assessment checklist, which covers possible indicators of gross and fine motor skills, language, reading, written language, math, social/emotional and Attention Deficit Disorders. Keep in mind that the checklist is designed as a helpful guide, and not as a tool to pinpoint specific learning disabilities. The more characteristics you check, the more likely that the individual described is at risk for (or shows signs of) learning disabilities. When filling out this form, think about the person’s behavior over at least the past six months.

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