How to Tell if Your Child Has Poor Planning Skills

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Planning is the thinking skill that helps children develop strategies in order to accomplish goals. Planning helps kids think about how to complete a task before they attempt to complete it, and then set strategies and prioritize actions to see it through.

Planning plays a very important role in classroom success, as it enables children to develop a systematic approach to tackling assignments, helping them to meet deadlines and better manage their schedule. Planning helps kids understand what they need to read when it comes time to study, how to develop problem-solving strategies in math, and write clear and accurate compositions.

If you think your child may being experiencing difficulties with Planning, take a look at some of the following tell-tale signs of poor planning skills.

Kids with Poor Planning Skills Commonly:

  • Encounter problems in step-by-step processes.
  • Experience difficulties in setting priorities and goals.
  • Tend to complete their homework at the last minute.
  • Jump into activities without reading the directions.
  • Can be overly absorbed in the present moment.
  • Cannot combine school and social activities without getting overwhelmed by stress.
  • Tend to be bad at scheduling activities.
  • Fail to anticipate the tools necessary to successfully complete a task.
  • Prioritize their activities ineffectively.

If you’re looking for some fun, interactive ways to help your child develop and improve this key skill, take a look at our top Planning games and apps for Planning.

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