Time to Get Started: A Story about Learning to Take Initiative is a book written for parents, teachers, therapists and tutors working with children who have trouble getting started on tasks. Having raised two children with ADHD, and as a pediatric speech language pathologist, this difficulty has been on my personal front burner for years. The precepts of Time to Get Started are clear. Getting things done is hard. And one step at a time is needed.
The story itself reads like fiction, but the child and parent together should be able to discuss the salient points, how everyone has trouble with getting started on tasks, and then how to "fix" that. The story is about a boy who has difficulty with being overwhelmed with tasks and completing them.
There is a an extensive part at the end for parents and educators that would be invaluable. The author discusses the need for structure and breaking tasks down so that the overwhelming nature of getting things accomplished occurs. The use of timers, explaining how behaviors impact them and others when they don't follow through is discussed, as is the need to help the child in prioritizing things that need to get done through out their day.
The illustrations help keep this a child friendly book without being too preachy. Educators might want to purchase this for their classrooms for those times when children need reminded how to approach larger tasks. Counselors who run social groups for ADHD could use this book for a jumping off point for keeping focus.
Recommend this book highly!
Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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