Organizational Skills for Elementary School-Aged Children

Many children with conditions like Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle to stay organized, manage their time, and plan activities. Even when ADHD is being well treated, organizational problems can cause difficulties in school and create headaches at home.

To address this need for children in grades 3-5, Drs. Howard Abikoff and Richard Gallagher created Organizational Skills Training (OST). A rigorous clinical trial showed that OST resulted in meaningful and long-lasting improvements in the organizational skills of the children who were trained.

Eligibility and Participation

To better understand how to improve such training programs, we now want to identify the brain changes resulting from OST treatment. With funding from NIH, Dr. Francisco X. Castellanos and his team have begun a new study enrolling children in grades 3-5 (as long as they have a main teacher) who struggle with organization.

Participation includes a no-cost brief assessment, two brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and a no-cost individualized OST program for 12 weeks. The study takes place at the Child Study Center at One Park Avenue (33rd St), Manhattan.To see if your child might benefit from Organizational Skills Training, please complete a short quiz.

For More Information

Please contact us at (646) 754-5147 or csc.organizedkids@nyumc.org.