20 Ways to Help Your Child Overcome Perfectionism

Are you looking for ways to help your child overcome perfectionism? If so, keep reading.

1. Explain that the learner should be happy with their best effort rather than insist on perfection.

2. Give the learner shorter learning activities. As the learner shows success, slowly increase the length of the learning activities.

3. Notify the learner that work not finished in one sitting can be finished later. Give the learner ample time to finish earlier tasks to guarantee closure.

4. Give the learner more than enough time to finish a learning experience. As the learner shows success, slowly decrease the amount of time given to finish a learning experience.

5. Organize time limits so the learner knows how long they have to work and when work must be finished.

6. Allow a transition period between learning activities so the learner can make adjustments in their behavior.

7. Use a signal method (e.g., turning lights off and on) to notify that the end of a learning experience is near.

8. Create definite time limits and give the learner this information before a learning experience begins.

9. Get the learner to time learning activities to monitor their behavior and accept time limits.

10. Provide a consistent daily routine (schedule).

11. Provide consistent expectations within the capacity and ability level of the learner.

12. Let the learner finish the learning experience unless it is troublesome to the schedule.

13. Give the learner a list of learning materials needed for each learning experience (e.g., pencil, paper, textbook, workbook, etc.).

14. Show instructions/instructions prior to handing out appropriate learning materials.

15. Gather the learner’s learning materials (e.g., pencil, paper, textbook, workbook, etc.) when it is time to change from one learning experience to another.

16. Give the learner clearly stated expectations for all situations.

17. Give sufficient transition time for the learner to finish a learning experience and get ready for the next learning experience.

18. Stop the learner from becoming so stimulated by an event or learning experience that the learner cannot control their behavior.

19. Define expectations of various environments and help the learner develop the skills to be successful in those environments.

20. In collaboration with other school staff members, create as much consistency as possible in the school environment (e.g., rules, criteria for success, behavioral expectations, consequences, etc.).

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