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 student should be happy with their best effort rather than insist on perfection.

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

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

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

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

6. Allow a transition period between learning activities so the student 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 student this information before a learning experience begins.

9. Get the student 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 student.

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

13. Give the student 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 student’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 student clearly stated expectations for all situations.

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

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

19. Define expectations of various environments and help the student 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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