My name is Robert and I have some dear friends whose son has had 11 strokes.
They have to make a decision within the next couple of years whether he can go to college or not. The boy is smart, but has memory problems.
According to his mom, he seems to have problems choosing which things are most important to do. However, after talking with her, I've determined that (yes I am a doctor) part of that is the boy does not have a set system for knowing when things are due and has to relearn how to prioritize based off of a process sheet I'm trying to create with the aid of his parents (both professionals).
Already the boy has a habit of writing down everything that he considers important on paper. He has to do that or he'll completely forget about it.
When I asked the mother a few minutes ago about his skills in planning, she said they aren't so good. The example she provided was simply this: he has the opportunity to go to either one of two speech/debate camps this summer or a classical reading camp. His mom told him to decide which one and tell her. When she asked today, he said, "I thought you already had signed me up for a camp."
Obviously I believe if I could help him learn this system that it could make a tremendous difference in his productivity in life. He's a great kid, and I really need the following from readers of this group:
1. Are there any other questions I should be asking to determine his "capability" to use the system?
2. Has anyone out there ever done this before using Getting Things Done?
3. If I somehow with the help of everyone get this going, Would Mr. Allen mind me posting the "case" to a brain study/support group website?
4. Any and all suggestions, as I have an appointment next week with the parents.
5. Obviously, the boy definitely needs to know when loops are open or closed, so any other hints besides what's in the book?
Thank you all for your help, because if you're like me, you probably realizee that helping someone else with this means you learn the skills better too!