Carolyn’s account of how they have worked with a perfectionist pupil illustrates well how parents and teachers together can work with children like this.
In some respects, these children need the disciplines that dawdlers and careless students need–with a twist. While a timer sometimes helps the daydreamer/dawdler focus on getting work finished step by step, a timer might also help the perfectionist by limiting his time on a particular task. If he can actually do a typical lesson well in 30 minutes, he can be limited to thirty minutes–then it’s time to move on.
Part of the idea here is that learning and life include a variety of activities. If we spend an inordinate amount of time on one or two taskes, beyond what is necessary or reasonable, we are limiting the time available for other important activities such as reading good library books or engaging in other activities at home.