As parents of children with special needs we end up with lots of paperwork. Managing this paperwork is often overwhelming. This two-part series provides tips on the types of information you need and how to organize it.
When your child’s information is organized, you are better prepared to advocate for your child at important events such as school meetings and medical appointments.
PART ONE – INFORMATION GATHERING
Information about your child’s special needs
- Correspondence to/from your child’s school
- School handbook or document(s) that describes the school’s policies on issues such as inclusion, disabilities and special education, individual education plans (IEPS), homework, assessments, testing, bullying, restraints, etc.
- Progress reports
- Report cards
- Standardized testing results
- Notes from parent/teacher meetings
- Any medical or psychological records done on behalf of the school
- Draft and final individual education plans
- Notes from IEP meetings