With six children, four of whom are on the autism spectrum and my toddler receiving services for speech and sensory issues, I need to be an organized mom. Admittedly, some areas of my life are better organized than others. Today I want to address something I've never really seen talked about--the sheer amounts of paperwork that comes with a special needs child and how to organize it.
Whether you are like me with one or more kids with special needs and you've been doing this for a while, or a mother with a newly diagnosed child, you need a way to keep track of the appointments, progress reports, evaluations and 504, IEP and IFSP paperwork. If you have a newly diagnosed child, I want to especially welcome you. Take a deep breath and know that it will be okay because YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You need to know this because I made so many missteps when we were first dealing with a new diagnosis. The biggest one was not reaching out and sharing with others.