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The first thing you will need to do is get yourself organized. You may already find you’ve accumulated a lot of paperwork about your child and about autism in general. Organizing the information and records that you collect for your child is an important part of managing his or her care and progress. If you set up a simple system, things will be much easier over time. You may need to stop by an office supply store to pick up a binder, dividers, some spiral notebooks, loose leaf paper or legal pads and pens.
- Contacts -A section for service providers, caregivers and others
- Schedules -A section for therapy times, program start and end dates, deadlines
- Diagnosis - A section for medical documents and any prescriptions
- Therapy - A section for Speech, Occupational Therapy, SI, and so on (Multiple or sub sections may be necessary)
- Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) - A section for your child’s IFSP and related documents (For children under three years of age)
- Individualized Education Plan (IEP) - A section for your child’s IEP and related documents (For children older than three years)