After Peter’s autism diagnosis at age 2, I had to learn very quickly how to organize the incredible amount of information that began to pile up. Each time we visited a new doctor or specialist, I found myself scrambling to gather files, to look up data and facts, to remember dates and phone numbers and names and insurance information. I nearly pulled out my hair one day trying to find the scrap of paper on which I wrote a specialist’s contact information. I realized that I needed to get organized or I would drive myself crazy in an environment already leaning towards lunacy.
So I created this printable “binder” in order to have all of the information I needed in ONE place. Now I’m offering it to other families through my Etsy shop in the hopes that it will ease a tiny bit of the burden and stress that comes with the job title of Special Needs Parent. (NOTE: Family Life Printables is my NEW Etsy shop, the first being “Alleluia Rocks.” This new shop is meant to offer fun ways to organize family life. There are only a few listings thus far, but I’m working on it!)
This listing is for a PRINTABLE DIGITAL FILE
that you print yourself on normal printer paper or card stock. (NO PHYSICAL ITEM WILL BE MAILED TO YOU.) The PDF file contains 45 non-editable 8.5 x 11″ pages. Print the entire file OR only the pages you need. Print some pages multiple times; you may print as many times as you like for your own personal use.
The photos shown are selected pages from the “binder.” The entire binder contains the following sections:
1. Cover Page
2. The Basics (Name, Insurance Info, etc.)
3. Family Information (members & extended family)
4. Family Medical History
5. Child’s Medical History (birth, milestones, growth & development, physicians, specialists, screenings, diagnosis, medications, Prescriptions Tracker, allergies & food aversions, hospitalizations & urgent care visits, Notes)
6. Therapies (Early Intervention, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Music Therapy, Other)
7. Weekly Therapy Schedule table
8. Daily Schedule table
9. Educational History
11. Skills Trackers Charts (fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory skills, social skills, speech & communication skills)
12. Legal Information (wills, power of attorney, guardianship, Special Needs lawyer, Special Needs Trust)
13. Respite Information (local & state agencies, respite caregivers)
14. Safety (accommodations & considerations, local law enforcement contacts and resources)
15. All About My Child: For Caregivers and Babysitters (communication, abilities, behaviors, likes and dislikes-toys, likes and dislikes-foods, tips & tricks, routines)
NOTE: if you have ideas or suggestions for additional pages, please let me know!
I sincerely hope my BIG BOOK of Everything helps parents to feel secure about having key information at hand. One less worry! That’s the goal.