Thursday, September 30, 2010


I'm fighting a never-ending battle with paperwork. Applications for services to fill out, permission slips for school, parent teacher conference scheduling, reports from occupational therapy, speech therapy, school, the Nisonger Center, to be copied and distributed to all the other places, intake paperwork for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Autism Center, thick envelopes of forms and questionnaires to be filled out and sent back. Then we have to make sure we keep copies of all of these papers, and keep them organized and in some safe place where no one will get to them and make paper airplanes or fine works of art from them. And there's always more paperwork to deal with in some way. Filling, copying, delivering, archiving. Today, Joseph's parent-teacher conference form was due, I found myself filling it out at the breakfast table.

I desperately need more organization in my life. Organization and time management have always been one of my greatest weaknesses, and now they're what I need the most (aside from patience and hope).


  1. You're doing awesome Joe! What a journey you are on. Respect it as such never get mired in the day to day grind but instead focus on seeing this journey through. Piece of advice accept energy work into your daily life. Meditate alone, recharge you, so you can be ready for what adventures lie ahead.

  2. Hi, AAD, the paperwork for special needs kids is a constant topic of conversation.

    At The Thinking Person's Guide To Autism Jennifer Johnson, whose son has autism and medical needs, wrote Creating a Special Needs Binder.

    Earlier,Shannon Rosa wrote a post on Does Your Child With Autism Have a Daily Record, describing the spreadsheet she uses.

    Chapter 9 of From Emotions to Advocacy by Pam & Pete Wright of Wrightslaw is how to set up a document management system and Chapter 22 is on creating a paper trail.

    I hope you find these helpful