After attending a meeting at my daughter’s school today I learned the value of documentation when it comes to special eduction needs. As a parent who has been waiting to hear about my daughter’s initial evaluation for eligibility of ESE for months, I finally had the meeting I was hoping for.
And the documentation I had with me made the meeting gave me the confidence I needed. It also helped provide answers to some of the lingering questions that the district had – one that is not very organized. My paperwork actually gave the district information that they needed!
I use emails or letters to correspond with the school, district, etc. If I receive or make a phone call, I request something in writing. I still write down in a special note pad, the date and time of the call, who I spoke to and what was said.
I request a “notice in writing” for all meetings, which includes an invitation (what the meeting is for, who is attending, the date and time) and followup notes from the actual meeting. I also write down any questions during meetings so I don’t forget to ask them.
What I Document
I document everything. Every phone call, spoken word from someone at the school, district, state, etc. If I’m on the go, I use my phone to record notes to write down later.
The Reason For Documentation
Not only do things get confusing as you go through the maze of special education for your child, if you have a dispute or have any type of concern, your documentation will assist you to be the best advocate for your child. You’ll have the knowledge at hand which supports your child’s case.
Recommending Reading – You, Your Child, and “Special” Education: A Guide to Dealing With the System
Do you document for your child’s special education program?