Learning Curve: Getting Organized

Throughout a family’s journey with a child who has an ASD, there is a constant stream of documentation: evaluations, progress reports, Individualized Education Programs, Procedures and Safeguards, general paperwork, etc. The volume of material is often overwhelming and difficult to manage. The key to effectively managing the unrelenting flow of paper and information is to create a system that helps you:

  • Quickly assess what needs to be kept and what can be tossed.
  • Quickly store the documentation/information in a location that can be easily referenced if needed.
  • Archive documents/information that is no longer necessary for immediate referencing but must be kept on file.

Keeping it all organized involves establishing a system that works for you and your family and setting up an easy way to maintain that system.  The more routine you can make your maintenance system, the easier it will be to keep it up as time passes.

The sections below provide comprehensive tips for establishing and maintaining an effective organizational system. Different families have different preferences with regards to organization.  You may wish to modify the following recommendations to create a better fit for your family.