We developed these Tool Kits to help with your personal planning.
Prioritizing is important to seeing the “big picture” for your child. But how can you focus on reaching larger goals when you are faced with so many small tasks every day? Parents are often overwhelmed by daily challenges and try to tackle working on many different skills all at the same time. Often this leads to frustration because the child does not have enough opportunities to practice and master all of these fragmented skills.
Personal Planning will help you think about broad categories of goals to work towards, and how to make a plan towards reaching those goals.
Here are some simple steps you can follow to begin to prioritize which skills you should be working on and teaching your child:
- Think about long-term goals that are important to you within the context of your family. This could be considered your “vision statement” such as what you create for your child’s IEP.
- Make a list of annual goals and post it in a common area.
- Select 3-5 steps toward those annual goals, write them on the list and methodically chip away at your list.
- Revisit your ultimate goals list 1 or 2 times a year. Goals that are met should be checked off. Priorities may change – add some new goals as others become obsolete.
- Start keeping a notebook with different sections – IEPs, Progress Notes, Goals, Medical Reports. Add your thoughts and goals for your child in each area and keep track of progress.
If you have questions about Personal Planning or our Tool Kits, please contact us at (216) 464-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.