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7 Ways to Be an Everyday Advocate for Your Child with Autism

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Principle 5 – Document: Be Prepared

Martin's Advice: Keeping your documents organized – from your child's initial diagnosis to his multiple evaluations every year – will simplify your life and empower you as an advocate. Keep a file of all important paperwork, and take notes during in-person meetings and even during phone conversations requesting services or insurance coverage.

Also consider keeping a journal for you and your child to record his experiences – his strengths and challenges, artwork and summer camp certificates, and so on – so that you can share it with new teachers, babysitters, and even relatives to help give a glimpse of your child's life.

Source: The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism

Next: Principle 6 – Collaborate: Be a Team Builder

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