By - jessicaannkong

Data is Protection

Being a Special Needs Parent means you are the King or Queen of organization. Chances are you juggle work, your special needs child’s appointments, chores and so much more. You have the best knowledge of your family and child’s needs. All this knowledge is important and helps you in being the successful Special Needs parent you are.

Do you know how to translate that knowledge into data that can be used to assist in your child’s IEP?

I am not ashamed to admit that I did not understand the importance of data until a few short years ago. We lived in a district that wanted to eliminate my son’s IEP stating that he barely made the cut off for assistance.

This was terrifying to me and when I learned that Data is protection.

Long story short, thanks to data documentation, my son was able to keep his IEP and I was able to get him the resources he needed to be more successful at school.

Want to become a better data collector for your child?

Follow these 5 easy tips!

1. Get a Journal that is dedicated to collecting data

2. Decide on the data (behaviors/ milestones) you will collect. Choose 3 things to start. You can always add more as you add data collection to your routine.

3. Be specific. Try a variety of data including triggers, duration, frequency and what lead to the problem.

4. Keep the journal with you and use it daily!

5. Analyze data for patterns and solutions. Share this with your IEP Team!

Try these 5 easy steps and see how much easier it is to understand how to advocate for your child and communicate your concerns with the IEP Team.

There is a huge difference between saying it takes my child forever to complete their homework and it takes my child an average of 55 minutes to complete a worksheet and 45 minutes to read a chapter in her book without assistance.

If you found these tips helpful, checkout my data collection Coffee Talk! I will go into detail on these 5 simple tips and specifics on collecting and utilizing data. I have also created a printable you can put inside your data collection journal to remind you of these simple tips and encourage you on your data collection journey.

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