One of the most important things I’ve learned in my journey through services for special needs is to write goals. It wouldn’t hurt to do this for all my kids.
The hardest part of treatment, initially, was knowing what he needed. I think the best place to start is the standard list of child developmental milestones. Note the milestones that are unmet. They will become goals. If there are a few in a specific area, like language, you’ll know you need speech and language therapy. Once the child is getting services, the providers can help you think of more goals.
The part I struggle to remember, is to write new goals on a regular basis. Maybe I need to set reminders in my calendar to address them every few months.
Not only is it nice to always have things to strive for, but if you’re receiving services paid by the state, they will need justification to continue services. I learned the hard way to emphasize the areas in need of improvement. Now, I need to work on having a list of unmet goals at hand any time I meet with them. If I can’t prove he has unmet goals, they will discontinue his services.
Going back to the milestone list can be a positive experience too, marking off all the progress he has made. I thank God every day for those blessings. Then, I forge ahead setting our sights higher.