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I have a paper problem. I am hesitant to throw away documents that at some point and time where important. My sister calls it my **it problem. It is one of the three or four things The Atomic Punk and I still have arguments about it. I stack the papers in a pile on a shelf or a desk and keep adding to it until it becomes a problem and I have to find a place for it.
When you have a child in special ed. you get a lot of important papers. Your IEP is a legal document and you will probably have to refer to it a few times a year. The problem becomes where to put all these papers.
When SensiGirl was first evaluated, her case worker gave me an expanding file folder to keep track of all the paperwork that was involved. I went right out and got another one in a different color for Random Guy's stuff. They have basic models for $6 at Walgreen's. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it is better if it is made of plastic to keep it sturdy. It helps if there is a slot for business cards too.
It is a place to put the copies of the evaluations, vaccination records, copies of birth certificates and the IEPs. I take mine to every meeting I have with teachers or administrators at school. I put all of the meeting paperwork in the folder as soon as I go to leave. This folder is also a place to keep examples of their work so that if anyone needs to see if they are capable of a certain skill, you could very well have an example of what they can do right there. Keep a notebook or paper tablet and some pens in there for good measure.
It is also a good place to keep copies of your Getting to Know letters, just in case your computer crashes, so you don't have to start from scratch. It can be a place for small keepsakes too, I keep the note I received from SensiGirl's preschool teacher after she completed preschool. That thank you note helped me so much during her transition to Kindergarten.