THE IDEA BEHIND my documentation and advocacy methods is to communicate what your child experiences to the professionals and others involved with her in the most realistic way possible. It takes time to accomplish and sounds overwhelming. But dealing with side effects from medications that were inappropriate to begin with or educational services that frustrate your child takes time and can be overwhelming too. Communicating your child’s needs accurately so that she gets the right services and medications to begin with saves frustration and may actually save time.

Let me summarize the purposes of putting your limited energy into documenting everything:

•    Documentation helps you to see a pattern of what works and ...

Get Parenting Your Complex Child now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.