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Family Resource: Medical and School Profiles

posted Jan 17, 2016, 2:54 PM by Adel DiOrio
Our Family Resources are  Medical and School Profile Templates.

If you are a parent of a child with spina bifida, you will be asked to recall his/her surgical history, current medication list, equipment, you-name-it at every MRI, clinic, and pre-op meeting.  Not only do our kids have more of these types of meetings, they also often have more history to list...and remember.  Enter the digital age and collaborative Medical and School Profiles facilitated in Google Docs.  

I am not a paid endorser or sales person for Google in any way, shape, or form...but let's face it.  It's ubiquitous.  It's collaborative.  It's easy.  And, a factor near and dear to my own heart...IT'S FREE.  When you sign up for a free Google email address (or Gmail), you also get a free associated Google Drive account.  You can make, edit, share, and access cloud-based documents from anywhere...the emergency room, the pre-op center, or your child's upcoming IEP.  I wish I had done this from the start!

As a gift to each and every one of you...I'm sharing templated to record and easily access your child's information regarding medical history and progress/challenges many areas you may need to address regarding accommodations in a 504 plan or IEP.  As our kids get older, keeping track of all of this can get harder and harder so start one for your child today. Here are the easy steps.   
  1. Log in to your Google account or Gmail.  Don't have one?   Get one.  They are free and easy.  Visit gmail.com to sign up or sign in.
  2. Click this LINK to access the Medical Profile template.  
  3. Click this LINK to access the IEP/504 Profile template. 
When you click each link above, you will be prompted you to make your own copy.  Update them as things occur, as your child's plans change, as he/she reaches new milestones.  No more trying to remember dates and long medical vocabulary on the fly.  Print a copy and keep it in the diaper bag, just in case.  Access the profiles in real time from your smartphone or tablet at the hospital.  Share it with therapists and caseload manager for IEP purposes, as necessary.

I have built one of each for my own son.  I WISH I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS FROM THE START!

Yours in service,
Adel DiOrio, Contributor and Co-Editor in Chief, SpinaBifidaFetalSurgery.com
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