Now that you’re familiar with all FIVE areas of Comprehensive Special Needs Planning it’s time to evaluate how you’re doing with your own planning process.
Click the link below to take our quick and easy 12-question self-assessment tool that will allow you to evaluate how well planned you are, including areas where you’re well planned and areas where there may be room for improvement.
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Legal Planning is an essential element of a Comprehensive Special Needs Plan and is likely one of the areas you’re most familiar with. It’s vital to get this step right, but Legal Planning is not where I begin planning conversations with my clients. And it’s not where I encourage you to begin your planning process either.
Traditionally, the purpose of Continue reading “Legal Planning: Are You Prepared for The Future? Age 18 and Beyond…”
Financial Planning provides strategies for paying for the goals you have created in your loved one’s Vision Plan. It also addresses the challenges of how to provide the necessary services and therapies determined by your Resource Plan.
In my 10+ years of experience in the planning industry, I have found that families often delay Financial Planning—not because they view it as unimportant—but because they feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and confused by the process. They are overwhelmed by the number of decisions that they know they need to make. These families soon become frustrated and confused because they don’t understand which strategies would best benefit their family’s unique situation. Continue reading “Financial Planning: Does Your Financial Plan Account for the Abundant Hopes and Dreams You Have for Your Child?”
Your child’s Vision Plan asks and answers “What does a great life for my child look like?” His or her Resource Plan asks and answers “Which services, organizations, and individuals should we seek out now and in the future to make that vision of a great life a reality?”
Because every individual is unique in their abilities, as well as their needs, Resource Planning will vary between individuals. Also, since abilities and needs change over time, your Resource Plan will continue evolving as your child grows and develops. Continue reading “Resource Planning: Does Your Child have Access to All the Resources They Need to Thrive? How Would You Know?”
After creating a Vision Plan for your child, the next step is to create a Life Plan. Your Life Plan will serve three main purposes:
- It will serve as a bench–marking tool to show annual progress.
- It will serve as a repository for recording and storing every important piece of information about your family and your child with special needs, including details about their diagnoses, daily routines, likes and dislikes, key relationships, service providers, medications, etc.
- It will serve as a transition guide for the future.
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