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Passports | Behaviour Passport | Care Passport
Passports are a way of passing important information about a child between carers.   They are a kind of 'manual' about the child, and can take any format, depending in what is required.

Children with profound difficulties may carry communication passports, detailing how to interact with the child and what they like and dislike, how they communicate their needs and even basic medical information.   Some children have health or hospital passports, with all the information that you or I would be able to tell health care staff ourselves.
Passport
They are often written in the first person (My name is Kirk etc.) and may contain pictures and symbols where appropriate.   If your child has specific needs and spend time in a variety of settings, its probably sensible to produce a passport that can travel with them.   They can contain whatever information you like, and can be updated as time goes on to reflect the changing needs of your child as they grow and learn.

I often use autism passports to pass on all the vital stuff about like and dislikes, fears and phobias, triggers and obsessions that adults supporting a child with autism need to know.   As I said before, these are manuals for a child's own unique brand of autism.   For a child who struggles to manage their own behaviour and to understand bounderies, just knowing that the people caring for them understand them, and can keep them safe, can often reduce anxiety.

Where possible, I encourage children to be involved in the development of their autism passport.   This helps them to understand what is in the passport and gives them a little bit of ownership over it.   I sometimes include a section for them to fill in themselves.

When producing a passport, its important to remember where it will be used and who will be reading it.   Will it need to be rain proof?   If the person reading it is in a busy setting, they probably don't want to start reading a life story on the first page!   Put the important stuff near the beginning, clearly laid out (index? bullet points?) and easily accessible at short notice.   You can still put the detailed, historical bits in, but I usually have them nearer the back.

You may want to divide the book up into 'chapters', with an index this will allow a carer to access the relevant section quickly and easily.   What headings you use for these will depend on what information it is important to share about your child.

You can also leave space at the back for epilepsy care plans, management plans, or any other documents that are best kept with the child.

I usually make these things in Microsoft Word.   Most computers have Word on them these days, so passports can be emailed to a new setting if required.   It also means you can update individual pages easily.