Spotlight on Creating an All About Me Book

Beginning a new school year is a time of uncertainty, which usually translates into stress and anxiety for caregivers and their children. One way to prepare for the upcoming school year is to create an easy-to-read summary of who your child is and what he/she likes or dislikes.

An ‘All About Me’ book is NOT just for starting a new school year. Any time your student enters a new situation (e.g., summer camp, boy/girl scouts, sports team, after school activity), it is a good idea to let the people know how to best understand and interact with your child.

Accessible version of the All About Me book shown in the video.

Purpose:

  • To familiarize members of your child’s team with his/her strengths and needs
  • A “cheat sheet” to get to know your child quickly
  • Also helpful for babysitters, providers, and family members

Tips:

  • Write from your child’s perspective
  • Think bullets, not paragraphs
  • Aim for one topic per page, no more
  • Offer strategies
  • Keep it positive
  • Include photos of your child to make the All About Me book more personal and individualized
  • Consider updating the book every 6 months-1 year
  • Consider asking your family and friends for input when you are creating or updating the book

We hope you found this brief spotlight informative and relevant.  If you would like more in depth training about this topic or another please submit a training request. Please share any feedback with us at cpolefko@ufl.edu.