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Charting the LifeCourse for families topics:

Foundational tools

You have valuable information, perspectives and ideas about what you want and what's needed for your family member's good life.

Use the core set of tools below to articulate your vision for your family member's best life, to identify and access key supports, and to have conversations with other family members and supporters about planning for a good life now and in the future.

Is your family member old enough and able to explore and plan for their own future? See Charting the LifeCourse tools for individuals under Hub Tools.

In this video, Crystal shares the conversations Charting the LifeCourse has allowed her to have with her son (1:28).

Charting the LifeCourse Framework - Communicating, Connecting and Creating a Vision


In the video below, hear one mother describe her favorite Charting the LifeCourse tools (01:24).

My favorite Charting the LifeCourse tools

No one knows your child better than you. You can help the people who support your child understand what's most helpful. The one-page profile is an at-a-glance way to know what really matters to your child. Use the profile to list your child's strengths and interests, what's important to your child, and the best ways to offer support.

Download the profile
My one-page profile (PDF)

How to use it
Give your child's profile to day care providers, teachers, neighbors, medical staff, employers — anyone in your child's life. The more specific you can be in the profile, the better.

Share your story
Help others plan by sharing how the one-page profile has helped you. Share your story today!

You have a vision for your child's best life. You can use this vision to set positive expectations for the future, starting in early childhood. Use the life trajectory worksheet to envision your child's best life and identify the steps or experiences needed to get there. Champion your vision and encourage others to share your high expectations.

Download the worksheet
Life trajectory (PDF)

How to fill out the trajectory
Identify what you and your child want and don’t want for their future (boxes on right side of trajectory). Use the arrow in the worksheet to identify what you are doing now that is leading towards your goal (on top of the arrow) and what is leading away from your goal (below the arrow). Ask yourself, what needs to change so goals can be reached?

How to use it
Bring the life trajectory worksheet to school meetings, medical appointments and planning sessions with case managers or other providers. Use it to set goals and next steps.

Life trajectory samples
Parents with Family Voices of MN used the life trajectory worksheet with their children to plan for the future. They shared their examples:

In this video, Tracey shares the vision developed by her son, Trey, for his life using the Charting the LifeCourse life trajectory worksheet.

Share your story
Help others plan by sharing how the life trajectory worksheet has helped you. Share your story today!

The right supports can help ensure your child's quality of life. Some supports are centered around relationships, technology, or personal strengths and assets. Others are based on eligibility criteria. Using various supports in combination can support your child's best life. The integrated supports star worksheet can help you see where your child has strong supports and where more attention might be needed.

Download the worksheet
Integrated supports star (PDF)

How to use it
Use the integrated supports star worksheet to identify your child's current supports. Look for areas that could benefit from more supports. Brainstorm supports to solve specific problems or challenges.

Share your story
Help others plan by sharing how the integrated supports star worksheet has helped you. Share your story today!

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