Eight Handwriting Strategies for Children With Autism

As a school-based occupational therapist, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with many autistic children over the years. I soon discovered the value in being able to think outside the box and quick on my feet. This was often necessary to keep my autistic kiddos engaged and motivated to do what I needed them to do during therapy sessions. It is with great enthusiasm that I share an article that I’ve written for the outstanding publication Autism Parenting Magazine. In the May 2021 issue, I share strategies that parents can use to prepare their children for the handwriting demands of kindergarten and beyond. These strategies are also recommended for teachers, those who homeschool, or anyone who provides care for children with autism. I hope you find this information useful!

Eight Handwriting Strategies for Children With Autism
Children with autism often have handwriting impairments.
Foster a strong foundation by making sure your child can form the prerequisite pre-writing strokes before attempting letters.
Foster a strong foundation by making sure your child can form the prerequisite pre-writing strokes before attempting letters.
Use simple and consistent verbal prompts.  When working on pre-writing strokes, use the same verbal prompt for each stroke until they can do it.
Use simple and consistent verbal prompts.
Children with autism tend to be visual learners rather than auditory learners.
Children with autism tend to be visual learners rather than auditory learners.
Children with autism, like all children, benefit from structure and routine.  Knowing what to expect reduces stress and anxiety.
Children with autism, like all children, benefit from structure and routine. Knowing what to expect reduces stress and anxiety.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested! If you would like to see more of what Autism Parenting Magazine’s May 2021 issue entails, please click on the following link:

Autism Parenting Magazine Volume 123
Autism Parenting Magazine Volume 123

Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 123 Autism In Girls

Published by Linda Craig Dennis

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Author and Creator of Fun Strokes Pre-writing Program

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