Writing Paper for Autism Learning

Finding just the right kind of writing paper for autism learning can make a difference in your child's writing skills.  Read on to find out which types we’ve tried with the most success. 

You may even want to try each of these to see which works best for your child.

Child writing letters

First, Second or Third Grade Paper

Third grade paperThird Grade Paper

This is the kind of paper I used the most for my son when he was younger.  You can usually get large amounts of it cheap at your local teacher’s supply store.   You may have used this kind of paper in grade school when you were young.  It’s the everyday paper to use for children who aren’t yet ready to use notebook paper.

If a teacher’s supply store is not nearby, you can usually find it on Amazon.

Third grade paper differs from first and second grade paper only in the size of the spaces between the lines.  As you might guess, first grade paper has the largest spaces between lines to allow for larger writing.  As children progress they are better able to write in smaller spaces on second or third grade paper. When their writing improves even further they should be able to use notebook paper.

Raised Line Paper

Raised line paperRaised line paper

This type of paper has raised lines you can feel, helping kids know when their letters are crossing the lines. 

Some children may need that tactile reminder to help them keep their letters within the lines.

As you can see, it doesn't look like anything wild or unusual. It's just writing paper with raised black lines. It's a great feature for kids who need boundaries they can feel.

You can get raised line paper here.

Grid Paper

Grid paperUsing a grid can help with proper spacing of letters and words.

To help my son keep his letters separate and the correct size, I found it helpful to use a grid.  Each letter has its own square.  

I got my grids from a book called Graph Paper From Your Copier by John S. Craver.  The entire book consists of different types of graph paper.   But out of the entire book, there were only a couple of pages that were useful to me for this purpose.  I used it because I already had the book. 

You can probably print any size grid that you want on your own computer.  But a more useful idea is a website I found where you can get free graph paper.  You can’t beat that for the price! And you can choose the size and color of the graph you prefer.

Choose the Writing Paper That Works Best

Each child will have different needs. Different types of paper will work better for some children than for others.  

It's a good idea to try different kinds to see what works and what doesn't. Hopefully, this article will give you an idea of what's out there so you can give your child the best chance for success.

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