Writing Help for Children With Autism

Writing is important for virtually all children to learn, including children with autism. I have some ideas to share that can help your child master this skill.

My son was completely nonverbal until age 12.  I knew that since he couldn’t talk, it would be really important for him to be able to communicate with others another way.  So because of this, his occupational therapist and I spent a lot of time trying to teach him to communicate with a pen or pencil.

If your child is nonverbal, this may be very important for her as well.

But if your child has physical limitations that keep her from learning to do this, don’t despair.  Check out this article about teaching your child to type.  You also may want to look into trying the Boardmaker program.  Boardmaker is software for making picture cards that can help nonverbal children communicate.

But if your child is able to master this skill, learning to jot down even a few words or a simple sentence can help her to better function in our society.

Check out the pages below, and if you want more information on a topic, just click on the link.  (I'll be adding these articles soon.  Thanks for your patience.)

Special Exercises

Mastering this skill can be a real challenge for children with autism.  The activities in this article are designed to help with sensory issues, weak muscle tone and other challenges.  Click here if you need ideas for activities to help your child improve. 

Pencils and Pens That Can Make Writing Fun

Let's face it. Some children are flat-out bored with making letters and words. My son included. So it becomes very important to find a way to make writing more fun so they will practice more.

One very easy way to do this is to simply give children more exciting pens and pencils.

Over the years I've found a few winners. And some can be found at your local dollar store.  

Click here to learn more.

Special Paper

When I first started teaching C how to form his letters, I thought the only paper available was first, second and third grade paper.  But there are other options to choose from.  Each child has different needs and may benefit from a different kind of paper than other children might need.  

Click here to check out a few of the types of paper available.

Other Helps (Coming Soon)

I have a few more ideas for kids who need extra help.  You might call this the “miscellaneous” article because these really don’t fit neatly into any of the categories above.  But they’re very effective all the same.  Click here if you’d like to see more ideas for helping kids who have extra difficulty.

An Alternative to Speech

Penmanship or typing may be your child's only way to communicate if she is nonverbal.  And even children who are verbal may still find it hard to use their words to say what they need to say.

My son falls into this category.  So I'm really glad I can hand him a pen and paper and ask him to jot down what he's trying to say when he just can't seem to get the words out.

So I believe writing is so important for our kids.  

I hope the ideas in this and other articles on this site will help your child with mastering this skill.

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