I’ve added this article about handwriting and autism today, because it’s one of the biggest issues I deal with in my work in schools and I love how sensible this article is. I have been advising to teach typing, use computers and separate the composition skills from the motor skills of writing for some time…and it often works.
In church groups we shouldn’t be adding to the stress and asking the children with additional needs who find writing so difficult, to be writing in Sunday Clubs as well. There, at the very least, we should be flexible in our teaching methods…and mindful of the children’s preferred learning styles.
What do you think?.
Why Haven’t They Done That Yet?
This is a post I have been waiting to be able to write. I have been thinking about a problem I see in my classroom and I appealed to the scientific literature to find potential solutions. As such, this is going to be a hybrid post wherein I will describe what I am seeing and how it fits the literature, and then I will appeal to my readers to help me with the solution.
The problem of penmanship
When I came into my 3rd-4th grade life skills/small group autism classroom at the beginning of the year, I immediately noticed the sloppy, apparently careless handwriting from my students with autism and ADHD. I attributed it to lack of practice because of the ability of some of my students to escape or minimize work. With time, however, I no longer believe that hypothesis.
We have been…
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