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Please Don't Make Me Write!

Most students with autism spectrum disorder hate to write. Even a simple writing assignment can trigger a major meltdown. So, what can a parent or teacher do to help?
— Oehler, MS, CCC-SLP

Kathy Oehler, a speech-language pathologist and Autism Consultant, addresses a challenge that most students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face: a struggle to write. She mentions that even simple writing tasks can trigger meltdowns. In 2013 she published an article revealing why this is the case. Oehler describes that the writing process involves skills in the four areas that are problematic for many individuals with ASD: language skills, organization skills, motor control and planning, and sensory processing

In her article, which you can find below, Oehler not only outlines the latest research revealed by brain-imaging tools, but also gives specific methods and strategies addressing each of the four areas mentioned above. If you are a teacher or parent and seeking to further support an individual with ASD in their writing, reading her article will be worth your while!