I Hate to Write

Most students with autism hate to write. Even simple writing assignments require skills in language, organization, sensory, and visual motor areas. I Hate to Write is a new book from autism consultants Kathy Oehler and Cheryl Boucher that helps teachers look at the writing process through the eyes of a student with autism. By focusing on the four aspects of writing that are most problematic for students with ASD - language, organization, sensory, and visual motor skills - teachers will learn new ways to help students with ASD become happy, successful writers.

Book Release Date

We are pleased to announce that I Hate to Write was released in February 2013 by Autism Asperger Publishing Company. Click Herefor more information.

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"I Hate To Write"

  • I support a very bright 4th grade student who verbally has great thoughts on a writing subject but struggles to transfer his thoughts to paper. It may take him 30 minutes to create two sentences. Strategies:
    First we drew a picture of what he verbalized and numbered information in the picture. Then we used an iPad app called QuickVoice. Quick Voice is a voice recorder. The student was able to record well several sentences,then listen to his words and type his thoughts. What a difference!


  • If you were asked to write about your #1 passion in life, how much would you write? A paragraph, a page, a chapter maybe even a book ?
    Our students may do the same!Excited, engaged and motivated to share all they know about.......!
    Yes, we want them to write about non preferred topics and we want them to be able to pass standardized tests. However, great writers need to be able to perform many sub skills: create a complete sentence, use punctuation, spelling
    completing a paragraph, staying on topic,using descriptive language, organizing thoughts and ideas, persuade, contrast, explain and so much more.
    So through using our student's passionate high interest area we can then successfully teach all of the sub skills (one at a time) needed to be a good writer with an engaged learner!!!
    High interest areas are truly needed first for engagement and enthusiasm in order to LOVE to write!

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