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"

  • If you have a student who uses an electronic tablet for writing and more we wanted to share this great idea from our PATINS assistive technology lending library.
    "Oh the clever minds in the low tech world. RECIPE: 1 binder with the clear sleeve...NEXT, slide in a student's iPad. VOILA! You now have a slant board and protection against various messes. iPad continues to function with finger or stylus.

    This simple genius idea cannot go without mentioning our 2014 State Conference in November where Therese Willkomm is returning for a session to do a "Hands-on Make and Take-Creating Access Solutions for Print Disabilities." (pre registration required) http://bit.ly/XUtEJ"


  • Descriptive writing: so often a parent or teacher share that their student with autism writes the bare minimum with little description. This area is frequently frustrating for students who are concrete thinkers and may view the world very literally.
    Strategy: Of course first provide strong sensory input / power walk following with a big muscle activity.
    Then provide a personal picture or ask the student to draw the pic of the topic. Provide a story frame with a word bank for the student to choose from for descriptive words. The student is focusing on just filling in the descriptive words that are missing in the story frame.
    Celebrate each attempt!:)

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