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Tips for Helping Students With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards, and Become Happy, Successful Writers

The writing process requires a high level of coordination between various parts of the brain. In individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, the areas of the brain do not communicate effectively with each other, leading to great difficulty coordinating all the skills needed for writing. As a result, many students HATE TO WRITE! Written in a format that appeals to readers (brief, practical and to-the-point),  I HATE TO WRITE! Tips for Helping Students With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards, and Become Happy, Successful Writers provides strategies that are easy to integrate into everyday teaching lessons and are designed to deliver results needed to make writing less difficult for those with autism spectrum disorder. This aptly named book focuses on the four areas of writing that are most problematic for students with autism spectrum disorder: language, organization, sensory and visual-motor skills organized under topics such as Getting Started, Knowing What to Write, Getting Stuck, Misunderstanding the Directions, and many more. The book and its worksheets make the task of teaching writing easy and fun. Strategies are appropriate for students K-12 and beyond. A diagnosis with autism spectrum disorder should not be a sentencing to a lifetime of trouble writing; make the task of teaching writing easy and fun!


Cheryl Boucher, MS, OTR, has a degree in occupational therapy and a masters in special education. She has worked as an occupational therapist for over 30 years and for the last several years, she has worked as a school based occupational therapist in a large Indianapolis school district. In her role as an OTR, she has had extensive experience working with students with autism and many other special needs. She consults with teaching staff and parents to support students with autism and other special needs. Cheryl also has experience with assistive technology evaluation and services. She has also worked at a pediatric outpatient clinic servicing children with autism and sensory processing disorder. Cheryl has spoke nationally on writing strategies to support academic achievement and sensory processing for students with autism and related disorders in California, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana. She has also presented workshops on sensory challenges and autism for the Indiana Resource Center for Autism school team trainings.

Kathy Oehler, M.S., CCC-SLP, has worked with individuals with ASD for more than 30 years. In her role as Autism Consultant for a large, urban school district, she has helped teachers, parents, and administrators understand and meet the needs of students with ASD and a variety of related disorders. As a member of her district Behavior Support Team, Kathy has worked with educational teams to help them recognize the impact writing challenges can have on behavior and academic performance. Kathy is a national speaker, helping teachers and parents meet the educational needs of students with ASD and related disorders. She recently presented workshops to help school personnel implement writing strategies to increase academic achievement in North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Hawaii, and California. She has been a repeat presenter at the Autism Society of America National Convention, speaking on strategies to help students achieve success with the writing process.

ISBN: 9781937473112

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Sharon Ereaux - A rich resource full of insight, ideas and activities. Simple and very do-able tasks with well presented worksheets. I bought this to help me with homeschooling my son and quickly I realized how much we needed this book to help me build clear foundations for my son with not only writing, but even just how to get started on writing and other tasks that he finds difficult to apply himself to.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Jessica Giza - finally something that addresses our problem! very useful book. shared it with our school and they bought their own copy.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - I love this book! It is very user friendly and full of useful ideas.
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