I HATE TO WRITE!
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), 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. This book provides teachers and parents with the tools they need to become better writers. These strategies are easy to integrate into everyday teaching lessons and are designed to deliver results needed to make writing less difficult for those struggling with autism spectrum disorder. All of these strategies are aligned with the National Common Core Standards.
MEET THE AUTHORS
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.
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.