Friday, November 26, 2010
Clinic Notes: Handwriting and Autism
Many children with autism have fine motor problems and are receiving services from Occupational Therapists (OT's). Buttoning, tying shoes, coloring, puzzles, and stacking blocks can all be issues. A recent study (Schafer Report, November 24, 2010) found that handwriting problems persist into the adolescent years. I think this reinforces what I have been telling parents for years. Do not discontinue OT even if the Ot tells you that your child with autism has met all of the goals unless handwriting is easy for the child. Letters should not only be well formed but completed in a timely manner. I have seen children with autism make bad grades simply because they cannot write fast enough to finish assignments and tests.