Writing Activities for Children with Autism
We all know that raising children suffering from autism is a challenging task for the parents. These children often struggle with time management, memory, organisation, emotional control, focus, and attention. These difficulties can cause serious impact on their learning abilities. Naturally, both teachers and parents need to work extremely hard to help these children reach their full potential in life.
One of the most common leaning related concerns for children with autism comes in the form of mastering writing. This is why it is important for the educators and parents to identify the right activities that can ease the process of writing skill development for these children. Discussed below are some writing activities that can be extremely useful for children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Pre-Writing Exercises: To start writing, it is essential to develop object manipulation, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor skills. It is also important for children to have strong finger and hand muscles. Before digging deep into actual writing, some pre-writing exercises can help children develop these skills.
These exercises include
- Playing with building blocks
- Playing with stickers
- Cutting out shapes with child-safe scissors
- Creating play-doh shapes and objects
These exercises can help children develop the necessary pre-writing skills, and make the process of actual writing much easier for them.
Word Games: It is important that the writing lesson for a child starts in a fun way. To ensure better focus and motivation, it always helps to turn writing into activities into games. However, to make this activity successful, you must be able to invest a lot of time.
You can start with writing individual letters and teaching how to spell different words. Popular games such as Post-it missing letter can help significantly.
- Tape a large piece of paper to the wall
- Write a simple word such as NIGHT on the top
- Write the word many more times, leaving different letters out each time (for example, _IGHT, N_GHT, NIG_T, etc)
- Let your child or student find out the missing letter and fill out the gap.
As your child starts making progress, continue this activity using longer words and short phrases.
Building Sentences: Writing activity for children, including those with autism, should be both visual and physical. This ensures that the child will have to concentrate on holding the pen as well as writing letters in the right manner.
Building sentences is a very simple exercise for which you will need a simple picture and several cards. Let us assume that the picture shows five balls. Based on the picture, create a goal sentence such as “I can see five balls”. On each of the cards, write a part of the sentence by leaving out one word. Now, let your child organize the mixed-up cards, find out the missing words, and write them on an empty card.
Visual Storytelling: This is yet another activity to help children with autism get deeper into the process of writing. It involves telling a story through drawing, talking, and writing. First of all, you need to come up with a story idea and tell it to them. Now, take a piece of paper and write down questions such as who, when, what, where, why, when, etc. Let your child write down the answers and finish the task by drawing a picture depicting the story.
If you want to find out more about the teaching techniques for children with Autism, please contact us at WillowBee Early Learning Centre. Our team is dedicated to helping each child achieve their full potential.