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DO ASD KIDS HAVE DELAYED WRITING SKILLS?

Posted by on Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:34 AM
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My daughter is 4 and is pretty good at tracing the letters on the various apps and doing squiggles, shapes and some drawwing (like faces and flowers), but I havent really focussed my efforts on her writing as much as I am working on her conversation skills.  Do they generally have delayed writing skills and/or should I go ahead and work on the actual letter practice over the tracing, etc?

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Caitryn
by New Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:46 AM
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Just like everything else, it all depends on the child. My asd son has an affinity for the written word. He could write the entire alphabet (upper and lower case) at age 3, and he was writing his name at age 4. He also never wrote any letters backwards like most young children are said to do.

I know other asd children who can't do any of that by age 10. It all just depends on the child.

If your child has an interest in writing, go with it. It won't hurt for her to learn if she is ready, that's for sure. If she's not ready, then you will know for sure after a few attempts.
t1gger143
by Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:49 AM
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My Ds has horrible writing. It is the cause of most meltdowns at school. At 8 his fine motor skills are more like a 4 year old. He is also dysgraphic.
LACHESIS
by Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Minus the meltdowns, this sounds like my 7 year old. School sent home paperwork saying he is fine. He is not fine. I need to find an advocate in the state of Arizona and I am not sure how to go about doing it. Anyone have advice?

I was talking to my doctor today, could he be ADD and she said following my Facebook, we need to do some testing, like hearing and such, and have his teacher fill out paperwork as well as us and his doctor.

I KNOW he has dysgraphic. His older brother (23 now) does too. I had the school test him. They sent the results home ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL saying he had no issues.
It is really affecting his work. We start back Aug 5th. 
 

Quoting t1gger143: My Ds has horrible writing. It is the cause of most meltdowns at school. At 8 his fine motor skills are more like a 4 year old. He is also dysgraphic.


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ballerina.2006
by Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 1:09 AM
My 5yo struggles. He can write (a bit worse than peers) but it's a fight. I should ask his OT about working on it.
karlie2
by Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 1:12 AM
My DS has trouble with fine motor skills including printing.
darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jul. 9, 2014 at 5:29 AM

Not sure as son doesn't write yet.  Good luck!

Momof4AEMW
by Gold Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Mine do.  They will be six in 2 months.  My son can only write his first name, and only with heavy prompts and sometimes still hand over hand.  It is still very shaky and illegible too.  My daughter can not write at all.

Logansmom1999
by Kristina on Jul. 9, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Logan is 14 and writes like a kindergartner. He has a terrible time with fine motor skills. The teacher lets him do his work on the computer. On the other hand he spells like a twelve grader. It all depends on the child. ASD kids generally have skills all over the place. 

If she is ready and wants to learn to write - I say go for it. You can find pre K and kindergarten level writing workbooks everywhere. I found ours at Office Max. Good luck.

jpmomof5
by New Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 7:48 AM
Each child is different.My twelve year old daughter RuthAnn's writing was slightly delayed. Now her handwriting is beautiful, however, she still reverses "b & d" sometimes. We did a lot of early intervention with her. Emma, my nine year old, I still have to put my finger at the end of the word she wrote to remind her not to run her words together. Her letter formation still isn't the greatest. The strange part is that Emma can read several levels above RuthAnn, however, RuthAnn retains and comprehends what she's read more than Emma. As horrible as it may sound, I didn't have the time or funding to work with Emma the way we did with RuthAnn early on. Both of them have a terrible time spelling. They spell the words as they sound, not necessarily how they are spelled. I hope this helps :)
jpmomof5
by New Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 8:09 AM
LACHESIS: Yes ADD is possible with ASD. If you have insurance that covers independent comprehensive evaluations (Neuropsychological, speech & language, occupational therapy, vision specialist & Audiological testing), that could help to uncover other things that may or may not be problematic. I just went evaluation broke because my school refused to do the evaluations on RuthAnn citing she's just fine, there's been no changes over the past the 3 years. I did have to obtain a special education attorney. Unfortunately there's more to the story than that. I'm not sure where you can go for an advocate in Arizona? In Michigan we have a group "Michigan Advocacy and Protection". It's not free but it is cheaper than a special education attorney.

Quoting LACHESIS:

Minus the meltdowns, this sounds like my 7 year old. School sent home paperwork saying he is fine. He is not fine. I need to find an advocate in the state of Arizona and I am not sure how to go about doing it. Anyone have advice?I was talking to my doctor today, could he be ADD and she said following my Facebook, we need to do some testing, like hearing and such, and have his teacher fill out paperwork as well as us and his doctor.

I KNOW he has dysgraphic. His older brother (23 now) does too. I had the school test him. They sent the results home ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL saying he had no issues.It is really affecting his work. We start back Aug 5th.  

Quoting t1gger143: My Ds has horrible writing. It is the cause of most meltdowns at school. At 8 his fine motor skills are more like a 4 year old. He is also dysgraphic.

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