If you need help downloading any of the worksheets, check out these helpful tips. What Does My Body Say? For children on the autism spectrum, nonverbal communication can be especially difficult.
Email For most kids, learning handwriting can be dull and repetitive, but it's a task mastered midway through elementary school. For many children with autismthough -- even those with higher IQs than most -- handwriting becomes an arduous chore, because the very act of writing letters takes them so long to do.
A new study out this week in the journal Neurology explains some of the reasons for that phenomenon -- and why bad handwriting might even lead to nonverbal communication problems. While researchers may have realized that many autistic children have bad handwriting, they did not know if it related to their autism, or whether it was a problem understanding the forming of words, or whether it had to do with motor skills.
Barbara Wagner, a mother of two boys with autism spectrum disordersenrolled her older son, Austin, 14, in the study, although she knew beforehand there was something different about how he wrote.
It's really slow," explaining that when she watches her son, he is very deliberate. Wagner said enrolling her son in the study will help with the rest of his education. She has had conflicts in the past with administrators at Austin's school over his Individualized Education Program -- a set of goals for a child with a disability.
She said the study has helped get more attention paid to occupational therapy and improving Austin's writing. Additionally, Wagner said she has started her younger son, Ian, 7, on occupational therapy to help him avoid having similar handwriting problems later on.
For the study, which was done at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, researchers gave a handwriting test to 14 children with autism ages 8 to 13 who had normal IQs and 14 children with normal development.
But handwriting can set him back. However, she wrote in a statement to Kennedy Krieger, "An assignment that would take him minutes if he could dictate the answers would often take up to an hour and a half to two hours if he was required to do the physical writing himself versus keyboarding or allowing me to act as his scribe.
To this day, Austin swears that he simply cannot print. The notion is that mirror neurons -- where the brain recognizes another person's activity as if one was doing it itself -- is impaired in people with autism.
That leads to an inability to recognize fully the actions and cues of others, explaining many of the characteristic behaviors of autism. In this case, said Bastian, a lack of certain fine motor skills may inhibit an autistic person's ability to understand some of the nonverbal communication cues sent by others.
Bastian cautioned that while it was an interesting theory, it was far from proven. While many of the children she works with are younger than the children in the Baltimore study, she said they have fine motor problems too.
They have trouble coloring pictures and lacing beads. To be sure, while many children with autism have poor penmanship, some do not. Warner pointed out that some people who have autism also have incredible artistic and writing abilities. Skills to Succeed While many parents of a child on the autism spectrum would say handwriting is a low priority, it is a bigger issue for relatively high-functioning children.
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