Writing Without Tears

The video illustrates the occupational therapist (OT) following Maci’s, lead by letting her be comfortable sitting on the floor bending over to write her name.  The OT is following her lead and not redirecting her to sit at the table in a chair because Maci’s vision challenges and low muscle tone make sitting in a chair at a table more difficult for her.  She will wiggle and lose her attention because she is seeking a way that feels more secure and grounding for her.

Maci moved to the floor with her legs tucked under torso, that keeps her balanced making her secure.  Bending over with her head directly over her pencil and paper give her vision grounding and ability to focus on the task without getting distracted.

The OT gives her encouragement and support with verbal and slight gestural cues with her hand on the pencil to provide aid for Maci to write her name.  At the end, Maci had success in writing her name with no behavioral issues or anxiety with the task. Instead of a behavioral problem, Maci feels confident and happy about her ability to write her name.

Writing can be very difficult for many kids with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  Due to the challenges surrounding how kids with autism take in their environment with their sensory motor system.  Understanding a child’s sensory system by getting a professional Occupational Therapist to create a sensory profile is a good first step in supporting your child.