Strategy 2: Make writing a part of daily routines and activities
What to Do
- Provide multiple opportunities daily for both functional and creative writing
- Assess the child’s sensory, physical, cognitive, and language needs to determine the most functional method of writing and what supports may be needed for each task
- Depending on the task and setting, children will benefit from using multiple means of writing including use of real objects, symbols, their AAC devices, alternate pencils, adapted or typical keyboards, or standard technology and pencils.
- It is often helpful to increase supports such as models and use of symbols for functional tasks while providing fewer supports and greater access to vocabulary and alternate pencils during writing experiences that focus on self-expression.
- Present each task in a consistent manner
Things to Consider
- Have you thought about how to include writing tasks as part of existing daily activities?
- Have you added new opportunities if current opportunities are limited?
- Are you being a good writing model by allowing the child to see or feel you writing as you talk about what you are doing and why?
- How can you use the child’s writing throughout the day so that it is seen as important and purposeful?
- For example, once the child has created a list of things to do, check off each item as it is completed.