ABOUT THIS EPISODE (+ scroll for resources) 👇
Dr. Tay hosts an in-depth discussion with Kelli Fetter, an occupational therapist and certified handwriting specialist. they explore the common challenges autistic children encounter with handwriting, relating to fine motor difficulties and learning disabilities. Kelli provides valuable insights on the integral connection between handwriting and overall literacy. Dr. Tay and Kelli discuss signs that additional support outside of school might be necessary, and they shed light on the benefits of utilizing a strengths-based approach for building handwriting skills. Kelli stresses the importance of explicit instruction in handwriting as well as maintaining foundational motor skills through physical play to facilitate better handwriting.
02:21 Kelli’s background and the importance of handwriting
07:27 when to start monitoring for handwriting difficulties
13:26 red flags for handwriting difficulties
21:16 the neurological aspects of learning disabilities
24:08 the impact of learning disabilities
28:11 the role of motor skills in writing
32:48 supporting families through Handwriting Solutions
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*please note: in this episode, many terminologies and phrases are used to describe autism. Dr. Tay honors what each child and family prefers, and intentionally chooses to use affirming and identity-first language after listening to autistic adults and their preferences. various guests on the podcast are likely to use the language that they have been exposed to the most.