Supporting children with ASD in Literacy
Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists. Children rely on these skills to do key tasks in school and in everyday life and are essential for writing.
As well as in-school support, there are also things you can do at home to improve your child’s fine motor abilities. Please see the PDFs below for guidance and resources to use at home.
Bold line paper can help your child practice staying in the lines. Remind your child that smaller letters, like the lowercase c, or the loop of a b, should fit between the bottom and middle lines.
Textured line paper can give your child even more support. To make it, print out the bold line paper. Then trace the top and bottom lines on the paper with fabric paint or glue. Once it dries, your child’s pencil will “bump” into the lines during writing.
Tracing shapes and maze-like paths can help your child build fine motor skills. Print out these sheets to give your child practice. You can use them over and over if you put the printed pages in plastic page protectors and use a dry-erase marker to trace.