I'm going to apologise in advance for being underinformed about autism and for anything I might put in a way that parents of autism children might not think is PC.
I have a question that is bugging me and was hoping others might have some advice.
A friend of ours has a son with ASD, high functioning.
His handwriting is so bad, as is his use of cutlery and scissors and all those things. My friend, his father, was talking to the school - he goes to a special school only for ASD children- asking about occupational therapy or other techniques to help him improve.
They told him that it is a total waste of time, that there is nothing that can be done to help his fine motor skill problems, that he expends too much energy trying to write to be able to write meaningfully, and that his father should be thinking about a laptop because he'll be able to type better than write as he gets older. (He is 9.) They have said they dont really bother too much about his fine motor skills and don't think OT would help.
To put this into perspective (for me) he plays the Nintendo DS extremely well with both hands, plays the WII extremely well (both handed) and makes and builds small lego shapes and toys with what looks like dexterity.
Has anyone else come across the 'it's not worth trying to do anything about it' scenario? Is it worth trying something to assist in his improvement?