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I HATE TO WRITE! Rescuing Our Reluctant Writers at AANE's Summer Conference

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Rhode Island College

600 Mount Pleasant Avenue

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Providence, RI 02908

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“I HATE TO WRITE!" RESCUING OUR RELUCTANT WRITERS is a conference for Educators, Parents, and Social Workers supporting students with executive functioning and learning differences such as autism, ADD, and ADHD.

The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) has planned this annual summer conference opportunity with Autism Consultant Kathy Oehler, MS, CCC-SLP, and Occupational Therapist Cheryl Boucher MS, OTR, co-authors of "I Hate to Write!": Tips for Helping Students with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards, and Become Happy, Successful Writers.

"I HATE TO WRITE!" Conference Description:

Writing affects both behavior and student achievement. Many of our reluctant writers have executive functioning differences that make the act of writing very difficult. Even simple writing tasks require skills in language, organization, sensory regulation, and motor control that are very problematic for these students. This affects behavior. Teachers report that a simple request to “do your work” (i.e., “write something!”) often results in refusal or a behavior outburst. And the ability to write is a high stakes skill. In order to meet today’s Academic Standards, transition to college, or enter the workplace, students must be able to demonstrate proficiency through written expression.

This session, presented by a Speech / Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist, will help educators look at the writing process through the eyes of a student with executive functioning differences such as autism, learning disability, ADD, ADHD, Behavior Disorder, etc. Using an interactive format, the presenters will explore the organization, sensory, motor, and language challenges students experience during the writing process. The presenters will share frustrations frequently expressed by teachers as they try to help students meet Common Core or state academic standards for writing: "He has good ideas but he just refuses to write!", "He can't seem to stay on topic", "He shuts down every time he picks up a pencil". Combining best practice strategies of an SLP and an OT, the presenters will offer evidence based, easy to use strategies to help teachers address writing challenges in the classroom. The presenters will share new ways that technology – computer, tablet, and IPad based – can be used to help our reluctant writers. There will be time to share stories and solutions of real students who struggle with writing. Attendees will come away with a full toolbox of strategies to help our students become happy, successful writers.

Quotes from previous workshop attendees:

  • Columbus, Ohio: “Excellent! Incredibly helpful. Relevant information that can be used immediately to help students with written output challenges.”
  • Houston, Texas: “Best workshop I’ve ever attended
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: “Absolutely the best session. Applicable strategies. User friendly. Easy to understand presentation.”
  • Baltimore, Maryland: “I could have listened to you longer. Loved learning strategies I can use tomorrow
  • Denver, Colorado: “Great strategies to actually use with my students. Excellent speakers, information, and presentation. Very interactive with audience
  • Clinton County, Michigan:Very glad I came. So much information, and very well presented
  • Fairbanks, Alaska: I’m so excited to get back to my classroom and use these strategies

Presenter Bios:

Kathy Oehler, M.S., CCC-SLP, Autism Consultant

Originally trained as a speech-language pathologist, Kathy has worked with individuals with autism for over 20 years. Kathy currently works as an independent Autism Consultant, traveling around the country presenting workshops, seminars, and trainings on a variety of topics related to meeting the educational needs of kids with ASD and related disorders. Kathy has served on the Advisory Board of Autism Asperger Digest and is author of the article “Please Don’t Make Me Write!” Along with Cheryl Boucher, Kathy is the author of I Hate to Write! Tips for Helping Kids with ASD and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards, and Become Happy, Successful Writers.


Cheryl Boucher, M.SEd., OTR, Occupational Therapist
Cheryl Boucher is an Occupational Therapist with more than 20 years of experience. She earned a Master’s degree in special education. Cheryl currently works as an OT for a large, urban school corporation. She also is in demand as a speaker and presenter, specializing in strategies to meet the sensory and motor needs of students with ASD. She is co-author of ‘Low Cost / No Cost Sensory Strategies for the Classroom”, published by Autism / Asperger Digest. Along with Kathy Oehler, Cheryl is author of I Hate to Write! Tips for Helping Kids with ASD and Related Disorders Increase Achievement, Meet Academic Standards, and Become Happy, Successful Writers.

Learning Objectives / Outcomes:
Upon completion participants will be able to...

  • Identify the multiple skill areas required for functional writing skills

  • Recognize why students with executive function learning differences such as autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, behavior disorder, etc. may be challenged in one or all of these areas

  • Recognize how difficulties with the writing process can seriously affect both academic progress and behavior

  • Develop a ‘toolbox’ of evidence based / research based / easy-to-implement strategies to help reluctant writers be more successful with the writing process in the K-12, college, and career settings

  • Learn easy new ways to use computer based and IPad technology to help students K-12 and beyond be more successful writers

  • Share and problem solve real student writing challenges, as seen in attendees’ own classrooms


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Please email Events@AANE.org with any questions you have about the event.

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Refunds, minus a $10 processing fee per person, are available until the end of our business day on July 17, 2018. No refunds/credits after July 17, 2018 including no-shows.

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