When I started taking education classes in college, my teachers stressed the importance of children’s doodles. I believe they called it pre-writing. I was totally bummed when I wasn’t able to entice Liam to write/color/doodle. He wouldn’t color in a coloring book. In my head, I knew that not every child was a writer, nor were they all readers. I would deny it vehemently if an education professional questioned me about my beliefs, “Of course, sir or madam, all children are readers and writers. Their potential just hasn’t been unlocked yet.”
Liam has started “writing” and I couldn’t be happier. After he is done he asks me to help him by drawing aspects that he deems that he is unable to draw and needs to complete the drawing.
The other day he drew a door on the ground with a stick. He carved out a rectangle with a cross in the middle and announced, “look mommy a door!” I immediately recognized the “door” from the movie “Monster’s, Inc.” That is an amazing hurtle for him because I’ve heard that it’s difficult to encourage autistic children to write and read. Liam loves to do both, but sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to get him to use a crayon. So when he does draw/color/write, I encourage it with all my might!