Daniel’s Word Magic

Daniel is a word maker. He will use blocks, cards, magnetic alphabets, felt letters to make words. Or he will improvise with playdough, pipe cleaners, little cars or blocks. He also uses markers, crayons or chalk.

Most of his words come from videos, especially the opening or closing credits.

On January 1st, 2011 he wrote the word “fish.” What made this notable and memorable is that it was the first time he wrote a word to describe something he was seeing; in this case, someone had drawn a fish and he labelled it.

This page will be for some of Daniel’s amazing word achievements.

And yes, I do let him use markers on the fridge. And no, I won’t make him stop writing on the fridge.


6 thoughts on “Daniel’s Word Magic

    • Hi Jacqueline, I wanted to add a little bit more about the doodle pad. When the twins were younger I made sure that for Christmas and birthdays they received duplicate gifts, which means we have two doodle pads. If I recall correctly the doodle pads arrived when they were three. Daniel has played with his every since it arrived and it has become a great way to snuggle up and work with him on his letters. Initially, he just wanted to darken the whole screen, but it is mostly words now. Very recently, though, he has started to draw images which is very exciting. I should clarify that both kids play with their doodle pads often and they both take them on long drives.


  1. I found this post really moving. I LOVE it that you let Daniel write on the fridge. His words are brilliant. My little boy uses a magnetic twisting stack (from a word game) to make words – especially when he doesn’t want to say them. He will then come and thrust the stack into my face and ask me what word I can see. He spins it too fast for my eyes and gets cross when I can’t guess instantly (it involves having to pick out words like in a wordsearch). He usually uses if for emotional words like ‘cry’ or ‘sorry’. Daniel’s words were very artistic.


    • Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca. I have to admit that writing on the fridge is a lot safer than not knowing where the markers are. Daniel`s mother found that out when he took markers to his bedroom and wrote on her walls.

      I like the game that your son plays with you, even if you can`t keep up. Both our boys have very creative ways of using words and letters to communicate what is important to them, even if we are a little out of the loop on the why.


  2. Autistic or not, if writing on a fridge helps a child express himself/herself or aids them in learning to write, I don’t see the problem with it. Fridges can be cleaned, and if not, you still have some cool artwork.


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