Stephen spontaneously wrote "DEMCO" on a piece of paper at school and took the staff to the library with the word. They couldn't figure out what it meant or what he wanted. I almost passed out when I saw that word written in the note from the teacher in his daily log. I know what that word is!! They are the school supply catalogs that he collects that he gets from school when they don't need them anymore!! He also wrote it with sidewalk chalk, sand and on paper with pencil and marker!!
My son doesn't write independantly and certainly not to communicate. He has a very weak grasp with a pen, pencil, etc and doesn't apply much pressure so usually we have him use a marker. He usually only copies things with a model or traces letters that are dotted lines. I called the teacher hoping she would still be there to tell her what the word meant. She said she figured it out after he left school and was sooooo excited that her persistance in having him practice his handwriting was paying off : ) He even wrote it for me when I gave him a pen and piece of paper!
I love when Stephen gives us proof that he is really in there. Those of us who know and love him know how smart he is and it's nice when we have a story to tell other people that shows he is a little diamond in the rough.