Occupational Therapy for Kids
Fun Strokes is your go-to site for information, inspiration, and resources that have been thoughtfully curated to equip children with the tools they need to be successful in school and in life. Fun Strokes was created by me, a pediatric occupational therapist, to facilitate understanding and insight into the very complex area of fine motor skill development. Fun Strokes is for parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who has a passion for helping children.
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Get children ready for the handwriting demands of kindergarten and beyond by using this fun and engaging pre-writing program. Fun Strokes is an innovative curriculum purposefully designed for children of ALL abilities and addresses all facets of fine motor skill.
The Fun Strokes blog provides helpful information for therapists, teachers and parents of pre-school aged and school-aged children. Knowledge gained from over two decades of experience working as a pediatric occupational therapist is shared via topic specific posts. My goal is to serve as a go-to source of reliable information about fine motor skills, organizational skills, attending skills and many more topics of interest for those who care for or work with children. Enter your email address to follow my blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
Fun Strokes LLC is based in Suffolk, Virginia. We provide occupational therapy services in an itinerant school-based model. Services are designed for children who struggle with learning how to write or handwriting legibility. Programs are offered as after-school and summer clubs that span over 6-week sessions. Fun Strokes is currently housed at StoneBridge School in Chesapeake, VA and is open to the public. Your child does not need to be enrolled at Stonebridge School to participate in the Fun Strokes program. Please click the link above for more information.
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Introducing the…Fun Strokes Pre-writing Program
A must-do pre-writing program for pre-school aged children of ALL abilities
Do you have an autistic child who struggles with learning how to write? This article is for you!
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- Book Launch…Fun Strokes!Book Launch…Fun Strokes! An innovative pre-writing program created for preschool-aged children of ALL abilities.
- Fun Strokes Presents… The ADHD and Handwriting Series: Part TwoWhat you need to know about ADHD and handwriting difficulties.
- Fun Strokes Presents… The ADHD and Handwriting Series: Part OneWhat you need to know about ADHD and handwriting skills.
- How To Teach Grade-Schoolers Organizational Skills…Starting With the Disorganized DeskHow To Teach Grade-Schoolers Organizational Skills…Starting With the Disorganized Desk
- How to Teach Kids of ALL Abilities How to Tie Shoes: Modified TechniquesLearning how to tie shoes can be quite daunting for a child with fine motor issues. It may not seem like it, but there are many underlying skills needed in order to master this complex task. Typically developing children are usually able to accomplish this skill around the age of 4-5 years old. By kindergarten, it is expected that children will be able to manage their own laces when they’ve come untied. Oftentimes, children with fine motor difficulties and/or executive functioning difficulties have a very hard time learning to tie shoes. I see a lot of parents give up on teaching their kids how to tie their shoes because it seems like they just won’t get it or it takes too much time. If a child can’t tie shoes, there are many fashionable alternatives today. Elastic, no- tie laces have come a long way! But before you go down that road, please try the methods in this post. Five methods are presented here. The first two are rather traditional methods, the final three are adapted to make it much easier. Before throwing in the towel, give these methods a shot. If successful, it will surely build your child’s confidence and independence with their self-care skills.
- Introducing…”The Frugal OT” Series featuring my Dollar Tree Find of the MonthIntroducing…”The Frugal OT” Series featuring my Dollar Tree Find of the Month. How to work on fine motor skills on a budget. January’s Activity: Little Laundry Line
Fun Strokes Clubs are currently being offered at Stonebridge School in Chesapeake, VA.
“My 5 year old son will be going to Kindergarten next year and he was in need of some assistance with his overall handwriting skills (including drawing straight lines, shapes, letters, and numbers). When I saw the advertisement for Fun Strokes, I really wanted him to participate in hopes that his writing skills would improve. This program did just that and it helped with his self confidence. His Pre-K teacher noticed a difference before she was even aware that he was attending Fun Strokes. I would definitely recommend this program for students who need that extra boost!”Karissa Flynn, Parent
Covid-19 mitigation measures will be in place in all programs.
Did You Know?
Chung, Patel, & Nizami 2020
“Labored handwriting creates a drain on mental resources needed for higher-level aspects of writing, such as attention to content, elaboration of details, and organization of ideas.”
Louise Spear-Swerling (2006)
Chung, Patel, & Nizami 2020