Fun tips, tools, and resources to build children's fine motor skills.

Fun Strokes is your go-to site for information, inspiration, and resources that have been thoughtfully created 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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Linda Craig Dennis M.Ed., OTR/L
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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, sensory processing 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 programs are a series of small group sessions that span over eight weeks (fall/spring) and 6 weeks (summer).  They are offered as after school clubs and summer clubs.  Fun Strokes programs were designed for any child at risk for a deficit in written communication skills.  We offer two programs, Fun Strokes, and Fun Strokes II.  Fun Strokes is designed for preschool-aged children who have yet to master pre-writing strokes, the prerequisite to handwriting.  It is based on the innovative Fun Strokes pre-writing curriculum and helps children get ready to write.  Fun Strokes II is designed for children in kindergarten through 1st grade who struggle with learning how to write or handwriting skills. Fun Strokes is 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 Fun Strokes programs. Please click the link above for more information.

I am humbled and honored to share that I have been named one of Autism Parenting Magazine’s top contributors for 2021!  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the magazine’s extraordinary team of professionals who share my passion for supporting neurodivergent children and their parents.  Autism Parenting Magazine is an award-winning publication that is dedicated to guiding and supporting families around the world affected by autism. 

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Fun Strokes Pre-writing Curriculum

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