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

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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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, 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.

Looking for a super cute holiday fine motor craft that is easy on your budget? Checkout my latest Frugal OT post!

The Frugal OT Series…December’s Dollar Tree Find of the Month

This super cute holiday tree packs a lot of bang for your buck. So many fine motor skills are addressed in this time efficient craft. Perfect to do during therapy sessions, as a class, and/or at home with your little one. Children will be pleasantly challenged by the fine motor demands that will result in a sweet holiday craft ready to gift to a loved one. All the supplies can be gathered for pennies on the dollar at your local dollar tree.

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Does your child have a hard time coping with the stress the holidays bring?

8 Tips To Help Neuroatypical Kids Cope With Holiday Stress

Along with the holiday season comes bright lights, loud noises, large gatherings, and much excitement.  Routines are often disrupted to attend special events and winter vacation from school.  Home, school, and most places change in appearance with festive decorations.  Streets, stores, and neighborhoods are adorned with bright, colorful lights to celebrate this jubilant time of year.  Children who thrive on structure and routine may find all the change quite overwhelming.  Not to mention the sensory challenges that the holidays may bring.This post is about how to reduce holiday stress and meltdowns in children with autism, ADHD,  anxiety disorder, executive functioning, and sensory issues.  Therapists and educators, please share this post with your parents!

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A must-do pre-writing program for pre-school aged children of ALL abilities

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Fun Strokes Clubs are 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 drawingut 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!”

K. Flynn, Parent

Covid-19 mitigation measures will be in place in all programs.

Did You Know?

Between 10% and 30% of children experience difficulty learning how to form letters and numbers.

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)

Between 90–98% of children with ADHD and autism struggle with learning how to write.

Chung, Patel, & Nizami 2020

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