Freebies

Fine Motor Skills

Build a child’s fine motor skills by having him/her engage in these activities.

Activities to Promote Fine Motor Development
Activities to Promote Fine Motor Developments

This infographic outlines the complexity of fine motor skills by breaking down all the underlying skill components.

Fine Motor Skills Unveiled
Fine Motor Skills Unveiled

Using a vertical surface (like an easel versus a table top) can benefit children tremendously. Learn why and what activities you can do to build a child’s fine motor skills.

Benefits of Working on a Vertical Surface

Handwriting Skills

The Complete Handwriting Checklist a.k.a Be A Handwriting Sleuth

Letter Placement Checklists (Levels 1,2,3)

Visual Aids For Spacing

Pressure Grading Worksheets (how much force to apply)

Pressure Grading Worksheets

Practice Without Pain: Pangrams

Handwriting is a non-preferred task for many, if not most, of the kids we serve as school-based OTs.  Why? Because the underlying deficits they struggle with can make handwriting a daunting task.  We get around this by enticing these kiddos with a plethora of sensory-based activities to practice handwriting without ever touching a pencil and paper.  But at some point, to improve their handwriting legibility skills, these kiddos must practice using pencil and paper.  It is inevitable.  But this doesn’t mean they need to write a book!  Pangrams are an excellent way to address every letter in the alphabet, with just one simple sentence.  You can spend the bulk of your session addressing all those other underlying deficits and still get some time in for handwriting itself.  It’s also a quick and easy way to assess baseline and/or measure progress.  Lastly, pangrams are an excellent way to retain skills over the summer.   If it’s  simple and easy, parents will be more inclined to follow through. This freebie contains 10 kid-friendly pangrams for handwriting practice.

Practice Without Pain: Pangrams

Infographic: 9 Strategies to Help Children with Dysgraphia

Dygraphia simply means difficulty learning to write or putting thoughts on paper. There are several ways to help children who struggle in this area, this infographic explains how.

9 Strategies to Help Children with Dysgraphia

Want more information about dysgraphia? Check out my post: Fun Strokes Presents The ADHD and Handwriting Series Part One

Children with ADHD often have difficulty with handwriting skills. This infographic explains how at a glance.

The Link Between ADHD and Handwriting

Tools and Info to Tackle Letter Reversals

Visual Aids

Visual aids can be very effective in helping children combat letter reversals. Post them in plain sight when children are writing.

Letter Reversal Visual Aid b & d

Infographic: Letter Reversals Should You Be Concerned?

Letter Reversals At A Glance
Letter Reversals At A Glance

Want more information? Jump to my blog: Letter Reversals…Should You Be Concerned?

Sensory Processing Skills

When teachers and/or parents think of how they can support the sensory needs of their students or child, they often have ideas of elaborate sensory rooms that boast expensive fancy equipment. I am here to tell you that while this is a fantastic option, it is not the only option!  You can provide meaningful sensory experiences using regular household and, or classroom stuff.  If you haven’t read Sensory Processing Skills Unveiled and Explained be sure to do so.  Having an appreciation of what sensory processing disorder is and what it might look like is paramount before implementing any type of sensory strategy for children.

Free PDF: Sensory Smart Tools at a Glance

Fun Strokes Freebie:  Sensory Smart Tools
Sensory Smart Tools At a Glance

I am thrilled to offer the entire Sensory Smart Toolkit for free! A comprehensive sensory program for classroom or home.

Everything you need to provide sensory solutions for your little ones today!

Be sure to read my post How to Create a Sensory Smart Classroom or Home to learn how to implement the Sensory Smart Toolkit.

Sensory Smart Toolkit

Fun Strokes Freebie:  Sensory Smart Toolkit
Sensory Smart Toolkit

Get Yours Today!

Heavy Work Activities

Heavy work activities can have a calming and organizing effect on children. This activity choice board provides many options. Offer breaks throughout the day as needed to gain focus and calm.

Heavy Work Activity Choice Boards

Heavy Work Activity Choice Boards

Want more information about heavy work? Check out this post: What Are Heavy Work Activities and Who Should Do Them?

Infographic: 9 Heavy Work Activities at the Beach

9 Heavy Work Activities at the Beach

Summer is such an exciting time of year. It is my personal favorite. One of the things I love to do is spend a day at the beach. Like my family and me, many people flock to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Along with the fun comes crowds of people and lots of sensory stimulation. Roaring waves, wafting scents of sunscreen, music playing, lots of chatter, etc.  This can be challenging for children with sensory processing difficulties because it may lead to sensory overload. The good news is that the beach also presents many outlets for heavy work activity.    

Heavy work activities offer many benefits because they provide proprioceptive input. Proprioceptive input provides information to the body that helps with feeling centered and grounded. This input provides a sense of organization and calm.  Children may benefit from heavy work activities for this reason. So if your child shows signs of distress while at the beach (irritable, whining, hyperactive, unable to follow directions), encourage him or her to engage in one of these activities.  

This free PDF makes a great handout for parents with children who have sensory processing difficulties.   

Attending Skills

Are you challenged by getting your student or child to do any type of independent work? If your child or student struggles in this area, try these strategies to build their attending skills.

Infographic: 9 Strategies to Increase Attending Skills

9 Strategies to Increase Attending Skills
9 Strategies to Increase Attending Skills and On-Task Behavior

Want more information? Jump to my post: 9 Strategies to Increase Attending Skills and On Task Behavior

I hope you’ll find these free resources useful! Have a question or inquiry? Shoot me a message:

Disclaimer: 

The Fun Strokes blog is designed for educational and informational use only for teachers, therapists and parents. It is not intended as medical advice or therapeutic treatment that would be provided in an individualized treatment plan. If you suspect a child has delays, please consult an occupational therapist.

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