CREATING HAPPY HANDS
Thank you for stopping by my site! Parents and teachers like you are some of my favorite partners in helping promote the success of a child at home and at school.
Many parents ask me how they can be a part of their child’s learning experience in a positive way. I have provided the following on this site to help you learn more about your child:
Free downloads of various brochures on foundational skills of handwriting (gross motor, fine motor, visual perception, sensory motor, and developmental milestones).
Information about my book Alphabet Soup which shares developmental information, ways to teach your child and fun and productive games in which you and your child can be involved.
Lynlines is my educational blog! It has topics from parent's grief, handwriting hints for parents and teachers, sensory thoughts, and much more!
Decks of alphabet playing cards: a great way to learn print or cursive letters!
As an occupational therapist specializing in children’s developmental and learning differences, I know early intervention can have a positive impact. I love to partner with parents and teachers, offering evaluations, one on one consultations, and seminars.
Thanks for stoppping by and have fun looking through my website!
Lyn is an exceptional speaker. Her inservices are informative and enlightening. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
I recently purchased Alphabet Soup. This book is filled with wonderful activities to do this summer with my children. Thanks Lyn!
Featured From The Blog
As summer rapidly approaches, many questions come up between parent and therapist for summer plans. I am asked these most frequently: 1. Is it ok to take off the summer from therapy to give my child a break? This is a question to ask your therapist. Many children can maintain the progress they have made with a good solid home program run with a committed parent. Others need the continual therapy as they have not “cemented” the new movement patterns or skills they just learned and tend to regress to old habits. 2. Now that school is out, can we do intensive therapy many times a week? Parents and therapists can have unrealistic plans for summer. It is easy to think that summer will be […]
For those of you with children, students, or clients having eye tracking issues as they read, these cards are a great help! They take the place of using your finger to follow the text or an index card to block out part of the text to eliminate distractions on the page. They come in multiple colors, short ones like these for regular books or longer ones for text books. For those who are sensitive to the white/black contrast of regular pages, colored filters are also included to add to these reading cards. You can see that the green card has a yellow filter. The notched top is for reading only one line at a time. The window is for reading two lines at a time. […]
We have been looking at highlights from the ECMC conference held last month in Houston. Here some more! Thanks for tuning in! When we think about fine motor skills, there are so many fun ways to encourage them. However, you don’t have to keep buying new materials or toys. Think about the items you already have and try the following: 1. Change the weight: plastic instead of glass, more fluid or less, multiple objects instead of fluid This plastic bottle has multiple objects to find among toothpicks and rice to make the sound of falling rain. Please secure the lid either with tape or glue. Change the weight by using a glass bottle (must have supervision) or using gravel instead of rice. Weight helps strengthen if used appropriately. […]
Before we continue with the power point presentation highlights I would like to make several comments about the importance of pencil grip with handwriting. If we go back and look at the components of handwriting as being rungs on a ladder with cognitive/developmental being the top rungs, fine motor skills which include an efficient pencil grip is one of the lower rungs. Several American Journal of Occupational Therapy articles found that grip forces especially thumb position on the pencil seemed to have “no bearing on speed and legibility. Interventions for handwriting difficulties should focus more on speed and letter formation than on grasp pattern.” (references below). If you are working with kindergarteners or preschoolers, please encourage an efficient pencil grip. However, it may be more […]