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.
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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!
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Remediation Suggestions for those children with visual perceptual weaknesses affecting spacing may include: 1. Always have a child’s eyes checked for physical visual problems first. Make sure tracking, convergence, and accommodation are evaluated. 2. Teach a child to talk themselves through the visual perceptual problem: Example, working with parquetry block patterns: Child cannot find the needed shaped block. Describe the block (has 4 corners and straight edges) to him. Help him learn to visualize the shape of a square or other blocks by using this language. 3. Check to see if changing the color of the paper or lines has an effect on success. One young man who I worked with had 100% improved handwriting legibility when writing on purple paper. Highlighting where the “ditch” line (where letters […]
Spacing observations for the whole page: Is the child’s name placed in the appropriate space? If no: Is the child too young to know where their name is to be placed? Are there inconsistencies with where the name is to be placed on the various pages used in the class? Does the child have the concept of “upper left hand corner”? Corner is not a word used a lot in our society. It may need to be taught along with left and right. Do the words hug the left hand margin of the paper? This has been discussed in recent blogs. Is there excess space between words or do the words run together? Children who do either of these, may have visual perceptual weaknesses. It […]
We are answering questions that I ask as I am looking at a student’s written assignment. We observed and answered 1 & 2 last blog and now we will look at the following questions! I have loved your comments! I learn so much from your comments! Keep them coming. 3. Is it legible over all? As I scan the page from left to write, I look to see if words are more legible on one side of the page versus the other and if there is a difference in the middle of the page. Those children that have issues with their eyes, may skip words in the middle of the page if copying, misspell words, or write illegibly as their eyes “jump” crossing midline of […]
Once we have observed the items mentioned on the last blog, what do we do with the information. Let’s see…….. 1. Does the writing get worse at the bottom of the page? a. Is it a visual problem? The further down the page, the more our eyes need to come together (convergence). The child may need to have his eyes checked. b. Watch the child write. Make sure the furniture fits the child. The desk should be 2 inches above his bent elbow and the chair should allow his feet to be flat n the floor. Adjust as needed. Check his posture: Is his head tilted to one side? Is he blocking one eye? Does he sit up straight in the chair? Does he hold the paper […]