FINE MOTOR SKILLS: SPRING COLORING POWER FOR THERAPY By Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR The Handwriting Clinic/First Strokes
Coloring Power Deluxe! SPRING Themed Fine Motor Activities to Teach a Correct Grasp! This file is PERFECT for adult rehab and regaining pencil control, even though originally it was designed to teach pencil control in children. The file has non-babyish pictures that would appeal to an older adult as they progress towards regaining fine motor skills. Designed by an occupational therapist, Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR. This file has printable handouts for how to hold a pencil, as well as a therapeutic adaptation for working with atypical grasp patterns. Jan has a freebie on TTS entitled: How to Hold a Pencil from an Occupational Therapists Perspective. With these FUN center time activities, and the article, and teacher or therapist should be able to print out activities and labs to facilitate dynamic control of a pencil. The activities in this kit are appropriate for age 4 - 9.
The tracing files are specifically designed to work towards a manipulative, dynamic grasp. These fine motor labs are essential for any preschool, Kindergarten or 1st grade classroom. Occupational therapists can use this product to work on fine motor skills in therapy. OT's can also recommend this file for teachers to purchase, to work on fine motor skills for an entire class. Very comprehensive.
If you like this product, a product that works very well in combination, is the Pencil Power Deluxe files by Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR. With both of these files, a teacher should be able to work towards improving grasp patterns on a pencil, and dynamic control. Students should then generalize these skills to writing. Don't settle for static, fatiguing grasp patterns in children! All the funky grasp patterns that are so predominate in classrooms, are a relatively new phenomena that developed when students began early tool use and the preschool and Kindergarten curriculum became more challenging.
Pencil control may be one of the most important readiness skills that is very much overlooked! Add these warm-ups to your therapy. This is a comprehensive file, that progresses in skill. Most of all, as a therapist you will have important handouts to use with your clients. Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR owns The Handwriting Clinic, in Richardson, Texas - and has developed this program through years of experience in working with grasp development. I hope you will find this to be an extremely fun and useful therapy activity. The TIP grip protocol is also included in this file, for clients who have challenging grasp patterns. Take a picture of each client's grasp pattern and the beginning, and then 2 months later after they work through these labs (with verbal encouragement and reminders!). Then take a picture after grasp patterns has been emphasized in your therapy! Feel empowered to work on this challenging skill - you CAN work on pencil grip. Work not only on the grip, but the actual dynamic control !