OT Corner: Stencils for Prewriting Strokes

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by Anne Zachry OTR/L

Do you have a student or child working on prewriting strokes? I recently started seeing a student for therapy who was already using these stencils, and they are so clever, I had to share them with you!

Basically, all you need are several file folders (colored file folders are nice), a black marker, a laminating machine, and sticky back Velcro.

As you can see with these, the student is working on forming a half-circle, a diagonal line, and a half square. First, cut the “pathway” that you need (half-circle, diagonal line, etc.) out of the top side of the file folder. Second, trace the edges of the “pathway” with black marker for a nice visual prompt. Third, laminate the file folder and any loose pieces. Finally, add the Velcro pieces (see below).

In the photo above, you’ll notice the sticky Velcro pieces were added to the bottom and sides of the file folder. The paper should fit inside the file folder, but not cover the Velcro pieces.

Once the file folder is closed, the Velcro pieces should stick together, and the stencil should work like a charm! See the video at the bottom of my original post on this topic on my website . Happy writing!

Featured Contributor: Dr. Anne Zachry, OTR/L PhD

Dr. Anne Zachry is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 18 years experience providing quality OT to children, along with caregiver instruction and support. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology. She’s had articles published in her profession’s trade magazine and in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently employed as a school therapist, working with students having issues ranging from mild fine motor problems to severe physical disabilities.

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