First Strokes ® NEW
WITH LABS and MAKE AND TAKE!
Who Should Attend Presented by: Jan Goins-McCleskey, MA, OTR
• Occupational Therapists
• Dyslexia Coordinators and Teachers
• Preschool - 3rd grade teachers
• Private Clinicians
• Private Tutors
October 6, 7, 2008 TWO DAY WKSHOP Minnetonka, Minnesota
* Can come to Day 1 only
October 14, 2008 1 Day San Antonio, Texas
October 20, 21 2008 TWO DAY Edison, New Jersey
* Can come to Day 1 only
October 27, 2008 1 Day St. Louis, MO
November 3, 2008 1 Day San Diego, California
November 10, 2008 1 Day Houston, Texas
November 17, 2008 1 Day Indianapolis, Illinois
December 1, 2008 1 Day Birmingham, Alabama
December 8, 2008 1 Day Shreveport, Louisiana
First Strokes ®
Multi-sensory Handwriting Workshops
WITH LABS and MAKE AND TAKE!
Developing Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting through Empowering Teachers!
Receive your own materials to inservice your own district, therapy staff or clinic!!!
Presented by: Jan Goins-McCleskey, MA, OTR
In 2002, Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR founded The Handwriting Clinic™, in Plano, Texas after 19 years as an occupational therapist in the
public schools. Each summer over 300 students attend summer camps, and even more attend after school classes during the year.
The secret to the success of the clinic is likely the creative approaches used to make handwriting fun and attainable with the goal to get
the student using standard school handwriting curriculum, 3 lined paper or notebook paper quickly. By using research based knowl-
edge of developmental hand skills, visual motor skills and grapho-motor skills, Jan has created programs and products that work. She
is the author of the First Strokes® Products for print, cursive and fine motor skills development. For the past 6 years, she has traveled
extensively doing First Strokes® workshops nationally. Jan is presenting 2 different workshops this year.! Both workshops incorporate
the multi-sensory philosophy of the clinic, with zany, novel and creative activities that even seasoned therapists and teachers will find
inspiring. So if you are tired of boring workshops, you will find these workshops full of ideas, with extensive handouts to use as a re-
One problem in school today is the lack of time for handwriting and fine motor skills development. There is an emphasis on learning
handwriting at an early age, and there is an explosion of students diagnosed with dysgraphia! It has increasingly become clear, that
there is a significant need for making fine motor, visual motor and handwriting skills more successful within the classroom. The work-
shops emphasize intervention and multi-sensory techniques that are directed towards empowering teachers and therapists NO MAT-
TER WHAT HANDWRITING PROGRAM IS USED. The workshops are very applicable to preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers,
1st - 3rd grade teachers, special education teachers, dyslexia intervention teachers and occupational therapists. Participants receive a
comprehensive resource CD with massive handouts for resource lists and inservice training activities incorporated in the workshops so
that attendees can inservice their schools or clinics. Day 1
participants explore 50 multi-sensory labs to enhance their knowledge of therapeutic and remedial techniques. Day 1 participants re-
ceive the Day 2 handouts and information. Day 2 is a great day to generalize a LOT of information from Day 1 and functionally apply
skills to assessment and therapeutic strategies. We typically hear Day 1 participants tell us that the workshop is absolutely applicable
immediately and even highly experienced therapists tell us that they get so many new ideas and strategies in Day 1. We can’t provide
Day 2 workshops often and run a Handwriting Clinic in Plano, but we do usually do two a season. If you can make a Day 2 workshop, it
is a LOT of fun! You can find out more information about The Handwriting Clinic at www.TheHandwritingClinic.com, and more informa-
tion specifically about First Strokes workshops at www.FirstStrokesHandwriting.com. The First Strokes Workshops are sponsored by
The Handwriting Clinic™.
• Get NEW, FUN and CREATIVE fine motor and handwriting
intervention techniques to use with students IN the classroom or in a
Comments from Others Who Have
clinical setting, Explore labs and have fun with Make and Take Attended First Strokes® Workshops:
Activities. • I have been a therapist for 20 years, and I dread going to
• Go back to your district and be empowered to give inservices to inservices – they usually appear to be the same old thing
Preschool - K teachers, and 1st - 5th grade teachers on QUICK and I rarely learn much new information. Thank you for all
intervention techniques for handwriting development and legibility to the wonderful ideas. I can use them immediately
use within the classroom.. • This was great! I loved all the multi-sensory ideas!
• Learn a therapeutic intervention techniques that work well with • I loved the remedial strategies for handwriting errors!
students. • "Nice reinforcer to Mary Benbow's 2.5 day handwriting
• Receive a CD of comprehensive handouts of resources for conference. (Hers was clinical; yours was functional/
classroom labs, adapted curriculum and sensory ideas for fine
motor skills and handwriting intervention. (over 500 pgs if • I loved being able to watch demonstrations. I liked the
hands on approach of the lab portion. It helped develop/
enhance clinical ideas"
• As an OT, I wish our teachers were here to hear this".
• This program was very applicable - can use it tomorrow"
NEW! First Strokes® Multi-sensory ONE DAY INSERVICE
Handwriting Workshop —
a Handwriting, Visual and Fine Motor Lab Day
7:30 - 8:00 Registration (MUFFINS OR BAGELS AND COFFEE/TEA)
Please be on time so you can get full contact hours credit
8:00 start time! Introduction and Fabulous Lab Demonstration!
8:15 - 8:45 Learning to Write in School - too fast, too soon, too hard -
problems with students who have poor fine and visual motor skills, dyslexia or dysgraphia
8:45 - 9:45 Empowering teachers to Integrate Handwriting Within the
Classroom with NO TIME but still helping kids that struggle!
A toolkit of FUN, high interest activities for large motor,
medium motor, and small motor learning techniques to help
students with fine motor and visual motor delays.
Receive CD training handouts for YOU to teach staff ways
to better integrate ANY handwriting program within the
classroom, clinic or therapeutic setting.
9:45 -10:00 BREAK
10:00 - 10:30 Overview of First Strokes Print Programs using lab
demonstrations of cool, medium motor activities.
10:30 - 11:30 Remedial Strategies for therapeutic intervention:
RECEIVE: * CD handout for YOU to teach an inservice on Remedial Strategies and Errors within YOUR program.
Discuss spacing, sizing strategies, number reversals, vision related
11:30 - 12:30 LUNCH - on your own
12:30 - 1:00 Remedial strategies (cont): worksheet legibility, speed handwriting, handwriting errors, strategies for older students
1:00 - 1:15 First Strokes NEW Cursive Program overview (all inclusive - has remedial techniques integrated within program!)
1:15 - 1:30 LAB DEMONSTATION: Therapeutic “facilitated writing” using
Exploding Playdough and Other Zany Writing Topics
1:30 - 2:30 FINE MOTOR/GRASP PRESENTATION:
RECEIVE: PENCIL GYMNASTICS KIT for YOU to teach staff how to integrate fine motor skills and grasp
development into the classroom, clinic or parent training.
Therapeutic Strategies/Research Studies - Should we change funky grasps? Tx. for specific grasp pattern errors. CREATIVE Interven-
tion Strategies that even seasoned therapists will love. Hard to solve problem grasps.
2:30 - 3:10 WALK-AROUND MULTI-SENSORY
WRITING AND FINE MOTOR/GRASP LABS!!
(50 lab stations!) Explore the COOLEST multi-sensory
teaching strategies for grasp development and letter formation.
3:10 - 3:15 Lab Breakdown/Break
3:15 - 3:30 Dysgraphia, Dylexia, Learning Disabilities, Assistive Technology
3:30 - 3:55 Ideas for students with autism or low cognitive skills
3:55 - 4:00 Post evaluation, group questions, prize give-away, wrap up
Course Objectives: The goal of this workshop is for the attendee to have a resource of information to be able to inservice staff at their own
• Recognize the typical progression of handwriting in school and how to adapt ANY handwriting program to be more successful for students that struggle
• Observe intervention techniques for remedial handwriting for number
reversals, letter reversals, worksheet legibility, math legibility, kinesthetic
learning and recognition of handwriting errors for students with poor visual
• Identify strategies for working with students with vision related learning
differences through a power point presentation and written handout
• Identify activities for grasp and writing labs within a classroom or clinical setting and receive a resource list of activities
• Practice CREATIVE therapeutic techniques for large, medium and small motor learning of letter formation in print and cursive through walk-around labs that can be integrated
into classroom or clinical settings
• Recognize remedial intervention techniques for letter formation, letter reversals, number reversals, kinesthetic handwriting
• Observe lab resources for creating zany writing ideas for generalization of handwriting into words, sentences and paragraphs
• Review selected research on grasp development and intervention and
discuss reasons and strategies to change or “tweak” grasps when needed
• Observe how to modify handwriting curriculum for students with low cognitive skills or autism
• Recognize assistive technology options for students with poor handwriting
NEW! First Strokes®
Experiential Lab /Training Day (day 2)
(Minnesota and New Jersey only)
Please note: Day 1 covers First Strokes products in general and gives techniques no matter what program
you use. Day 2 is more specific training on First Strokes products, but concepts can be generalized. Day 2 is ap-
propriate for OT’s, special ed teachers. Day 1 is appropriate for OT’s, special ed teachers, dyslexia coordinators,
AND regular ed teachers - preschool - 3rd grade. Day 2 is a very active day, with in seat and out of seat activities
throughout the day. TO GO TO DAY 2, A PARTICIPANT MUST HAVE ATTENDED A DAY 1 WORKSHOP.
7:30 - 8:00 Registration (MUFFINS OR BAGELS AND COFFEE/TEA)
8:00 - start time Welcome and handwriting samples (will use in pm). Divide into work groups.
8:10 - 8:45 Sensorimotor Gym Activities
MAKE AND TAKE: Left/Right Discrimination Poster
8:45 - 9:15 GROUP ACTIVITY: Assessment Lab: Pre-K thru 1st grade.
9:15 - 9:30 PRINT LAB: Visual cueing techniques, reversal strategies.
Zany Writing LAB - Shaving Cream Monsters, “facilitated handwriting/cueing”
9:30 - 9:45 BREAK
9:45 - 10:00 Reversal Tip Game - memorize reversal techniques and play rocket launcher game to win PRIZES!
10:00 - 10:45 GROUP ACTIVITY: Assessment for 2nd grade and Above. A FUN way to get Quick Remediation/. Go over
assessment for 2nd grade and above.
RECEIVE: * One Hour to Legibility Inservice Kit/CD for Older
Students ($35 value) (CD includes assessment for older students)
10:45 - 11:15Zany Writing LAB - Make alien eyeballs, use special paper to cue sizing
11:00 - 11:15Legibility Techniques for “fill in the blank worksheets”, math
11:15 - 11:45MAKE AND TAKE: Numbers Curriculum ACTIVITY: Number Rhymes Group discussion: Multi-sensory
ways to work on numbers
11:45 - 12:45LUNCH - on your own
12:45 - 1:05 MAKE AND TAKE: Balloon Exercisers for Grasp, Homemade Shaving Cream Air Putty for grasp exercises
1:05 - 1:40 First Strokes Cursive LAB - Learn sequencing, speed handwriting, touch and trace concepts, generalizing to
1:40 - 1:50 MAKE AND TAKE: Jello creatures for cursive writing generalization
1:50 - 2:05 Speed lab. Metronome work for cursive. Retrain the Brain activities.
2:05 - 2:20 BREAK with cookies!
2:20 - 2:50 Adapting curriculum - Integrating OT Objectives into the regular ed IEP
2:50 - 3:20 MAKE AND TAKE: Make individualized curriculum activity to work with students who have severe visual
motor needs/low cognitive skills or autism.
3:20 - 4:00 Group Discussion Case Studies for assessment//Treatment planning for pre
school, K, 1st, older students, special needs students - including classroom
integration and clinical setting. Prize giveaway.
*Note - Day 2 is a generalization of skills from Day 1. Day 1 participants receive the Day 2 handouts and information. Day 2 is a
great day to generalize a LOT of information from Day 1 and functionally apply skills to assessment and therapeutic strate-
gies AND it is a lot of FUN!
• Practice therapeutic strategies to teach the First Strokes Print and Cursive programs through group
labs and demonstration.
• Identify and practice remediation techniques for visual memory, visual cueing, and visual motor
integration of handwriting within labs
• Practice assessment for fine motor/handwriting skills for preschool through older students
• Recognize techniques for improving integration of handwriting from therapeutic
intervention into generalization of skills into classroom, and apply to IEP development.
• Make “take home” materials for intervention for handwriting, number reversal
curriculum, grasp/fine motor skills, special populations
• Discuss case studies and treatment intervention at different grade levels, and how to integrate
skills into a classroom or clinic setting.
Course Hours: Registration begins at 7:30 am and workshop starts at 8:00. Please be on time - we are
required to give amended certificates for late arrivers. Each workshop is worth 6.5 contact hours.
OT’s: Each workshop has been approved for .65 AOTA CEU’s. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does
not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.”
AOTA Education Level: Introductory (material is appropriate for introductory therapists, although workshop
is appropriate for highly experienced therapists). Category 1: Domain of OT 2: OT Process *Sign-in/sign
out procedures will be adhered to. Certificate will reflect actual hours attended in the workshop.
Directions/Maps - available at www.firststrokeshandwriting.com - or type in address to Yahoo Maps. We cannot
guarantee accuracy of maps - please allow extra time for traffic, weather conditions, etc.
Please bring a sweater or a jacket. Dress is very casual - blue jeans ok!
Day 2 workshops require a lot of movement, walking, and fine motor skill activities. Day 1 workshops require
walking around lab stations. Please wear comfortable shoes.
October 6, DAY 1 Minneapolis Marriot Southwest
1. Please check: 2008 (Mon) 5801 Opus Parkway
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343
Hotel Ph 952 935-5500
* Can come to Day 1 only
October 7 DAY 2 Minnetonka, Minnesota
October 14, 1 Day Embassy Suites NW I-10
2008 (Tues) San Antonio, Texas 78230
Hotel Ph 210 340-5421
October 20, Hilton Garden Inn Edison/Raritan Ctr
DAY 1 50 Raritan Center Parkway
Edison, New Jersey 08837
Hotel Ph 732-225-0900
* Can come to Day 1 only
October 21, DAY 2 Edison, New Jersey
October 27, 1 Day Hilton St. Louis Airport
2008 (Mon) 10330 Natural Bridge Rd
St. Louis, MO 63134
parking fee Hotel Ph 314 426 5500
Doubletree Hotel San Diego Mission
November 3, 1 Day Valley
2008 (Mon) 7450 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, California 92108
Hotel Ph: 619-297-5466
November 10, 1 Day Houston Airport Marriott
2008 (Mon) @GBI
18700 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Houston, Texas 77032
Hotel Ph: 281 443 2310
November 17, 1 Day Indianapolis Marriott North
2008 (Mon) 3645 River Crossing Parkway
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Hotel Ph: 317-705-0000
December 1, Cahaba Grand Conference Center
1 Day 3660 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, Alabama 35243
Hotel Ph: 205-969-5659
December 8, Holiday Inn Shreveport Financial Plaza
1 Day 5555 Financial Plaza
Shreveport, Louisiana 71129
Hotel Ph: 318-688-3000
REGISTRATION FORM: (use dark ink if faxing. Keep copy of this form for info.)
Name: Last, First, (include title - ex. OT, OTR, )
____________________ __________________ _________________
Work Phone Cell Phone Home Phone
Email address Fax Number
Please check: (materials shipped to workshop site)
DAY 1 registration 1-2 3 to 4 5 or more attendees
Early registration $199 **$189 **$169 each
(received 8 days prior each
Regular registration $209 **$199 **$179 each
INCLUDES: * Comprehensive CD of Handouts, Resources, Adapted
curriculum,, Inservice Training Handouts for your
* Pencil Gymnastics Kit ($24.95 value)
*** Groups must register at the
same time by sending in all
registrations together or calling TWO DAY *** Please call if
to register. Online registration (when available) attendees and only some
will attend Day 2.
available for groups only if the Early registration $365 $350 $340
group is registering at the same (received 8 days prior each
time with one credit card. Call Regular registration $375 $360 $350
972 814 1296 if questions.
INCLUDES: COOL! ONE HOUR TO LEGIBILITY TRAINING KIT - $35 value
Experiential Labs /Materials/Handouts
* Note - Day 2 is a hands-on, experiential workshop and attendance is limited. The
participant will learn through hands-on labs, make-it/take-it, group discussion, games.
REDUCED PRICING OF PRODUCTS IS ONLY AVAILABLE IF PURCHASED
PRIOR TO WORKSHOP. NO PRODUCTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR REDUCED
PRICING DURING THE WORKSHOP. Descriptions of products available from
www.FirstStrokesHandwriting.com or we can mail catalog. Products will be delivered to
O P T I O N A L:
First Strokes Multi-sensory Handwriting Kit (Retail $80) Comes with 6 Ch.
Instructors manual, assessment, CD with narrated storybook, Billy Learns
His ABC’s storybook, upper case workbook, lower case workbook, stamp set.
Reduced Price $50.00
First Strokes Advanced Print Workbook - Block Edition
Retail Price: $11.95 Reduced Price $8.50
First Strokes Advanced Print Workbook - Snail Tails Edition (if you have
students that use D’Nealian handwriting - Snail Tails is a therapeutic approach
Retail Price $11.95 Reduced Price $8.50
First Strokes Cursive Kit - Retail $24.00 Reduced Price: $15.00
METHOD OF PAYMENT:
Personal check No. ____________ Facility check no:____________
Purchase order No. ____________
Credit card (Visa/Mastercard only)
(Credit card number: ________________________________________
Exp. Date _____)
Registration by mail: Send to: Workshop Coordinator, First Strokes Workshops
1506 Capital Ave, Ste. 150 Plano, Texas 75074
Registration by phone : Call 972 814-1296 M,T,W, or Th (Ask for Tammy)
credit card only
Registration by fax: (purchase order/credit cards only) send to: 214 291 - 5435
Registration ONLINE: www.FirstStrokesHandwriting.com (this is an easy process!)
Summary of Fees: If you have any
Day 1: ________________ questions, please call
Tammy, our workshop
Day 2: ________________
(if applicable) coordinator,
at 972 814-1296
Optional Products: __________
TOTAL PAYMENT DUE: ______________
If registering as a group, please list names of attendees:
Optional Day 2:
LATE REGISTRATION OFTEN AVAILABLE. Call or reg. online.