Webinar – Motor Development

Back to Basics:  Printing – The Forgotten Foundation for Literacy


If a child can’t print, they are essentially illiterate.  Children who can’t remember how to make their letters and numbers, or who have poor letter recognition, are delayed in spelling, math, sentence composition, socials, and science. Visual memory attained during letter production impacts on visual recognition necessary for reading.  These often bright children are left behind with labels of ‘learning disabled’, when they really just need to learn to print.  Poor foundation skills at school entry, teachers spending 14 minutes per day average printing instruction, and non-standardized teaching and evaluation methods, all limit achievement of this integral skill.  If we’re still doing it, we’d better be teaching it!


CD-M – Motor Development: Back to Basics Printing Skills – The Forgotten Foundation of Literacy

Cost $99


Back to Basics raises awareness regarding increasing incidence of developmental delays, and the reasons why schools still need to teach printing.  Back to Basics offers parents, schools, government and university suggestions and initiatives on how to ease the job of printing and reading for all children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Relate current fine motor development and literacy research, to printing and reading problems
  • Evaluate developmental skill level, and apply early interventions for attaining foundation skills
  • Assess 13 specific areas of fine motor impairment, and apply developmentally relevant strategies
  • Apply the Move’in Program concepts, tools and techniques to improve printing and reading skill


Fine Motor Observations and Strategies
Foundation Scale for Grades K-6
Printing Basics Guide

Evidence based – Research referenced – Strategy focused

Creator and Speaker

Webinar creator Cris Rowan is a well-known speaker and author to parents, teachers and clinicians throughout North America in the field of sensory integration, motor development, learning enhancement and the impact of technology on children’s neurological development. Cris has Bachelor of Science degrees in both Occupational Therapy and in Biology and is a SIPT certified Pediatric Sensory Specialist. Cris is CEO of Sunshine Coast Occupational Therapy Inc. and Zone’in Programs Inc. offering workshops/webinars, training, and consultation services to enhance child development, behavior and learning.  Cris is a prolific writer creating the Child Development Series Newsletter, Moving to Learn blog, Unplug – Don’t Drug peer reviewed publication, 10 Reasons to ban handheld devices in children under 12 viral Huffington Post article with 7.2 million “likes”, as well as her first book Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children. Cris is a member of the internationally renowned Institute for Digital Media and Child Development and the Children’s Screen Time Action Network – Screens in Schools Committee.

Cris Rowan

Who should buy and watch Webinar?

Parents, teachers, administrators, special education staff, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, counsellors, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and child care providers.  Child Development Webinars are designed to be introductory level for therapists, intermediate for teachers and advanced for parents, child care workers and teaching assistants.

Accessing Webinar Recordings

Each Child Development Webinar is 3 hours each, and is accessed via your computer or tablet. Package includes video and handouts.
Once signed in, you can access your files at anytime, watch at your leisure, alone or with your friends/colleagues, or show them at a Pro-D!.
Stop and start the recording to suit your schedule – watch as many times as you like!
Buy one or buy all six in the Child Development Series.
All prices are in Canadian funds.


CD-M – Motor Development: Back to Basics Printing Skills – The Forgotten Foundation of Literacy

Cost $99

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