Back to Basics: Printing Skills - The Forgotten Foundation of Literacy

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  Fine Motor Development Webinar

Back to Basics: Printing Skills - The Forgotten Foundation of Literacy
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Registration fee: $99
Group discount: 25%

Who should attend?

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


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!


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 form 
Foundation Scale for Grades K-6
Printing Basics Guide

Evidence based - Research referenced - Strategy focused

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer


Contact Information

  • Zone'in Programs Inc.

    6840 Seaview Road

    Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A4

    Phone: 1-888-896-6346
    Fax: 1-877-896-6346
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