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!


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


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

Who should attend?

Parents, 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.

How to register

Register for scheduled Foundation Series Workshops:

Sponsor a workshop

Sponsor a workshop in your own community and receive a free Zone’in, Move’in or Unplug’in program for school or home use. Contact Cris for the details!

Evidence based – Research referenced – Strategy focused