Reconnect Webinars

Back to Basics:

Printing – The Forgotten Foundation for Literacy

The Goal

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.

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Reconnect Webinars is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development approval #6106.

This webinar is offered at 3.5 CEUs at intermediate education level for OT service delivery, professional issues and foundational knowledge categories.

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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!
Motor Development

Learning Outcomes


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.

Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT

An outspoken critic on the impact of technology on human development, behavior, and productivity

Webinar creator Cris Rowan, is passionate about changing the ways in which humans use and interact with technology. Cris has developed a concept termed Balanced Technology Management (BTM) where humans strive to manage balance between healthy activity and technology.

She works globally and locally and has cross culture relevance from indigenous and developing communities. Cris is a visionary, who clearly sees that the ways in which humans are using technology are not sustainable, and the time to act is now. Activist, advocate, author, and prolific speaker, Cris helps people move from the virtual, back into the real world.

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Sensory tools and techniques for responsible learning.

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A Cracked Foundation

How virtual parenting is destroying children.


Mixed Signals

Connection to technology is disconnecting child development and learning.
Attention and Learning

Attention and

Why Can’t Children Sit Still

Using movement and nature to enhance attention and learning.


Diminishing Returns

Increasing profits in the classroom.
Motor Development


Back to Basics – Printing

The forgotten foundation for literacy.