What is it about?

This study looked at use of Printing Like a Pro! ( a free easily accessible printing program) in a printing club. Printing Like a Pro! focuses on use of a cognitive (rather that multi-sensory) approach to teaching and practicing printing. Cognitive strategies such as "self talk" to guide direction of letter strokes and "self-evaluation" of best formed letters are taught and encouraged. We found preliminary evidence of effectiveness of use of this printing program twice a week over 24 sessions. The students who had the lowest scores improved the most. It can be accessed from the link below: http://www.childdevelopment.ca/SchoolAgeTherapy/SchoolAgeTherapyClassResources.aspx

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Why is it important?

Handwriting ( manuscript printing) intervention is important as a significant number of students have challenges learning to print. These challenges can cause frustration, affect learning and success in school. Printing challenges can be easy to remediate with use of programs such as Printing Like a Pro! There is some evidence to show that learning to print can also set the brain up for learning to read. This program can be used by teachers and parents as well as occupational therapists.


This is the first publication on use of Printing Like a Pro! with children. There is scarce literature reviewing use of a cognitive approach and thus this study adds to the research base.

Ivonne Montgomery
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

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This page is a summary of: Use of Printing like a Pro! in a School-Based Printing Club to Improve Handwriting Legibility in Primary Grade Students, Journal of Occupational Therapy Schools & Early Intervention, April 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/19411243.2019.1604289.
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