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Supporting Motor Development for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Supporting Motor Development for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Presented by Dr. Steve Sanders, Assistant Chair, College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida
Sponsored by Gryphon House


You don’t have to be a star athlete to help children develop a foundation of lifelong physical skills. Whether you are a teacher, a home based caregiver, or a parent, by helping young children discover their capabilities and reach their potential through physical activity, you are serving as their guide on a remarkable journey. Over the next several years children in your care will develop and refine a variety of motor skills that they will use throughout life to be physically active and remain healthy. You might be thinking, “I am not very physically skilled. Will I be able to teach a child how to jump, balance, throw, catch, or kick a ball?” The answer is that you do not have to be skilled to help children develop a foundation of physical skills, all you have to do is participate in the adventure.

In this recorded webinar, Dr. Steve Sanders discussed how parents and caregivers can create an environment and provide developmentally appropriate motor skill instruction. Activities are simple and straightforward and do not require you to be a professional athlete or a trained physical education teacher. You can help children develop motor skills! The adventure will be fun and exciting for you and the children in your care.

Learning objectives for the webinar include:

  • Gaining insight into the importance of physical activity for infants, toddlers, and preschool children
The role of nutritional awareness in motor development
  • Understanding how to create a physical activity environment
  • Learning strategies for assisting children in development of a foundation of basic motor skills

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Steve SandersSteve Sanders is a Professor and Assistant Chair in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida. His professional focus has been on preparing the next generation of teachers to assist children in becoming physically active and healthy for a lifetime. As a university professor and early childhood consultant, he specializes in development of curriculum, assessment, and instructional strategies for promoting early childhood physical activity.

Dr. Sanders is the recipient of the Margie Hanson National Association for Sport and Physical Education Distinguished Service Award and is author of the Books “Designing Preschool Movement Programs” (1992), and “Active for Life: Developmentally Appropriate Movement Programs for Young Children” (2002), along with numerous scholarly papers and other publications. Recent books include two edited books for teacher preparation “Contemporary Uses of Technology in k-12 Physical Education” (2012) and “Sociocultural Issues in Physical Education: Case Studies for Teachers” (2014). He is the author of the new Gryphon House book series Moving Matters including the books “Encouraging Physical Activity in Preschoolers,” “Encouraging Physical Activity in Toddlers,” and “Encouraging Physical Activity in Infants.”


A CE certificate will be emailed to live attendees within 24 hours of the live event.
If you miss the live session, a link to view the recording will be sent within 24 hours of the live event.




Gryphon House, Inc. is an award-winning publisher of early childhood resources for teachers and parents.




Tuesday, January 26, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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