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Call-to-Action: Working to Improve Motor Skill Development of Children in Grey Bruce

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Call-to-Action: Working to Improve Motor Skill Development of Children in
Grey Bruce

Community action is needed to support all children to learn the basic motor skills necessary for school readiness. Measures of developmental health show children in Grey Bruce are vulnerable in areas of physical health and well-being, including fine and gross motor skills. Vulnerable means children are at risk of encountering difficulties in school and beyond.

The Call-to-Action identifies key factors contributing to motor skill development and offers strategies for community action in various sectors. Approaches include:

  • Involving Caregivers and Families
  • Facilitating Connection and Collaboration
  • Training Service Providers
  • Supporting Inclusion for All Children
  • Incorporating Play Through Daily Activities
  • Environments for Play
  • Continued Monitoring and Evaluation

“We all have a role to play in supporting young children on the path for learning.” says Leanne Hopkins, Manager, Child & Family Services, Community Living Owen Sound & District. “Parents, educators, service providers, health care practitioners, recreation leaders and neighbourhoods can work together to provide the opportunities that children need to play and actively develop fine and gross motor skills.”

For more information, please visit the Grey Bruce Health Unit Motor Skill Development website


Attachments (See Below):

  • Summary of Call-to-Action Paper
  • Photo Call-to-Action Community Partners – Left to Right: Leanne Hopkins, Community Living Owen Sound and District; Stephanie Sollazzo, Connect Rehabilitation; Alanna Leffley, GBHU; Lisa Alguire, GBHU; Tammy Cruickshank, Early Years Literacy Facilitator, Grey County; Laura Needham, GBHU; Emily Powel, GBHU


For more information:
Lisa Alguire, Public Health Nurse
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext.1437

Leanne Hopkins, Manager, Child & Family Services
Community Living Owen Sound & District
519-370-0866 ext. 102

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