Reconnect Webinars

A Cracked Foundation:

How Virtual Parenting is Destroying Children

The Goal

A Cracked Foundation profiles how attachment formation is an underlying causal factor for the recent rise in child mental illness and addiction, and offers education and health professionals much needed information on how to address and promote healthy attachment formation in children and parents.

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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As parents connect more and more to technology, they are disconnecting from their children at a rapid pace. The result is an unprecedented escalation of attachment disorders, posing new and challenging behaviors for teachers and therapists. Disconnection from self, others, nature and spirit is resulting in child mental health and behavior disorders that are readily being diagnosed and medicated. As attachment disorders are the underlying causal factor for addictions, and child technology use patterns follow that of their parent, many of today’s “detached” families also have complex addictions that the education and health systems are only beginning to detect, much less understand.

Attachment and Addictions

As one in six children are currently diagnosed with a mental illness, it is imperative for all people who work with children to understand healthy attachment formation, so they will be prepared to provide children with the critical elements they need to grow and succeed. Fragmented, frazzled and far too busy, 21st century families are struggling to survive, leaving behind in their wake children who are unable to self-regulate, pay attention and learn. As the dining room table is increasingly replaced by the big screen, and family conversation becomes non-existent, the foundations for child development are finally beginning to crack.

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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A Cracked Foundation

How virtual parenting is destroying children.