Reconnect Webinars

Why Can’t Children Sit Still?

Science of Movement and Nature to Enhance Performance

The Goal

Why Can’t Children Sit Still raises awareness about the importance of movement, play, and nature in the everyday lives of our children and home and school, and how sensory and motor components found in movement, play, and nature actually promote not only physical and mental health, but also attention and learning ability in 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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Critical factors for enhancing child development and learning are movement, play and nature, yet children everywhere continue to escalate use of sedentary, indoor technologies. Attention restorative environments such as “green space” have been shown to significantly reduce adhd symptoms, and movement and play shown to improve mental and physical health and grades. Yet school and community lack of funds, and fear of litigation, have dramatically changed how children access outdoor movement and play. Resources that used to go toward school playgrounds are now diverted toward technology, and recess is now comprised of texting, video games, facebook and porn. Restricting child movement, play, and nature, while escalating use of unrestricted technology, has resulted in classroom chaos, and children who can no longer pay attention and learn.
Attention and Learning

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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Why Can’t Children Sit Still

Using movement and nature to enhance attention and learning.