Mixed Signals:

Connection to Technology is Disconnecting Child Development and Learning

30% of children entering the school systems are developmentally delayed, and 15% of elementary children have a diagnosed mental illness. As the “gap” widens, printing, reading and math literacy become unachievable for many children. Child behavior diagnoses escalate as child aggression creates significant classroom management issues. Why? Elementary aged children use an average 7.5 hours per day of entertainment technology, with over 75% of children having unrestricted technology in their bedrooms. Sedentary, isolated, overstimulated, sleep deprived, and often neglected, new millennium children struggle to pay attention and learn. 1 in 11 children are now addicted to video games, pornography, texting or social networking. Children with technology addictions are increasingly referred to pediatric teams to treat conditions associated with low tone, poor coordination, sensory or self dysregulation, or behaviour disorders. Often misdiagnosed, these children’s primary condition of technology addiction is not being recognized and treated. Schools are creating Virtual Classrooms, and homes are creating Virtual Families, further alienating children from essential human connection and attachment that is the basis for all learning. Children are our future, yet choices made today raise the question: are children no longer sustainable?

The Goal

Mixed Signals raises awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child development and academic performance, and provides assessment and intervention tools and techniques to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology use. Balanced Technology Management initiatives are provided for clinics, schools, homes and community settings to create ’sustainable’ futures for all children.

Learning Outcomes

Handouts

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.

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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.

The Child Development Series

Sensory Processing

Sensory
Processing

Harnessing Energy

Sensory tools and techniques for responsible learning.

Motor Development

Motor
Development

Back to Basics – Printing

The forgotten foundation for literacy.

Attachment and Addictions

Attachment and Addictions

A Cracked Foundation

How virtual parenting is destroying children.
Attention and Learning

Attention and
Learning

Why Can’t Children Sit Still

Using movement and nature to enhance attention and learning.

Successful
Schools

Diminishing Returns

Increasing profits in the classroom.

Technology
Balance

Mixed Signals

Connection to technology is disconnecting child development and learning.

Mixed Signals: Connection to Technology is Disconnecting Child Development and Learning

Overview

30% of children entering the school systems are developmentally delayed, and 15% of elementary children have a diagnosed mental illness. As the “gap” widens, printing, reading and math literacy become unachievable for many children. Child behavior diagnoses escalate as child aggression creates significant classroom management issues. Why? Elementary aged children use an average 7.5 hours per day of entertainment technology, with over 75% of children having unrestricted technology in their bedrooms. Sedentary, isolated, overstimulated, sleep deprived, and often neglected, new millennium children struggle to pay attention and learn. 1 in 11 children are now addicted to video games, pornography, texting or social networking. Children with technology addictions are increasingly referred to pediatric teams to treat conditions associated with low tone, poor coordination, sensory or self dysregulation, or behaviour disorders. Often misdiagnosed, these children’s primary condition of technology addiction is not being recognized and treated. Schools are creating Virtual Classrooms, and homes are creating Virtual Families, further alienating children from essential human connection and attachment that is the basis for all learning. Children are our future, yet choices made today raise the question: are children no longer sustainable?

Cost

CD-T – Technology Balance: Mixed Signals Connection to Technology is Disconnecting Child Development

Cost $99

Goal

Mixed Signals raises awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child development and academic performance, and provides assessment and intervention tools and techniques to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology use. Balanced Technology Management initiatives are provided for clinics, schools, homes and community settings to create ’sustainable’ futures for all children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Relate current technology research to child physical, mental, social and academic impairments.
  • Explore the effects of media violence and cyberbullying on child aggression behavior.
  • Recognize parent, teacher, therapist and physician trend to diagnose and drug child behavior.
  • Evaluate technology use parameters using the technology screen and professional guidelines.
  • Implement balanced technology management and apply clinic, school and home reduction strategies.

Handouts

Technology Usage Screen
10 Steps to Unplug Your Children
Technology Usage Guidelines
Parent Unplug’in Brochure

Evidence based – Research referenced – Strategy focused

Creator and Speaker

Webinar creator Cris Rowan is a well-known speaker and author to parents, teachers and clinicians throughout North America in the field of sensory integration, motor development, learning enhancement and the impact of technology on children’s neurological development. Cris has Bachelor of Science degrees in both Occupational Therapy and in Biology and is a SIPT certified Pediatric Sensory Specialist. Cris is CEO of Sunshine Coast Occupational Therapy Inc. and Zone’in Programs Inc. offering workshops/webinars, training, and consultation services to enhance child development, behavior and learning.  Cris is a prolific writer creating the Child Development Series Newsletter, Moving to Learn blog, Unplug – Don’t Drug peer reviewed publication, 10 Reasons to ban handheld devices in children under 12 viral Huffington Post article with 7.2 million “likes”, as well as her first book Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children. Cris is a member of the internationally renowned Institute for Digital Media and Child Development and the Children’s Screen Time Action Network – Screens in Schools Committee.

Cris Rowan

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.

Accessing Webinar Recordings

Each Child Development Webinar is 3 hours each, and is accessed via your computer or tablet. Package includes video and handouts.
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All prices are in Canadian funds.

Cost

CD-T – Technology Balance: Mixed Signals Connection to Technology is Disconnecting Child Development

Cost $99

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