Connection to Technology is Disconnecting Child Development and Learning
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.
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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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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?
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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.
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