For Clinicians — Screening for Screens

Routine technology screening assessments can improve child and youth mental and physical health.

The Goal

Screening for Screens raises clinician awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child and teen development, behavior and learning, and provides initiatives for homes, schools, and communities to manage balance between technology use and healthy activities, and work toward creating ’sustainable’ children and teens.

Developmental delay, obesity, sleep deprivation, mental illness, aggression, defiance, social phobia, poor communication, attention deficit and learning difficulties are all associated with screen overuse yet are often misdiagnosed by clinicians as physical and mental illness. Research clearly documents correlation between screen overuse with physical, mental, social and learning impairments yet clinicians rarely assess for nor recommend screen reduction initiatives. Children and youth with screen overuse and addictions are being diagnosed and often medicated by clinicians for problematic behaviors and mental illnesses that have their origins in childhood trauma, abuse and neglect. The child is never the problem but rather are the health, education and social systems which surround the child. Social media and video game overuse has resulted in brain changes contributing to rising rates of cyberbullying, violence, polarity, extremism and racism, yet clinicians rarely connect these dots. Screen centric homes, schools, clinics and communities require clinicians with a unified, trauma informed approach to begin the long journey back from screens toward engagement in healthy activities. 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 optimizing child development, behavior and learning. Children are our future, yet choices made today raise the question: are the ways in which we are raising and educating our children with technology no longer sustainable?


Learning Outcomes


Who should buy and watch Webinar?

Principals, teachers, administrators, special education teachers, counsellors, school psychologists, social workers and clinicians (includes pediatric occupational and physical therapists and speech and language pathologists).  Reconnect Webinars are designed to be introductory level for principals, teachers and administrators, intermediate for counsellors, school psychologists and social workers and advanced for clinicians.

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.

Check out our free Technology Management webinar for teens

Become a certified Screenbuster!

Finding the balance between virtual and real.

Harnessing Energy: Sensory Tools and Techniques for Responsible Learning


Harnessing Energy raises awareness regarding the reasons why Today’s Children are unable to pay attention and learn.  For learning to take place, children are required to process and integrate incoming sensory information from their environment.  This sensation is in the form of energy, and energy from the environment “primes” the body for leaning.  Children who overuse technology, experience body energy that is either charged or zoned out, limiting learning.  Teachers, parents and therapists will experience use of sensory tools and techniques to enable children to self regulate their energy bodies, to enhance attention and improve learning skill.


CD-Se -Sensory Processing: Harnessing Energy Sensory Tools and Techniques for Responsible Learning

Cost $99


Harnessing Energy profiles the Zone’in Concept to improve self-responsibility, and offers information regarding sensory integration, tools and techniques to enhance sensory processing, attention and learning ability. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify critical factors for healthy development, and strategies to promote achievement of foundation skills
  • Evaluate sensory processing in children, and apply relevant sensory interventions
  • Relate current technology research to child development, and initiate technology reduction strategies
  • Apply the Zone’in Program concepts, tools and techniques to Harness Energy and get Zone’in to Learn


Sensory Observations and Strategies
Zone’in Recommended Tools and Techniques

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.
Once signed in, you can access your files at anytime, watch at your leisure, alone or with your friends/colleagues, or show them at a Pro-D!.
Stop and start the webinar to suit your schedule – watch as many times as you like!
Buy one or buy all six in the Child Development Series.
All prices are in Canadian funds.


CD-Se – Sensory Processing: Harnessing Energy Sensory Tools and Techniques for Responsible Learning

Cost $99

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