For Parents — Disconnect to Reconnect

Impact of technology on child development, behavior, and learning.

Learn how to manage balance between technology and activities children need for growth and success.

Children use on average 7.5 hours per day of entertainment technologies, four times the amount recommended by pediatricians. TV, video games, internet, movies, cell phones and a variety of hand-held devices now occupy the majority of our child’s waking hours – but to what detriment? While technology offers obvious promise for children, perils associated with early use and overuse of screens are often ignored. Developmental delay, obesity, sleep deprivation, mental illness, aggression, defiance, social phobia, poor communication, attention deficit and learning disorders are all associated with technology overuse. The effect of chronic states of high adrenalin in a sedentary body, as well as the effect of prolonged use of wireless radiation, are only beginning to receive research attention, but could prove to have permanent life-threatening consequences to child health. 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 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?

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The Goal

Disconnect to Reconnect raises public awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child 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.

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 childcare providers. Reconnect Webinars are designed to be introductory level for students and parents, intermediate level for teachers, administrators and special education staff, and advanced for occupational and physical therapists and speech and language pathologists.

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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Harnessing Energy: Sensory Tools and Techniques for Responsible Learning

Overview

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.

Cost

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

Cost $99

Goal

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

Handouts

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.

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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.

Cost

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

Cost $99

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