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Child Addictions - What happens when they grow up?

baby at computerThe youngest child I've seen thus far with technology addiction was 3 years of age, although I've corresponded with parents who have concerns about children as young as age two. It appeared that this child had an invisible cord connecting him to the television, and he would rarely venture more than ten feet away from it at any time. Toilet training was an issue, and required a transportable gaming device. All family meals happened in front of the TV. Bedtime involved switching on the TV in the bedroom prior to this child leaving the family room. Community outings involved handing the child an iPod with movie cued up, and then quickly bundling the child into his car seat. Upon arrival at their destination, he was transferred back onto a TV. The Mom said she wasn't even sure the child knew that he was not in his home, so fixated was he on technology. The TV was required to be on at all times day and night, or the child wouldn't eat or sleep. He would immediately start to scream if the TV was turned off. Mom reported the child's body was in a constant state of rigid attention and fixation on the TV, and she was worried that her child would not be able to attend upcoming pre-school in the fall. Evidently the preschool allowed some 'educational' TV time, but there were also times when the TV was turned off and the children were expected to play. The Mom stated her children didn't know how to 'play'.

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Virtual Child: The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children

Virtual ChildBy Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist.

Virtual Child documents the impact technology has had on the developing child, and proposes tools and techniques to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology use.

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Closely Spaced Pregnancies Are Associated With Increased Odds of Autism in California Sibling Births

By Keely Cheslack-Postava et al in Pediatrics 2011;127;246-253 on January 10, 2011
Children born after shorter intervals between pregnancies are at increased risk of developing autism; the highest risk was associated with pregnancies spaced <1 year apart with a more than three times elevated odds of Autism.

Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment and Brain Volumes

Beng-Choon Ho et al in Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011;68(2):128-137
Viewed together with data from animal studies, our study suggests that antipsychotics have a subtle but measurable influence on brain tissue loss over time, suggesting the importance of careful risk-benefit review of dosage and duration of treatment as well as their off-label use (in children).

Problematic Video Game Use: Estimated Prevalence and Associations with Mental and Physical Health

By Rune Aune Mentzoni et al for Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking on February 22, 2011
Nationwide survey reports problematic use of video games was associated with lower scores on life satisfaction and with elevated levels of anxiety and depression.

National Survey: Pediatric Therapists Report Sensory Issues Commonly Mistaken for ADHD - Recommended Treatment is Therapy, Not Medication

By Pathways Awareness on Feb. 16, 2011
500 pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists reports that more than two-thirds had seen children with deficits processing and integrating sensory information who had been misidentified as having Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Excellent gamer, excellent driver? The impact of adolescents' video game playing on driving behavior: a two-wave panel study.

By Beullens K et al for on August 14, 2010
In line with cultivation theory and theory of planned behavior the results showed that (even after controlling for aggression and sensation seeking) video game playing during adolescence succeeded in predicting later risky driving behavior through adolescents' attitudes and intentions to exhibit this behavior in the future.
Cris Rowan in the News

Does Your Technology Control You?

By Dr. Paul Martiquet on February 1, 2011 for The Coast Reporter
Physician profiles CBC documentary "Are We Digital Dummies" with commentary on Cris Rowan's work and Zone'in Programs Inc.

Antipsychotic drugs could shrink patients' brains

By David Cyranoski for Nature News on February 7, 2011-02-25
According to the latest findings, the more antipsychotics patients receive, the more likely they are to have a decreased amount of grey matter in their brains.

Study: 25 percent of antidepressants prescribed for no legitimate reason

By Ethan A. Huff for Natural News on February 09, 2011
Researchers from the University of Manitoba (UM) in Canada recently found that more than a quarter of people who take antidepressant drugs like Prozac and Zoloft do not even have any of the conditions for which the drugs were approved.

Website - Pathways Awareness

Pathways Awareness is uniquely dedicated to increasing knowledge about the gift of early detection and the benefit of early therapy for infants and children with early delays.

Video - Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy

YouTube clip of interview with comedian Louis CK on how easy our lives are, but also how impatient and unhappy we have become.
Foundation Series Workshops

Winter Workshops

February 11, 2011 - Courtenay, BC
Sensory Integration Professional Workshop
Contact - Amy Rosborough, Wachiay Friendship Centre, 250-338-7793

February 12, 2011 - Duncan, BC
Technology Impact on the Developing Child Workshop
Contact - Delta McDonell and Shelly Rattink, Clements Centre Society, 250-746-4135

February 17, 2011 - Abbotsford, BC
Technology Impact on the Developing Child Parent Workshop
Contact - Rita Green,

February 18, 2011 - Abbotsford, BC
Sensory Integration and Fine Motor Development Teacher Workshops
Contact - Rita Green,

March 3, 2011 - Kelowna, BC
Technology Impact on the Developing Child Parent Workshop
Contact - Myrna Kamlakoff, CATCH Coalition, 250-769-3893

March 4, 2011 - Kelowna, BC
Attachment and Addiction Professional Workshop
Contact - Myrna Kamlakoff, CATCH Coalition, 250-769-3893

March 4, 2011 - Vernon, BC
Technology Impact on Developing Child Parent Workshop
Contact - Lynne Reside

March 5, 2011 - Vernon, BC
Early Intervention Professional Workshop
Contact - Lynne Reside

May 12, 13 & 14, 2011 - Vancouver, BC

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Balanced Technology Management Foundation Teams - Join Now!

Child now use 7.5 hours per day of technology, at great cost to their health and academic performance. One third of children enter school developmentally delayed, and one in four children are obese. Child aggression is causing significant behaviour challenges in schools and homes, as evidenced by soaring rates of child behaviour diagnosis and use of psychotropic medications. Sleep deprived, isolated and illiterate, the ways in which we raise and educate new millennium children are threatening their very sustainability.

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