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The Developing Child - Activities to optimize growth and learning

children playingA housing complex in Gibsons, BC recently passed a bylaw that prohibits children from playing on the surrounding grass and walkways without adult supervision. Teacher job action in Kelowna schools has eliminated recess and access to playgrounds. Parents increasingly keep children indoors, limiting access to nature and healthy outdoor rough and tumble play. In order to better understand the long term effects of these decisions...


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Cris Rowan is pleased to announce the certification of three new dynamic Foundation Series Workshops Instructors:


Sharon Arndt from Saskatchewan

 Mina Lee from Alberta

 Pam Becker from Manitoba


Cris in the News

What effect is technology having on children's lives?

CBC Radio One Rex Murphy's Cross Country Checkup interviews Cris Rowan on the impact of technology on the developing child.
Cris's interview starts at 59:16 min into show.

Kids and Technology - The Developmental Health Debate

By Stephanie Buck on August 10, 2011 for Mashable
Interviewer contrasts different view points of Cris Rowan, author of "Virtual Child - The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children" and Dr. Larry Rosen, author of "Rewired - Understanding the iGeneration and the way they learn".

Childrens' Technology Continous Use: Damaging Or Is It?

By Maddy Rowe for Online Social Media on August 10, 2011
For many parents, it has now become acceptable that for their children, the involvement in the use of technology is part of everyday life. But are the youth of today using these devices too much and are there any health related issues that as parents we should be aware of? 

Do parents need to prevent kids from overdosing on tech?

By Uttara Choudhury for Firstpost on August 20, 2011

Today's children live in a digital world and they sponge in hours of TV, YouTube, Internet, computers, video games and barely 38- 

minutes of old-fashioned reading. Impassioned pediatric occupational therapists warn that kids will not only pay a price for their digital lives on their report cards but will also suffer problems like anxiety, aggression and depression without sane limits to technology use.
Cris's 2011/12 Workshop Schedule

October 6/7, 2011
Parent/Professional workshops in Richmond, BC sponsored by Richmond Children First.
Contact: Helen Davidson, 604-241-4035,

October 12/13, 2011
Parent/Professional workshops in Maple Ridge, BC sponsored by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Contact: Marika Sandrelli, 604-467-3471,

October 15, 2011
Early Intervention workshop in Sechelt, BC sponsored by CCRR.
Contact: Hilary Griffiths, 604-885-5699,

October 21/22, 2011
Parent/Professional workshops in Ft. Nelson, BC.
Contact: Lorraine Gerwing, 250-774-3882,

November 26, 2011
Early Intervention workshop in Abbotsford, BC sponsored by CCRR.
Contact: Catherine Imbeault, 604-850-7934,

January 26/27, 2012
Parent/Early Intervention workshops in Salmon Arm, BC sponsored by Literacy Alliance.
Contact: Jennifer Findlay 250-833-1541

April 19/20, 2012
Parent/Professional workshops in Brandon, Manitoba sponsored by Brandon Regional Health Authority, Child and Adolescent Treatment Centre.
Contact: Jill Brown, 204-571-7267

May 7, 8 & 9, 2012
Foundation Series Comprehensive in Vancouver, BC
Download the registration form, or register online now.


The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?

By Marcia Angell for The New York Review of Books on June 23, 2011
Marcia Angell is a Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine. Her latest book is The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It.
Part 1 - Part 2

Studies Examine Autism's Link to Antidepressants, Other Factors

By Shirley S. Wane for The Wall Street Journal on July 5, 2011
A preliminary but provocative new study finds women who take antidepressants during pregnancy have a moderately higher risk of
having a child with autism, according to a paper published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

A Walk in the Woods - Evidence builds that time spent in the natural world benefits human health

By Anna Lena Phillips for American Scientist Aug-Sept 2001 Issue

The health effects of "forest bathing", or taking walks in the woods, are measured in several recent studies. Above, subjects in a study by Qing Li and his colleagues take a walk in a forest park in Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo, Japan, in September 2010. The sample size is small, but the results indicate that time spent in forests may have such salutary effects as lowered blood pressure and noradrenaline levels.  


Does Childhood Obesity Equal Medical Neglect?

By Vincent Iannelli, MD for Pediatrics on July 13, 2011
Article discusses role of family physician in reporting parents of children with obesity to child protection services. Why not
just help the family unplug the technology???


Making Play a Priority: Non-Profit Organization KaBOOM! Names Starkville Among 151 "Playful City USA" Communities

By E Harris for Starkville-Now on September 6, 2011
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is important to healthy brain development and allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Today's children spend less time playing outside than any previous generations.

Democracy Now - Dr. Gabor Mate' on the Stress-Disease Connection

Video interview of Gabor Mate by Amy Goodman speaking on the connect ion between stress and disease, and how early experience as a child can permanently alter behaviour, resulting in ADHD and addiction.

Evergreen - Funding for "Greening" Your School

In addition to funding, Evergreen also can provide training, design and maintenance advice, and a range of print and online resources to ensure project success. 

CBC Radio - The Current on July 21, 2011

1.6 million children in Canada are overweight or obese... a figure that has tripled in the last 25 years. Last week we heard about one proposal that advocated putting children into foster care in extreme situations.

When a child's obesity is life-threatening, we should intervene

By Andre Picard for the Globe and Mail on July 20, 2011
When Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity expert at Children's Hospital in Boston, wrote last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association that parents of some extremely obese children should lose custody in some cases, there was an outcry. 

Click here to view Cris Rowan's letter to the editor regarding above article. 

CBC Radio - Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and the Power of Movement

By Paul Kennedy for Ideas - Footprints on July 8, 2011
Excellent podcast interview including information from researchers, teachers, therapists and people with Autism on how to help children and adults who have difficulty processing sensory information.

Personal music players and hearing loss: Are we deaf to the risks?

By Kapil Khatter for Open Medicine, Vol 5, No 3, 2011
Research suggests that the ear bud generation might one day be the hearing loss generation. The European Union has taken action to reduce the risk; Health Canada should follow suit.

Wi-Fi In Schools

Parents sue Portland School Board over rights to not have Wi-Fi in their child's school.

Getting a read on Smart-Meters

September 2011 Focus Magazine
Read about concerns for BC Hydro's mandatory installation of residential Smart-Meters.


Alternatives to Biological Psychiatry: If we don't medicate, what do we do?

An incredible conference featuring child psychiatrists, psychologists, paediatricians, therapists sponsored by The International
Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry on Oct. 28, 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Children Under Siege by Joel Bakan

Joel Bakan takes up eight areas where corporations and their advertising departments are pushing developmentally inappropriate
and unhealthy goods on kids and lobbying for anti-child policies.  
Private Consultations

Cris Rowan is now offering private phone/Skype consultations as guidance for parents, educators, therapists, and government to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology. Give Cris a call and find out how your organization can work to enhance child development.

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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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Zone'in Resources  

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

By 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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Foundation Series Workshops

Workshops are offered in the following formats:

Buy individual recorded webinars for $99 each

or the first 6 in the series for $499!


You will have two weeks to download your file.  Once saved, you may watch at your leisure, alone or with your friends/colleagues.  Stop and start the recording to suit your schedule - watch as many times as you like! 

Foundation Series Workshops on DVDs


Instructor training for Foundation Series Workshops places pediatric occupational therapists on the cutting edge as experts in the field of technology's impact on child development.


Instructor Training in Vancouver, BC - May 10, 11, 2012

OT's can now take the three day Foundation Series Workshops recorded webinars, and then travel to Vancouver, BC, May 10 and 11, 2012 for the two day instructor training with Cris Rowan and become fully certified to deliver these ground breaking workshops in their own communities.


Innovative team-based approach to manage balance between activities children need to grow and succeed with technology use.

Cris Rowan is now offering private phone/Skype consultations.

Click here to learn more or sign up.
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