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The Learning Quotient -
Ten Step Plan for Enhance Learning Ability in the Elementary Classroom

Without evidence-based research, schools across North America are escalating use of technology as a learning tool, even as young as kindergarten. Teachers have now replaced "The Basics" with devices, leaving children without the ability to print. Illiterate and attention deficit, is the ways in which we are educating our children with technology sustainable?

This ten step plan was designed by pediatric occupational therapist Cris Rowan for elementary school environments to enhance student attention and ability to learn.
Click here for the ten step plan.

Cris in the News

BAM Radio Network - October 28, 2011

Listen to Rae Pica, Host of "Body, Mind and Child," for the BAM Radio Network interview Cris Rowan, Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Jacqui Murray, Technology Teacher on Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 6 am PST on the TOPIC: When Should Keyboarding Be Taught?
Cris's 2011-12 Workshop Schedule

November 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Parent workshop on the impact of technology on children sponsored by Sunshine Coast parents, at Shirley Macy Park, Gibsons BC
Contact: Dawn Quast, 604-886-7179

November 4, 2011 at 1:00
Professional workshop sponsored by Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at the Vancouver Airport Marriott in Richmond, BC
Contact: Stacey Wakabayashi 250-564-6574 loc 2019,

November 23/30, 2011

Professional workshop in Richmond, BC for the BC Nursing Education Conference
Contact: Marlene Hoover, 604-666-5961,

November 23/24, 2011
Parent/Professional workshops in Maple Ridge, BC sponsored by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services
Contact: Marika Sandrelli, 604-467-3471,

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.


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

Mentzoni, RA et al for Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. October 2011, 14(10): 591-596

Problematic use of video games was associated with lower scores on life satisfaction and with elevated levels of anxiety and depression.


Systematic review of sedentary behaviour and health indicators in school-aged children and youth

By Mark S Tremblay et al for International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011, 8:98

There is a large body of evidence from all study designs which suggests that decreasing any type of sedentary time is associated with lower health risk in youth aged 5-17 years. In particular, the evidence suggests that daily TV viewing in excess of 2 hours is associated with reduced physical and psychosocial health, and that lowering sedentary time leads to reductions in BMI.


Out of time: a possible link between mirror neurons, autism and electromagnetic radiation

Psychology Department, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales, UK.;67(2):378-82. Epub 2006 Mar 10

Time-varying electromagnetic waves have the potential to temporally modulate the nervous system, particularly when populations of neurons are required to act together. The most likely source of temporal noise in the environment is artificially generated electromagnetic radiation.


Communication Patterns and Satisfaction Levels in Three-Dimensional Versus Real-Life Relationships

Gilbert, RL et al for Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking October 2011, 14(10): 585-589

Participants indicated that the quality of their communication was significantly better in their Second-Life relationship and that they experienced higher levels of satisfaction with their virtual partners than with their real-life partners.  


A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute
The chief technology officer of eBay, as well as employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard send their children to schools who don't use computers...not a screen to be found. Computers are not allowed in the classroom, and the school even frowns on their use at home.

Babies and toddlers should learn from play, not screens
American Academy of Pediatrics issues warning to parents to prohibit use of screen-time with children ages 0 - 2 years of age.

Health Canada issues warning to curtail cell phone use with children
Health Canada encourages parents to take measures to reduce their children's RF exposure from cell phones since children are typically more sensitive to a variety of environmental agents.

Autism and Electromagnetic Waves
By Johanna Karpasea-Jones for Autism/Aspergers Suite 101 on Oct. 8, 2011
How TV's, computers, cell phones and electromagnet technology may be altering children's brains and  contributing to autism.

The Visionary
By Jennifer Kahn for the New Yorker on July 11, 2011

TED Talks - Ben Goldacre Battling Bad Science
Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us the ways evidence can be distorted e.g. half of the negative results on antidepressant trials are withheld by the pharmaceutical industry.

TED Talks - Iain McGilchrist and the divided brain
Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist describes the real differences between the left and right halves of the human brain. It's not simply "emotion on the right, reason on the left," but something far more complex and interesting.  

Manitoba judge says teen killer's exposure to Prozac factor in the death
By Staff Writer for the Winnipeg Free Press on Sept. 16, 2011
A Manitoba judge says a Winnipeg teen was driven to fatally stab another teen due to the adverse effects of an anti-depressant drug.

Zoloft Birth Defects
Researchers have linked SSRI drugs like Zoloft to serious birth defects like skull deformities, defects of the brain, spine, heart, lungs, abdomen, and facial cleft deformities by up to 600%.

Studies Examine Autism's Link to Antidepressants, Other Factors
By Shirley S. Wang 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. Another study, published in the same issue of the journal and examining autism in pairs of identical and fraternal twins, finds that environmental factors play a greater role than previously believed in the development of autism, underscoring the need to understand nongenetic causes of autism.

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Attachment, Assessment and Treatment - The DMM Approach
International Association for the Study of Attachment - Frankfurt Germany Sept 14-16, 2012

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


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.

Keep reading here.
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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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