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Self-regulation - A growing concern in elementary settings

The ability of young children to control or regulate their energy states in order to pay attention and learn, is rapidly becoming a skill of the past. Many educators are reporting increasing incidence of child "dysregulation", or uncontrolled behaviors such as impulsivity, aggression, and tantrums, especially around times of transition from one task to the next. Children today don't appear to know how to cope with even minor stresses or slight changes in routine, and have frequent melt-downs or "I can't!" when asked to do a task they have never attempted before. In order to understand more about why dysregulated states seem to be on the rise, it's important to learn more about the development of self-regulation, and how to help a child who didn't get those critical factors they needed for self-regulation in early developmental years.

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Abnormal White Matter Integrity in Adolescents with Internet Addiction Disorder: A Tract-Based Spatial Statistics Study

By Fuchun Lin et al for PLOS One on January 10, 2012
Internet Addiction Disorder demonstrated widespread reductions of fractional anisotrophy in major white matter pathways and such abnormal white matter structure may be linked to some behavioral impairments.

Physical Activity and Performance at School
By Singh A, et al for Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2012; 166 (1), 49-55
Participation in physical activity is positively related to academic performance in children.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sensory modulation disorder: A comparison of behavior and physiology
By Miller LJ et al for Research in Developmental Disabilities, 2012; 33 (3), 804-818
Inattention was greater in ADHD than SMD, while SMD had more sensory issues, somatic complaints, anxiety/depression, and difficulty adapting than ADHD, as well as greater physiological/lelectrodermal reactivity to sensory stimuli than ADHD. Evidence suggests ADHD and SMD are distinct diagnoses.

Mom's love helps kids brains grow
CBC News on January 31, 2012
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers reported that some children had a hippocampus (known for learning and memory) almost 10% larger than their peers whose mothers didn't show as much care.

Study offers clue as to why alcohol is addictive
University of California in The Jerusalem Post on January 18, 2012
Finding marks first time specific endorphin release in response to alcohol consumption has been observed.

Frequent gamers have brain differences, study finds
By Steven Yang for LA Times on January 30, 2012
European scientists reported that 14 year-olds who were frequent video gamers had more gray matter in the rewards center of the brain than peers who didn't play video games as much - suggesting that gaming may be correlated to changes in the brain much as addictions are.

Want your kids to do better in school? Try exercise
By Genevra Pittman for the Vancouver Sun January 4, 2012
Children who get more exercise also tend to do better in school, whether the exercise comes as recess, physical-education classes or walking to school according to this international study.

Forget about weight, get on the move to save your life
By for the Globe and Mail January 12, 2012
Dr. Steven Blair was awarded a research prize for his research showing 30 minutes of physical activity per day can halve mortality rates. Dr. Blair reports we should focus on increased activity, not reduced obesity.

Medical report cards go to tenth graders
For CBC News on January 9, 2012
10 % of students last year had four or more risk factors for coronary heart disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or high body mass index.

Can you really be addicted to the internet?
Chinese scientists have observed differences in the brains of people who obsessively use the internet similar to those found in people who have substance addictions. Is this proof that the internet can be addictive?
By Polly Curtis for The Guardian on January 12, 2012

Do high tech toys really belong in school?
By Caroline Knorr for Family media management, consumerism, educational issues on January 10, 2012
Students are heading back to class with hundreds of dollars' worth of iPads, Nooks, and Kindle Fires tucked in their backpacks. Do these devices belong in school?
Video Clips

TED Talk with Dr. Dimitri Christakis on early child development and exposure to technology
Inspired by Aung San Suu Kyi's call to action, "If you're feeling helpless, help someone," Morley composed this song.

Play Again
An awesome documentary about the consequences of a childhood removed from nature.

Fine Motor Skills: Too important to overlook
Body, Mind and Child radio network audio clip interview with Dr. Christy Isbell.

Teen Cyberaddiction Recovery Center in Los Angeles, California 
Specializing in teen pornography addiction.

Cris's New Book
Virtual Child
Virtual Child - The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children.


Cris's 201-12 Workshop Schedule

March 3, 2012 - Surrey, BC
School District and Professional workshop sponsored by Learning Disabilities Association of BC
Contact: Tania Wittal 604-591-5156

March 24, 2012 - Glenn County, Calif
Glenn County School District Conference sponsored by Child Care Resource and Referral
Contact: Joie Owen 530-865-1118

March 31, 2012 - Abbotsford, BC
Early Intervention workshop sponsored by Child Care Resource and Referral
Contact: Catherine Imbeault 604-850-7934

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

Interested in bringing a workshop to your community? Contact us at Zone'in for more information 1-888-8zonein or


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.

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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.

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