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Imagination - What is the impact of early technology exposure on creativity?

What would happen if you woke up one morning, and it was all gone...cell phone, computer, iPad, TV. A big earthquake wiped out all power, or a hacker managed to destroy all connectivity. Can you imagine life without technology? How would you do your work, how would you parent your children, how would you relate to your partner? What would you think about, and what would you do to fill the endless hours previously spent with devices? Quite suddenly you would be faced with having to think. You would be forced to restructure how you manage your workplace, your home, and how you relate to your colleagues, children and partner. Every day, you would need to conjure imagination and creativity to plan for the 10-12 hours that was previously filled with technology. Could you do it?  


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Cris's Upcoming Workshops


One in three children enter school developmentally delayed, one on four are obese, and one on six have a diagnosed mental illness. With child technology usage averaging 7.5 hours per day, child sustainability is now in question. Foundation Series Workshops offer researched referenced solutions to achieve sustainability for all children. 


April 21 & 22, 2012 - Edmonton, Alberta

First two days of Foundation Series Comprehensive sponsored by Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists
Contact: Robin Telasky - 780-238-9111 |

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May 7, 8 & 9, 2012 - Vancouver, BC

Foundation Series Comprehensive
Contact: Cris Rowan 604-885-0986

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May 10 & 11, 2012 - Vancouver, BC

Foundation Series Comprehensive Instructor Training and Certification
Contact: Cris Rowan - 604-885-0986 |

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May 31, 2012 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mixed Signals - The impact of technology on the developing child

Contact: Pam Becker - 204-797-2660 |

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June 1, 2012 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Morning: Mixed Signals - The impact of technology on the developing child

Afternoon: Why Can't Children Sit Still: The impact of movement on attention and learning

Contact: Sharon Arndt - 306-227-4745 |

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Interested in bringing a workshop to your community? Contact us at Zone'in for more information: 1-888-8ZONEIN (896-6346) or 


Rehbein F et al for Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 2010, 13 (3), 269-277.

Study concluded that if the internet is used excessively to cope with negative affect states and alternative means of coping are diminished, a vicious cycle may ensue with increasing stress and reliance on the reinforcing properties of certain online activities that may finally lead to addictive behavior.


Kevin Durkin for the Review of General Psychology 2010, 14(2), 122-140.
Reviews the current state of knowledge about the place of videogames in the lives of children with developmental disorders, and identifies the many gaps that call for future research.
Leonard F. Koziol et al for Cerebellum 2012, DOI 10.1007/s12311-011-0288-8.  

Article examines the symptoms of SID/SPD/SMD within an interactive brain model in relation to their impact upon the development of inhibitory control, working memory, academic skill development, and behavioral automation.


Maria Efstratopoulou et al for Research in Developmental Disabilities 2012 (33), 196-204. 

Motor Behavior Checklist for children may be effective in discriminating children with similar disruptive behaviors (e.g., ADHD, CD) and autistic disorders, based on their motor behavior characteristics, but not children with Learning Disabilities (LD), when used by physical education teachers in school settings.


Lars Klintwall for Research in Developmental Disabilities 2011 (32), 795-800.

The findings provide support for the notion that sensory abnormality is very common in young children with autism. This symptom has been proposed for inclusion among the diagnostic criteria for ASD in the upcoming DSM-V.


Jennifer H. Foss-Feig et al for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 2012, (6), 337-344.  

Differences in response to tactile stimuli are prevalent in ASD, and tactile contact early in infancy is a foundation for the development of social and communication skills affected by ASD. While tactile hypo-responsiveness correlates strongly with increased social and communication impairments, and to a lesser degree, repetitive behaviors, researchers found that tactile hyper-responsiveness did not significantly correlate with any core features of ASD. 


Internet addiction linked to drug abuse

By Karin Halperin for ABC News on March 9, 2012

Teenagers with "pathologic" Internet use were more likely to admit to drug abuse, and as excessive Internet use increased, so did the likelihood of substance abuse.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Hold ADHD Consensus Conference in 2013: A follow-up to 1998 Conference  

Sign the petition for ADHD to be revisited to determine validity of disorder, to examine the long-term efficacy and safety of medications, to review alternative factors that contribute to ADHD behaviors, review non-medication approaches that are safe and effective, and discuss whether ADHD should remain under OHI of IDEA in educational system.

Blog update on neuroscience of addiction. 
Sex and Dating: Porn Stars Have Entered Your Bedroom
By Tamara Kagel for Huffington Post on February 27, 2012
An entire generation of men has spent the last ten to fifteen years watching porn in quantities unimaginable to previous generations and the consequence is that they have unconsciously been asking you to have sex like a porn star

By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, for Health News Digest on Mar 18, 2012

"Facebooking" and "YouTubing" are no longer just a "cute" thing kids do for fun to pass the time. Not understanding the risks associated with the many social media outlets poses a huge potential problem to the safety and well-being of our children.


By Caroline Knorr for Family Media Management on April 3, 2012

The first step is taking stock of the stuff your kid is watching, playing, and downloading. We'll help you figure out what to keep (the good stuff), what to toss (the not-so-good stuff), and what you, as a parent, can "give away" (support strategies for every age).


By Harry Houghton for Scholastic Math Intervention on Aug 30, 2011

Parents can help their children become more successful math students by encouraging them to be active during out-of-school time, as studies show physical activity improves academic performance due to the effect it has on the brain.


By Toxic Psychiatry: News and Resources

Doctors are calling for a rethink of the use of sleeping pills after a large study showed that the drugs carry a substantially increased risk of death for those who are prescribed them. 

Video Clips

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.


Hokki Stool
Get that vestibular system stimulated, and children attending and learning, with this great stool which allows students to "rock and roll"!
Canadian contact: Andrew Lowes

Habitat Systems - Park, Playground and Landscape Solutions
Want to improve academic performance and behavior? Check it out!

Southpaw Newsletter
Great vestibular devices to improve core strength, motor coordination and enhance attention and learning.

Empathic Therapy Conference
April 13-15, 2012 Syracuse, NY
Mental health help for teens
Cris's New Book
Virtual Child
Virtual Child - The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children.



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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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.

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