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Movement - The foundation for learning


In order to achieve optimal physical and mental development, children need to move. Yet as adults have become more and more sedentary with their technologies, so have children. 21st century advanced society has one in three children entering school developmentally delayed, one in four obese, and one in six with a diagnosed mental illness - many on dangerous, unproven, psychotropic medication. As children get sicker and sicker, technology usage rates continue to escalate unchecked, both in home, clinic and school settings. Without any research evidence, British Columbia's Ministry of Education is offering students as young as kindergarten, the choice for online learning. What happens when movement, touch, and human interaction, three critical factors for child development, are removed from the learning environment?  

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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 now 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. 


Movement, Attention, and Learning

Here is a 10-minute excerpt of Cris's workshop for FASD Outreach on how movement improves attention and learning. Click title to view. 


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 


Sook-Jung Lee and Young-Gil Chae. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking April 19, 2012.

Children's online participation was associated with increased exposure to online risks. The association was moderated by Internet skills and parental restrictive mediation 

James, K. et. Al for Comprehensive Psychiatry 52 (2011) 715-724.  The first subtype is characterized by sensory seeking/craving, hyperactive, impulsive, externalizing (eg, delinquent, aggressive), unsocial, inadaptive, and impaired cognitive/social behavior. The second subtype is characterized by movement sensitivity, emotionally withdrawal, and low energy/weak behaviour.  

Jamie is 13 and hasn't even kissed a girl. But he is now on the Sex Offender Register

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. 

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Study: Pornography linked to mental illness in children

April 25th, 2012 by Ella Desrosiers for Imperfect Parent

A Parliamentary report led by Tory MP Claire Perry has called for a web porn ban on all computers - unless adults "opt in". The report found that up to 27 percent of boys access pornography weekly. 

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By Stephen Marche for The Atlantic on April 28, 2012 

Within this world of instant and absolute communication, unbounded by limits of time or space, we suffer from unprecedented alienation. We have never been more detached from one another, or lonelier. In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society. We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are.

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Survey links Facebook use to negative body image

By Susan Cowden, MS on April 10, 2012 for Eating Disorders

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.   
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By Amy Harmon for The New York Times on April 7, 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.

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Video Clips

Video Game Addiction is a growing problem around the world. It was a problem for me when I played 40-50 hours a week for nearly 10 years. Here is a trailer to my story. - Andrew Doan, MD, PhD


Great resource for health professionals containing parent information on autism.

Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Children

by Sally Goddard Blythe

This revised and expanded edition of a long established INPP training manual that has been consistently proven in practice. The package includes tests for children, a developmental movement programme, and online access to INPP video training materials.


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.
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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Zone'in Programs Inc. and Cris Rowan are seeking your support and assistance to ensure sustainable and productive futures for our children. Find out more about how you can help us!

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.

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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Cris Rowan
Cris Rowan is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, author, speaker and champion of easing the job of learning for all children.

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