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Digital Technology Workshop Material

November 3, 2017  |   Workshop News

We are excited for our workshops taking place on Monday, Nov. 6.

If you are attending either the day time or evening workshops, you’ll need to download, review and print the documents for your workshop. Please bring your printed copies to the workshop you are attending.

Daytime Workshop Material (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – Disconnect to Reconnect: The impact of technology on healthy child development workshop:

Evening Workshop Material (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) – Technology and Activity: What’s the right balance for your kids?

If you have any questions, please contact monique@allowaytherapy.com.

Kids and Digital Technology – Myth and Fact #2 – with Cris Rowan


Human Productivity
MYTH
The Internet makes us more efficient and productive.
FACT
While originally designed to improve efficiency and productivity, adults are working 70% more, but are 40% less productive. Being “on 24/7″ is taking its toll on human productivity.
VIDEO
Watch this short five minute documentary trailer, “No Time to Think” that explores our obsessions with devices, and asks the question “Do we really need them?”

No Time to Think from Brian Huston on Vimeo.

On Monday, Nov. 6, Alloway Therapy will host two workshops with Cris Rowan in Winnipeg. Learn more or register:

  1. A workshop for health care professionals and educators (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Disconnect to Reconnect: The impact of technology on healthy child development.
  2. A workshop for parents and caregivers (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.): Technology and Activity: What’s the right balance for your kids?

PRESENTER: CRIS ROWAN

Cris Rowan is known around the world as an expert, speaker, author, and specialist on the impact of technology on children’s neurological development, behavior, and ability to pay attention and learn.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Digital Dementia – Guidelines for educators regarding technology use in school setting


Children and teens who overuse technology are experiencing memory loss, distractibility, and difficulty concentrating. This is termed as Digital Dementia.

One in ten children and youth have been diagnosed with ADHD; these children can’t pay attention and cannot learn (Center for Disease Control 2015).

Click here to read Cris Rowan’s full article about digital dementia and guidelines for educators.

To learn more about managing balance between children and technology, join Cris Rowan in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 6 for  two workshops:

  1. A workshop for health care professionals and educators (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Disconnect to Reconnect: The impact of technology on healthy child development.
  2. A workshop for parents and caregivers (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.): Technology and Activity: What’s the right balance for your kids?

 

Kids and Digital Technology – Myth and Fact #1 – with Cris Rowan

September 28, 2017  |   Articles,Family and Children Well Being

Hyperarousal and Physical Stress
MYTH
There’s nothing wrong with playing video games all day.
FACT
Being sedentary while playing video games, texting, or social networking, results in an overstimulation to the sympathetic nervous system causing hyperarousal, elevated adrenalin and eventual rise in cortisol, significantly increasing risk for early heart attack and stroke.
VIDEO
Watch a gaming addict’s blood pressure and heart rate be monitored for two minutes while gaming (4:30 minute mark) on the Jane Pauley Show with Dr. David Walsh.

CTV Winnipeg Interviews Cris Rowan in Advance of Winnipeg Workshops


Cris Rowan appeared on CTV Winnipeg with Maralee Curuso to discuss the impact of digital technology on children. Check out the interview here:

On Monday, Nov. 6, Alloway Therapy will host two workshops with Cris Rowan in Winnipeg:

  1. A workshop for health care professionals and educators (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Disconnect to Reconnect: The impact of technology on healthy child development.
  2. A workshop for parents and caregivers (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.): Technology and Activity: What’s the right balance for your kids?

PRESENTER: CRIS ROWAN

Cris Rowan is known around the world as an expert, speaker, author, and specialist on the impact of technology on children’s neurological development, behavior, and ability to pay attention and learn.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Cris Rowan, renowned expert on children’s technology use, to hold two workshops in Winnipeg on Monday, Nov. 6

September 20, 2017  |   Articles,Workshop News

Media Release

For immediate release: Sept. 13, 2017

Winnipeg, MB – Sept. 13, 2017 – Alloway Therapy will present two workshops with Cris Rowan on Monday, Nov. 6 in Winnipeg. Rowan is a renowned pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, certified sensory specialist, international speaker, and author of the book “Virtual Child.”

Rowan will highlight the impact of technology use on a child’s physical, psychological and behavioural health. She’ll help attendees understand research and guidelines, identify critical factors to optimize a child’s development, behaviour and learning, and how to implement “Balanced Technology Management” strategies as a parent, educator, and health care professional.

“This is a rare opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills to curb the negative effects of digital devices on children,” says Monique Gougeon of Alloway Therapy. “Cris has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 30 years, and has researched and found proof of the negative impact of technology on children.”

“The biggest misconception about digital devices is that they are safe and harmless for children,” says Cris Rowan. “The one thing that can help you change the negative impact is to understand the research. Once you know the facts, you’ll make better decisions to ensure a child’s positive growth and success.”

On Monday, Nov. 6, Alloway Therapy will host two workshops with Cris Rowan in Winnipeg:

  1. A workshop for health care professionals and educators (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Disconnect to Reconnect: The impact of technology on healthy child development.
  2. A workshop for parents and caregivers (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.): Technology and Activity: What’s the right balance for your kids?

Alloway Therapy Services is a multi-disciplinary therapeutic team of certified child-play therapists drawn from the fields of social work and educational psychology. They specialize in the assessment and treatment of developmental trauma and attachment difficulties. For more information, visit allowaytherapy.com

Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT-certified, specializes in the impact of technology on children, and promotes a concept called “Balanced Technology Management” in which parents, health care professionals, and educators manage the balance between technology and healthy activity. She recently published the book “Virtual Child,” and was featured in CBC’s Doc Zone documentary, “Are We Digital Dummies?” For more information, visit zonein.ca.

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Interviews: Cris Rowan is available for in-person interviews on Monday, Nov. 6 before 8 a.m. She is also available in advance to do interviews by phone, Skype, or email. For more information, or to interview Cris Rowan, contact:

Cris Rowan
604-740-2264
crowan@zonein.ca

What’s the right balance between online and real-world activity for children?


Renowned expert on child development and technology to hold workshops in Winnipeg
The biggest misconception about digital devices is that they are safe and harmless for children, says Cris Rowan, a renowned pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, certified sensory specialist, international speaker, and author of “Virtual Child.”

Rowan will be holding two workshops on technology’s impact on children on Monday, Nov. 6 in Winnipeg sponsored by Alloway Therapy – one workshop for health care professionals and educators, and one for parents and caregivers.

Rowan says the use of digital devices is impacting children’s physical, psychological and behavioural health, and their ability to have positive personal and familial relationships.

She says the effects of prolonged digital-device use on children depends on three factors:

  1. Age of first use
  2. Duration
  3. Content

“Younger children have not met many of their developmental milestones, and their bodies and brains mature at a rapid pace, making them more vulnerable to the harmful effects of technology,” says Rowan. “Long durations of usage, and violent, fast-paced content, increase the harm.”

Rowan recommends these Technology Use Guidelines for children and youth, which she formulated in consultation with Dr. Andrew Doan (neuroscientist and author of Hooked on Games), Dr. Hilarie Cash (Director of reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program and author of Video Games and Your Kids), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Canadian Pediatric Society:

How do you make a difference in the impact of digital devices on children?

Rowan says the one thing that can help you change the negative impact of technology use is to simply read and understand the research. “Once you know the facts, you’ll make better decisions to ensure a child’s future growth and success.”

If you’re interested in learning more, Alloway Therapy will be hosting two workshops with Cris Rowan on Monday, Nov. 6:
  1. A workshop for health care professionals and educators (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Disconnect to Reconnect: The impact of technology on healthy child development.
  2. A workshop for parents and caregivers (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.): Technology and Activity: What’s the right balance for your kids?

During these workshops, you’ll:

  1. Explore technology usage stats and expert guidelines.
  2. Identify four critical factors for optimizing child development, behaviour, and learning.
  3. Evaluate research on the impact of technology on children in four domains: physical, social, mental, and cognitive.
  4. Learn how to implement balanced technology-management strategies as a parent, health care professional and educator – home, clinic, school and community environments.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity! To sign up, visit allowaytherapy.com.
About Cris Rowan

Cris Rowan has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 30 years. She specializes in the impact of technology on children, and promotes the “Balanced Technology Management” concept in which parents, health professionals, and educators manage balance between technology and healthy activity.

About 15 years ago, Rowan noticed a sharp rise in children with developmental delays and behaviour disorders. She started asking, “How much technology do you use?” and found that the children who had physical and mental health issues often were the same ones who used technology the most. Her research backed it up. Her goal is to get this research to parents, educators, and health professionals to ensure children have the best possible outcome in their lives.

Cris Rowan has earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and is a SIPT-certified sensory integration specialist. She is a member in good standing of the British Columbia College of Occupational Therapists, and an Approved Provider of Continuing Education with the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and Autism Community Training.

For more information on Cris, visit zonein.ca.

Winnipeg mom plans screen-free summer


She’s mad – and she’s not going to take it anymore.

Winnipeg mother Vanessa Macrae has moved the family’s TV into the basement and under a blanket in an effort to subdue her two-year-old son’s Netflix addiction, reports CBC (click here to read the article).

From the second we wake up, he wants it on. He wants to watch Netflix and we have to get ready, we have to go to daycare, and it’s a constant fight. So…I thought, ‘That’s it, it’s going in the basement.”

Sign Up for Our Disconnect to Reconnect Workshop

To what degree is dependence on electronic devices affecting your child’s health and development? How can you change your child’s path to a better, healthier future?

If you’re going to great lengths to find the balance between technology and activity in your family, we encourage you to register for our Disconnect to Reconnect workshop this fall.

Join Cris Rowan, creator and CEO of Zone’in Programs Inc., in a lively and engaging workshop where you’ll learn how to balance your child’s technology use with real-world activity:

Balanced Technology Management for Children and Youth: An evening workshop for parents.

We’re also holding a daytime workshop for professionals and therapists.

See you there!

Theraplay with Aboriginal Families

May 29, 2017  |   Articles

Patti Sutherland (MSW, RSE, CPT/S, CTT, COS) recently published an article in Playground – a Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT) magazine.

In the article, Patti discusses Theraplay – “providing a way to re-enter the beginning development of a child’s life in a respectful, playful and meaningful way.” She also takes an in-depth look at using Theraplay with Aboriginal families and the key culture points to take into consideration to make cross-cultural healing possible.

To read the full article, click here and see page 12.

“Acquiring Signal”: The Importance of Re-attunement in Relationships.

May 27, 2017  |   Articles,Workshop News

In fall 2016, Monique Gougeon and Patti Sutherland published an article in the magazine Child Care Bridges – a publication of The Manitoba Child Care Association – about “The Importance of Re-attunement in Relationships.”

In the article, they compare a car stereo system’s ability to navigate a glitch with a child’s ability to manage their stress. “In order to make sense of what is going on, particularly when under stress, a child’s system must first join with another system – their caregiver’s.”

Article excerpt: 

“Children require their caregiver to recognize, acknowledge and help them manage their internal and external experiences, which is referred to as Attunement and occurs when the caregiver perceives, makes sense and responds in a timely and effective manner to the actual moment-to-moment signals sent by a child.

“Children’s signals, or cues, may not be clear and may be indirect, confusing, misleading, and at times downright messy. Dismissing or ignoring these cues and miscues  often leads to emotional and behavioral problems that can have long-term consequences.

“As caregivers we are constantly in a state of “acquiring signal”. Following the more attuned path sometimes requires us to pause and address the child’s underlying feelings and needs. Anger is often anxiety or fear, “I don’t care” is often sadness, and the inability to take responsibility is often shame.

“Through reflecting and organizing these feelings for children our connection with them grows as does their confidence that when things go wrong, with some help from a caring adult, they can go right again.

“When care providers take the time to ask themselves what is really happening they can then tune into what best fits the child’s needs. We connect and calm their systems and organize their emotions that are too big for them to handle alone. Recognizing the miscue, looking for the real cues and tuning into their true feelings and needs assists children to feel understood and secure.”

Monique and Patti provide a seminar called 3Rs: Relationship, Relationship, Relationship. The seminar is available throughout the year or you can request a personalized 3Rs seminar at a time convenient for you.

The seminar is for:

  • Adults directly involved in planning for and supporting students, including resource teachers, guidance counselors, and educational assistants who work one-on-one with children receiving special-needs funding due to emotional and behavioral concerns.
  • Multi-disciplinary support staff, including social workers, psychologists and occupational therapists.

To keep up to date on our workshops, sign up for email updates, or regularly check our website.