Disconnect to Reconnect

The Impact of technology on healthy child development. A critical workshop for professionals working with children.

Disconnect to Reconnect raises awareness about the impact of technology on children’s physical, social, mental and cognitive development. This workshop provides professionals with tools and techniques to balance technology use with the activities children need for healthy growth and development.

Technology is dramatically impacting child development and learning. Elementary-aged children use entertainment technology an average of eight hours a day, and over 75 per cent of them have technology in their bedrooms. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) education policies have further amplified overuse.

Sedentary and hardwired for high speed, our children are having issues paying attention and learning in traditional school settings. Children who overuse technology may also experience sleep deprivation, delayed development, depression, anxiety, obesity, memory loss, distraction, and difficulty with social relationships.

Clearly, it’s no longer sustainable to continue the ways in which we use technology to raise and educate children. In this day and age of technology overuse, it’s crucial we recognize children’s needs to learn the elements of movement, touch, human connection and nature.

Through Balanced Technology Management (BTM) techniques, we have the power to bring a healthier balance back to our homes, classrooms and communities to create sustainable futures for all children.

Workshop Outcomes

In this workshop, we will: 

  • Relate current technology research to child physical, mental, social and academic development.
  • Explore BTM – the importance of a balance of movement, touch, human connection and nature with technology.
  • Evaluate your personal, client, or classroom technology use by completing a technology “screen and schedule.”
  • Implement balanced technology management, and apply clinic-, school- and home- reduction strategies.
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.

Cris has Bachelor of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy and in Biology, is a SIPT-certified Pediatric Sensory Specialist, and is CEO of Zone’in Programs Inc., which provides products, workshops, training, and consultative services to promote technology balance and productivity.

Cris has created the:

  • New Zone’in, Move’in and Unplug’in programs.
  • Foundation Series Workshops and Zone’in Training for therapists.
  • Creating Sustainable Futures program.

She’s written Virtual Child – the terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children.

Click here to download the brochure.


Who Should Attend

A workshop for professionals.

Rewire your knowledge for a new world of children and technology.

This workshop is for teachers, administrators, special education staff, therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and child care providers.


DATE & TIME: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Canad Inns Polo Park, 1405 St. Matthews Ave., Winnipeg, MB

COST (GST included in price):

Early Registration (by Sept 25):

  • Single: $175
  • Group*: $160 per person

Regular Registration (after Sept. 25):

  • Single: $195
  • Group*: $180 per person

*Group is three or more people.

Refund Policy: NO refunds – alternate person may attend, if you notify us prior to the workshop.

Receipts distributed at workshop registration table.


  • Complete the form on the brochure and fax to 204-788-4105, (click here to download the brochure), or
  • Complete the form online and mail your cheque to Alloway Therapy Services, 468 Academy Road, Winnipeg, MB  R3N 0C7.



Questions: info@allowaytherapy.com

Click here to download the brochure.