Service Provider Training and Workshop Event -

Thursday, November 15th  

 

Cris Rowan Presents A Foundation Series Workshops: Technology Balance - Mixed Signals: Connection to technology is disconnecting child development and learning

 

Overview

Research reports children use 7.5 and teens 9.0 hours per day of entertainment technologies. Sedentary, overstimulated, isolated and often neglected, the new millennium child is not meeting critical milestones for development and learning. Current studies show:

 

  •    1 in 2 children are sleep deprived adversely affecting school performance;

  •    1 in 3 children enter school developmentally delayed resulting in printing and reading difficulties;

  •    1 in 4 are overweight or obese with one third of these children developing diabetes;

  •    1 in 5 are learning disabled requiring an individualized education plan;

  •    1 in 6 have a diagnosed mental illness with associated problematic behaviors;

  •    1 in 11 have technology addictions causing physical, social, mental and cognitive impairment.

 

Children with technology addictions are increasingly referred to school based and clinical teams to treat a variety of conditions including impaired motor or sensory development, self-dysregulation, attachment disorders, aggression, mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, compulsion/obsession), and behavior disorders. Often misdiagnosed, these children’s primary condition of technology addiction is not being recognized and treated. Schools are creating Virtual Classrooms, and homes creating Virtual Families, further alienating children from activities they need to optimize growth and academic success. Children are our future, but the ways in which parents and teachers are raising and educating them with technology, are not sustainable.

 

Goal

Mixed Signals raises awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child physical, mental, social and cognitive development, and provides screening and intervention tools and techniques to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology use. Balanced Technology Management initiatives are provided for clinics, schools, homes and community settings to create ’sustainable’ futures for all children.

 

Learning Outcomes

 

  • Identify four critical factors to optimize child development and learning.

  • Evaluate technology use parameters using the technology screen and professional guidelines.

  • Relate current technology impact research to child physical, mental, social and academic impairments.

  • Implement balanced technology management strategies in home, school, clinic and community environments

 

Who Should Attend: Teachers, administrators, special education staff, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, counsellors, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and child care providers. 

How to register 

Below are two easy ways to register for the RMCCT Service Provider event.  Registration ends November 9th.

1)    Beginning August 13th—Online at with your credit card at https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/fesc/Activity_Search/587 
2)    Beginning September 4th—In person at the Family Education & Support Centre, with cash or credit, located at 22554 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge (Closed between noon and 1 pm and Fridays).

Cost: $22

Location: Maple Ridge Library - 2nd floor in the Fraser Room

Time: 1pm through to 4:30pm (doors open at 12:30pm)

Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Workshop Handouts     

     Tech Toolkit

     Preparatory Information for Workshop

Parent, Caregiver, ECE Training and Workshop Event - Saturday, November 17th  

 

Cris Rowan Presents Disconnect to Reconnect- Impact of technology on child development, behavior, and learning: Learn how to manage balance between technology and activities children need for growth and success.

 

Overview

Children use on average 7.5 hours per day of entertainment technologies, four times the amount recommended by pediatricians. TV, video games, internet, movies, cell phones and a variety of hand held devices now occupy the majority of our child’s waking hours – but to what detriment? While technology offers obvious promise for children, perils associated with early use and overuse of screens are often ignored. Developmental delay, obesity, sleep deprivation, mental illness, aggression, defiance, social phobia, poor communication, attention deficit and learning disorders are all associated with technology overuse. The effect of chronic states of high adrenalin in a sedentary body, as well as the effect of prolonged use of wireless radiation, are only beginning to receive research attention, but could prove to have permanent life threatening consequences to child health. Schools are creating Virtual Classrooms, and homes are creating Virtual Families, further alienating children from essential human connection and attachment that is the basis for child development, behavior and learning. Children are our future, yet choices made today raise the question: are the ways in which we are raising and educating our children with technology, no longer sustainable?

Goal

Disconnect to Reconnect raises public awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child development, behavior and learning, and provides initiatives for homes, schools, and communities to manage balance between technology use and healthy activities, and work toward creating ’sustainable’ children.

 

Learning Outcomes

 

  • Relate current technology research to physical, mental, social and academic performance

  • Explore the effects of fast paced and violence media on attention deficit and aggression

  • Apply knowledge regarding critical factors for healthy child sensory, motor and attachment development

  • Apply balanced technology management initiatives

 

Who Should Attend: Parents, Foster Parents, Caregivers and ECE professionals. 

How to register 

Below are two easy ways to register for the RMCCT Service Provider event.  Registration ends November 9th.

1)    Beginning August 13th—Online at with your credit card at https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/fesc/Activity_Search/588
2)    Beginning September 4th—In person at the Family Education & Support Centre, with cash or credit, located at 22554 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge (Closed between noon and 1 pm and Fridays).

Cost: $17

Location: Maple Ridge Library - 2nd floor in the Fraser Room

Time: 1pm through to 3:30pm (doors open at 12:50pm)

Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Workshop Handouts     

     Tech Toolkit

     Preparatory Information for Workshop

     

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