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Technology Balance

Mixed Signals: Connection to Technology is Disconnecting Child Development and Learning


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Overview

30% of children entering the school systems are developmentally delayed, and 15% of elementary children have a diagnosed mental illness. As the “gap” widens, printing, reading and math literacy become unachievable for many children. Child behavior diagnoses escalate as child aggression creates significant classroom management issues. Why? Elementary aged children use an average 8 hours per day of entertainment technology, with over 75% of children having technology in their bedrooms. Sedentary and hard wired for high speed, new millennium children can no longer pay attention or learn in traditional school settings. Children with technology addictions are increasingly referred to pediatric therapists to treat conditions associated with low tone, poor coordination, sensory dysregulation, or sensory overload. Often misdiagnosed as ADHD, these children’s primary condition of ‘technology addiction’ is not being recognized and treated. 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 all learning. Children are our future, yet choices made today raise the question: are children no longer sustainable?

Goal

Mixed Signals raises awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child development and academic performance, and provides assessment 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

Handouts

Technology Screen
Ten Steps to Unplug Your Children from Technology
Parent Unplug’in Brochure
Unplug – Don’t Drug Policy Initiative

Who should attend?

Parents, teachers, administrators, special education staff, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, counsellors, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and child care providers. Foundation Series Workshops are designed to be introductory level for therapists, intermediate for teachers and advanced for parents, child care workers and teaching assistants.

How to register

Register for scheduled Foundation Series Workshops:

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Sponsor a workshop in your own community and receive a free Zone’in, Move’in or Unplug’in program for school or home use. Contact Cris for the details!

Evidence based – Research referenced – Strategy focused


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