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Schools of the New Millenium - No Touch, No Connection - No Learning! 

cryingiTeach and ITV are two new ways to use technology in school and therapy based settings.  "iTeach" refers to the use of computer devices to teach children, also termed "Virtual Teaching".  Increased use of TeachMate, ClassMate and XO computer devices as replacements for teachers is rapidly becoming the norm in both the US and Canada http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/144.  "ITV" is a term applied to the use of satellite TV linkage of occupational, physical and speech and language therapists to remote locations for the purpose of assessment and treatment of children.  I was recently speaking in Oklahoma to a group of therapists who informed me of this new and rapidly growing practice.  One therapist reported she was concerned regarding poor results yet continued use of this method, being told by the school system that "It's better than nothing"!

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Cris Rowan has been asked to present
her Balanced Technology Management initiatives and Zone'in Program to representatives from BC's Ministry of Children and Families on April 29, 2010 from 10:30-12:00 in Victoria.

Violence in the Classroom - March 27, Vancouver Sun
Violence against school staff is on the rise. Injuries mount as teachers, principals and support workers become targets for assault by students.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Violence+against+school+staff+
rise/2733827/story.html

Cris's response "Crimes of Technology" in Letter to the Editor.

Why children act out
Published Editorial by Cris Rowan, Vancouver Sun March 31 2010
As a school-based occupational therapist, I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand the escalation in child aggression over the past decade. The propensity to diagnose and medicate these children and use restraints and seclusion rooms is short-sighted, unethical and inhumane.
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/children/2747155/story.html

Reports of Violence in  BC Schools
The B.C. Teachers' Federation (BCTF) is urging members to report all violence in the workplace to WorkSafe BC, saying accurate reporting is necessary to improve safety.
http://communities.canada.com/VANCOUVERSUN/blogs/reportcard/
archive/2010/03/28/reports-of-violence-in-b-c-
schools.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentmessage

Boston Globe Headline
Warning label on new diagnosis

"There is controversy swirling around the proposed new diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition: temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria (negative, unhappy mood). Professionals treating children with the new diagnosis need to focus first on behavioral changes in the family and not turn too fast to medication."
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/
03/01/warning_label_on_new_diagnosis/?s_campaign=8315

Fifth grade autistic boy charged with a felony
Carole Reynolds is desperate to help her eleven year old autistic grandson, Zakhqurey Price, who has been charged with multiple counts of felonious assault against two school district employees.
http://www.examiner.com/x-4959-Special-Education-
Examiner~y2009m12d30-Autism-is-considered-a-felony-in-fifth-
grade?cid=edition-rss-National

Wholesale sedation of young children medically and morally indefensible

by Dr. Lawrence Diller, pediatrician and professor at Univ of California, and author of "The Last Normal Child".  The twin murder trials of the parents of Rebecca Riley, who died at age 4 of an overdose of the psychiatric drug, clonidine, have cast a spotlight on the beliefs and practices of the doctor who prescribed the drug.
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hull/news/opinions/x905411678/
COMMENTARY-Wholesale-sedation-of-young-children-medically-morally-indefensible

It's not too late to save 'normal'
Psychiatry's latest DSM goes too far in creating new mental disorders, by Allen Frances, Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2010.
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-frances1-2010mar01,0,2030641.story

'Texting the Sun' play aims to help media-immersed young people find balance.
http://www.oregonlive.com/performance/index.ssf/2010/03
/texting_the_sun_play_aims_to_h.html

How Tech is Making Kids Smarter Everywhere - April 2010 edition of Fast Company magazine
As smartphones and handheld computers move into classrooms worldwide, we may be witnessing the start of an educational revolution. How technology could unleash childhood creativity -- and transform the role of the teacher.
http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/144

Cris's response "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!"in Letter to the Editor.
New Products

The Games Book: How to Play the Games of Yesterday
This terrific compendium includes traditional indoor and outdoor games that have been enjoyed by generations of children and their parents before them.
http://www.amazon.ca/Games-Book-How-Play-Yesterday/dp/054513403X

Sensory Critters
http://www.sensorycritters.com

Your Guide for Therapeutic Products
http://www.sensorycraver.com

The Race to Nowhere
The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture - DVD
Race to Nowhere is a documentary film examining the pressures faced by youth, teachers and parents in our achievement obsessed education system and culture. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried students aren't developing the skills needed, and parents who are trying to do what's best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic running rampant in our schools.
http://www.racetonowhere.com/
Education

HELP: Investing in ECD Free Webcast
The Council for Early Child Development is please to announce its first webconference of 2010: Investing in ECD, to be help on April 7 from 9:00-10:30 am, Pacific Time.
http://www.councilecd.ca/?q=events

Evidence-based Practice in Sensory Disorder: Subtypes, Assessment and Intervention
Presented by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., O.T.R.
May 7, 2010 9:00am - 4:00pm
http://www.therapybc.ca/eventdocs
/EvidenceBasedPracticeinSensoryProcessing.pdf

Zone'in DVD On Youtube.com!
Watch the complete Zone'in DVD on youtube! We had to split it into three parts - but it's all there!
Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvf7A8CNGZ8
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBfGMPdhS3E
Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mal77-XjF0I&feature=
channel

Suffer the Children
4 minute video by Cris Rowan showing problems associatiated with technology overuse by children.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dbtg5w87yU

Balanced Technology Management
6 minute video by Cris Rowan showing solutions to address technology overuse, creating sustainable futures for all children.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMIfPtDuDiw
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April 7, 2010 - Healthy Interactions - Register Now!
3:30 - 6:30pm Pacific Time
Critical factors for healthy early child development of movement, touch and connection are reviewed, and practical strategies offered to enhance infant, toddler and early child development.

April 21, 2010 - Mixed Signals - Register Now!
3:30 - 6:30pm Pacific Time
Child physical, mental, social and academic disorders are on the rise. Is 8 hours per day technology use the culprit? Come learn what you can do to manage balance between activities children need to grow and succeed with use of technology.
 
May 5, 2010 - Why Can't Children Sit Still? - Register Now!
3:30 - 6:30pm Pacific Time
Children's bodies need to move to pay attention and learn. Organized movement and access to nature are attention-restorative, and can easily be incorporated into classroom routines.

May 26, 2010 - Diminishing Returns - Register Now!
3:30 - 6:30pm Pacific Time
Learn how to restructure classrooms, gym and playground settings to improve productivity and enhance literacy though use of a variety of sensory and motor strategies.
 
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