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Schools of the New Millennium - Go Virtual or Go Green?

Indoor greenspaceThis article is the first of a six part series on successful school-based strategies to optimize attention and enhance learning ability, and follows the Zone'in Child Development Series December 2009 newsletter advocating for school implementation of the School Operating Safely (SOS) - Child Behavior Management Policy and Procedures.  This policy has recently been forwarded to all provincial Education Ministers, as well as members of the Council of Ministers of Education.

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News

CBC DocZone Feature
Cris Rowan will be featured on CBC's DocZone, a TV documentary speaking on the topic of "Info Overload" to be aired in 2010.

Children of the New Millenium Foundation
Cris Rowan is actively working on forming her new foundation called "Children of the New Millennium" with the goal of reversing the detrimental effects of technology overuse.  The Children of the New Millennium Foundation will promote channeling donations from technology production corporations to schools for healthy activities that optimize child development and academic performance.

Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry Article
The Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry: An International Journal of Critical Inquiry
, a peer reviewed journal of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, will feature Cris Rowan's commentary "Unplug - Don't Drug:  A Critical Look at The Influence of Technology on Child Behavior with an Alternative Way of Responding Other Than Evaluation and Drugging" in their Vol. 11, No. 3, 2010 issue available at:
http://www.springerpub.com/journal.aspx?jid=1559-4343

BC Society of OTLine Article
British Columbia's Society of Occupational Therapist's journal OTLine will publish Cris Rowan's article "Child behavioral diagnosis, medication, and therapy - Who really benefits?" in their next issue January 2010.

Interesting Reading

Who First Suggests the Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?
In a study of 491 physicians in Washington, D. C., almost half of the diagnoses of ADHD in their patients had been suggested first by teachers.
Leonard Sax, MD and Kathleen Kautz, RN with the Montgomery Center for Research in Child and Adolescent Development in Poolesville Md report their findings in the Annals of Family Medicine.
http://www.annfammed.org/cgi/reprint/1/3/171

Medicine Goes to School: Teachers as Sickness Brokers for ADHD
The organized penetration of the pharmaceutical industry associated with ADHD into the education domain is a new and disturbing phenomenon, placing teachers in the role of "disease spotters." Christine Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in Social Foundations of Medicine with the Australian National University Medical School.
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371
/journal.pmed.0030182

There Is No Such Thing as a Psychiatric Disorder/Disease/Chemical Imbalance
Pediatric Neurologist Fred Baughman chronologically details how mental "disturbance" has become known  as mental "disorder" or "disease", and how this labeling has resulted in the proliferation of the use of psychotropic medication in children.  
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article
/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0030318

Almost There - Sensory Integration's Long Road to Legitimacy
Inclusion in the DSM-V is a big step toward getting SPD recognized eventually as a stand-alone diagnosis that is not simply part of a syndrome or of another disorder. It's far from a done deal, but researchers are highly encouraged. And chief among them is Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, the foremost sensory processing researcher in the country for the past 30 years.
http://occupational-therapy.advanceweb.com/Article/Almost-There.aspx

Links and Opportunities

Transformative Parenting Free Webinar
On Wednesday, January 6th at 10am PACIFIC time, Transformative Parenting will be hosting a special online webinar entitled, "Overcoming Behavior Problems & Raising a Child that Thrives: Parenting Practices that Are Developmentally-Safe and Attachment-Friendly"
http://tpintro2010.eventbrite.com/

New Product
Kid Companions
Kid CompanionsThe HeartString Kid's Companion line was designed by a mom after she realized that her growing daughter felt embarrassed and would hide her chewable fidget while at school. The product line is designed to be wearable, fashionable and chewable. It is safe, non-toxic and can be personalized on the company's newly launched website.

www.chewelry.ca
Foundation Series Workshops

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January 6, 2010 - Mixed Signals - Register Now!
8:00 - 11:00am Pacific Time
hild 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.

January 20, 2010 - Harnessing Energy - Register Now!
3:30 - 6:30pm Pacific Time
Profiles the Zone'in Concept to improve self-responsibility, and offers information regarding sensory integration, tools and techniques to enhance sensory processing, attention and learning ability. 

February 3, 2010 - Why Can't Children Sit Still? - Register Now!
8:00 - 11:00am 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.

February 17, 2010 - Back to Basics - Register Now!
3:30 - 6:30pm Pacific Time
With 30% of children entering K developmentally delayed, and literacy declining, it is imperative that schools practice developmentally appropriate printing strategy.  As printing is a precursor to reading, sufficient instruction and consistent methodology are essential to ensure literacy.

March 3, 2010 - Diminishing Returns - Register Now!
8:00 - 11:00am 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.

March 17, 2010 - A Cracked Foundation - Register Now!
3:30 - 6:30pm Pacific Time
Disconnection from self, others, nature and spirit is resulting in child mental health and behavior disorders that are readily being diagnosed and medicated.  Healthy attachment and personal connections between teachers, therapists, parents and children are the basis for ability to pay attention and learn.
 
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 19, 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.
 
Book a CUSTOMIZED WEBINAR for your group or organization!  Contact Amy Dickson at adickson@zonein.ca or 1-888-896-6346 for more information.

Upcoming Workshops

If you're unable to make it to one of the below workshops, and you'd like Cris to come to your area, contact us to make it happen!

May 11, 12 & 13, 2010 - Vancouver, BC

Upcoming OT Training dates

March 22 - 26, 2010 - Dallas, TX
May 10 - 14, 2010 - Vancouver, BC

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Cris Rowan is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, author, speaker and champion of easing the job of learning for all children.

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