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The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, The Night Before Christmas
and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
except maybe Dad's mouse.
The stockings were hung
by the big screen with care,
in hopes that St. Nicolas
would soon be there.

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Virtual Child: The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to Children

Virtual ChildBy Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist.

Virtual Child documents the impact technology has had on the developing child, and proposes tools and techniques to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology use.

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Foundation Series Workshops

Foundation Series Workshops come to Vancouver
January 19, 20, 21, 2011.
10% Early bird discount till Dec. 1, 2010.


Six research referenced half day workshops with Cris Rowan for parents, teachers and therapists on senosry processing, motor development, attachment and addictions, technology overuse, moving to learn and school redesign for success.

More Winter Workshops
Kamloops BC - January 27/28, 2010 - keynote and workshop
Contact - Fiona Clare
Abbotsford BC - Feb 17/18, 2010 - parent presentation and teacher workshop
Contact - Rita Green
Vernon, BC - Mar 4/5, 2010 - parent presentation and early intervention workshop
Contact - Lynne Reside


Media use and school achievement-boys at risk?
Mössle, T et. al. with the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, Hannover, Germany. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010 Sept; 28:699-725.
Study indicates that the more time students spend on consuming media and the more violent its contents are, the worse are their marks at school, even when controlling for vital factors such as family, educational, or immigrant background.

Adverse Drug Events in Children: Recent Cases from the Medical Literature
Marcia L. Buck with Children's Medical Center, University of Virginia Posted to Pediatric Pharmacotherapy on 10/15/2010.
This issue of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy provides a brief overview of adverse drug effects case reports and clinical trials published within the past year.


Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
By Matt Richtel for New York Times on November 21, 2010.
Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.

24 elementary schools face loss of aging playgrounds
By Naoibh O'Connor for the Vancouver Courier on November 25, 2010
Twenty-four Vancouver schools have been warned they'll lose their aging playgrounds by June 2012 for safety reasons, sending schools scrambling to raise tens of thousands of dollars for replacements.

Car seat shortages feared as scramble on to comply with new rules for bigger kids
By Marina Strauss for the Globe and Mail on November 22, 2010.
The federal government has ordered manufacturers to create bigger children's car seats to accommodate heavier kids, which is prompting the companies to warn of shortages by spring.

Failing Boys - A six part video series by the Globe and Mail
·    Part 1 - Failing boys and the powder keg of sexual politics
·    Part 2 - The endangered male teacher
·    Part 3 - Are we medicating a disorder or treating boyhood as a disease?
·    Part 4 - Red-flagged as problem pupils, are boys misunderstood?
·    Part 5 - Is affirmative action for men the answer to enrolment woes?
·    Part 6 - We can't tolerate failing boys

Psychiatry's sick compulsion: turning weaknesses into diseases
By Irwin Savodnik, a psychiatrist and philosopher who teaches at UCLA for the Los Angeles Times on January 1, 2006.
With its panoply of major depression, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, the American Psychiatric Association is waving its Calvinist flag to remind everyone that amid all the celebration, all the festivities, all the exuberance, many people will "come down with" or "contract" or "develop" some variation of depressive illness.

Forest Labs settling wrongful death & personal injury lawsuits from parents of kids who took Celexa & Lexapro
By Jim Doyle for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International
A month after its Earth City subsidiary pleaded guilty of illegally marketing antidepressants to children and adolescents, Forest Laboratories is now settling a string of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits from the parents of children who took the drugs Celexa and Lexapro.

New Book - Below C Level: How American Education Encourages Mediocrity and What We Can Do about It
by John Merrow.
American public education is failing our children, but not because we are aiming too high and falling short. On the contrary, we're aiming too low - and, unfortunately, we're succeeding.

New Book - White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine
by Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D. 
Pharmaceutical marketers sell drugs by selling the diseases that they treat. The buzzword is "disease branding." To brand a disease is to shape its public perception in order to make it more palatable to potential patients.

Landscape Structures
Absolutely awesome playground structures for children with and without disabilities.

Weighted Wearables
Weighted adaptive products that facilitate proprioceptive feedback, increase postural stability and attention span, and organize arousal level for learning.

Weighted vest designed by and occupational therapist.

Adjustable seat that wraps around children providing deep pressure sensation.

Stabilizing pressure input orthosis, a dynamic compression system made of patented, breathable, Lycra-blend material providing constant deep pressure input.

A protective foot and leg interface sock made specifically for leg brace wearers.

SmartKnit KIDS
Seamless sensitivity socks.

Soft Clothing
Seamless clothing for children with tactile processing problems.

Juice Plus +
Whole food based nutritional products that provide nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains. Clinically proven  Juice Plus+ helps bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat, everyday.

Occupational Therapist Raps on UTube
A great depiction of what occupational therapists really do!

Sensory Integration Global Network has a new website!
Sensory Integration Global Network is a web-based organization developed by a core group of volunteers who are interested in promoting and educating the public and professionals about Ayres Sensory Integration.

SPD Connect - Connecting families to local sensory help
SPD Connect is organized by the Committee to Help Families Find Solutions to Sensory Challenges. Parents - register your sensory therapist here so other families can receive their services. Therapists - register your workshops or webinars here as well.

Really?  Microsoft commercial on new windows phone
Such a lovely message supporting Balanced Technology Management principles by a technology giant!

TED Talks - My Green School Dream
by John Hardy
Join John Hardy on a tour of the Green School, his off-the-grid school in Bali that teaches kids how to build, garden, create, and get into college. The centerpiece of campus is the spiralling Heart of School, perhaps the world's largest freestanding bamboo building.
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Foundation Series Workshops

Workshops are offered in the following three formats:

Buy individual workshops for $99 each or the first 6 in the series for $499!

Foundation Series Workshops on DVDsBuy Now!


Instructor training for Foundation Series Workshops places pediatric occupational therapists on the cutting edge as experts in the field of technology's impact on child development.


Innovative team-based approach to manage balance between activities children need to grow and succeed with technology use.
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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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