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Schools of the New Millennium - Declining Literacy - A learning disability or a teaching disability?

frustrated boy at computerI was consulting in Northern BC in a remote Native community, and was working with a bright and energetic grd. 4 student who had "learning difficulties".  The resource teacher stated that she thought he was underperforming, and had this year exhibited significant defiance and difficult behaviour.  I was observing this child doing math, and when he looked at me and asked if the number he just produced was a "5" (it looked a bit more like a backward "7" to me), I realized he didn't know how to print.  I asked the resource teacher to scribe for this child, and he literally jumped to the challenge and proceeded to fly through math sheets getting all correct answers.  Here was a delightful, smart and now extremely frustrated child trapped in a system that had not taught him how to print.

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Stupid In America: What's Wrong with the U.S. Education System?

40 minute video comparing the US public education system with Europe, and with magnet and charter schools vs. districts where there is no competition. The results are shocking.

Video Game Epilepsy
Singh R, Bhalla A, Lehl SS, Sachdev A
Department of Medicine, Govt. Medical College and Hospital
Research documenting two cases of epilepsy induced by video game use. Parents have reported to Cris Rowan their children with Autism appear to be at higher risk for epilepsy associated with videogame use.;year=

Ruth Levy Guyer, Ph.D.  NINH
Article documenting incidence of Video Game Epilepsy.

Complete overload --his brain goes Alert! Alert! Alert!
By Jodie Sinnema, Edmonton Journal April 23, 2010
Article about a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.

Go outside!
By Melissa Rayworth, The Associated Press April 27, 2010
Advice for parents regarding unplugging kids from technology and getting them outside.

More predators prefer to target kids online
By Danielle Bell, The Daily News April 5, 2010
Read Cris Rowan's comments regarding recent online predator incident in Nanaimo, BC.

Technology: no more than a tool
By Stephanie Samaras, Coast Reporter April 16, 2010
In response to editorial by Cris Rowan.  The word technology is defined as "the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society and the environment."

Schools Operating Safely: Ten alternatives to medication, seclusion and restraints
By Cris Rowan, OTLine Spring 2010
How educators can help get children back on track toward more healthy and sustainable futures, by proposing establishment of a school-based child behavior management policy called Schools Operating Safely.

Antidepressant-Induced Suicide, Violence and Mania: Implications for the Military (and children)
By Dr. Peter Breggin, Veterans Affairs Committee Hearings
Two hour video of congressional hearing investigating the correlation between antidepressant-induced suicide, violence and mania.  An excellent portrayal of the dangers of antidepressent medication.
Pilots Taking Antidepressants?  The FAA is Risking Our Lives
By Dr. Peter Breggin, Huffington Post April 19, 2010
Article profiles the recent ruling of the Federal Aviation Association to allow pilots to take antidepressants.

Never Good Enough
By Sedona, Mothers of Bad Boys April 12, 2010
An OT and Mom of boys with ADHD blogs about her experience with labels, diagnoses and prescriptions.
New Products

Soft Clothing for All Children
Many children are extra-sensitive to the texture and feel of clothing. Soft® is the first line of inclusive clothing designed with the needs of all children in mind, including those with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and tactile defensiveness/sensitivity.

MediaPulse: Media History Form
Reproducible technology screen for use in clinical settings developed by the Media Awareness Network and the Canadian Pediatric Society

Did you Know?
Fantastic video 5 minute video clip which accurately profiles the rapid escalation of information technology.

Course: Attachment and Psychopathology
with Patricia McKinsey Crittenden, Ph.D.
Victoria, BC - August 16, 17 & 18 and October 28 & 29, 2010.
More info and registration here.

Webcast: Investing in the Early Years
with Paul Kershaw, HELP April 7, 2010
Link to presentation slides: Smart Family Policy for Strong Economies.pdf
Link to webcast recording  *Please note that the recording is very large (112MB) and will likely take at least 5 minutes to download.

Podcast: An Interview with Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt, Pulitzer - Prize Winning Author and Teacher in New York City public schools for 27 years past away July 19, 2009. This NPR interview profiles his life working in schools.

Conference: Empathatic Therapy with Dr. Breggin
For health and education professionals to enhance experience and knowledge regarding alternatives to the use of diagnosis and medication of children.


At My Best!
Free curriculum supported toolkit for K to grade 3 to promote and develop children's overall wellness.

Media Awareness Network
Canadian resources and support for everyone interested in media and information literacy for young people.

Are Violent Video Games Preparing Kids for the Apocalypse?
The Onion News Network, February 24, 2009
Panelists debate whether video games are teaching children skills they really need in the End Times.
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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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