The Zone'in Child Development Series Newsletter
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Zone'in on First Nations Schools
flowerAll First Nations Schools in British Columbia recently received Zone'in and Move'in Programs and Workshops, organized by the First Nations Education Steering Committee.  Cris Rowan was offered a unique opportunity to travel to a small northern native village, and provide school based teacher workshops and student consultations.  This article is intended to offer readers a view of Zone'in in a small First Nations school, from not only Cris's perspective, but also from the school's Special Education Teacher.    Keep reading here...
Zone'in Partners with Microsoft

Zone'in Programs Inc. is pleased to announce an upcoming partnership with Microsoft Canada Corporate Citizenship.  Microsoft has expressed an interest in teaming with Zone'in to promote balanced technology management initiatives through sponsoring Zone'in Products and Workshops.  Zone'in Programs Inc. would like to take this opportunity to recognize Microsoft's groundbreaking initiatives to support research and programs that promote child health and academic excellence.
Zone'in Seeking Research Assistance

Zone'in Programs Inc. is seeking research support and assistance for a pilot study of the Creating Sustainable Futures Program,a school based intervention to improve child health and academic performance through balanced technology management initiatives. The Creating Sustainable Futures Program offers Products and Workshops to elementary schools, implemented by Training certified occupational therapy instructors.  Please contact Cris Rowan if you are able to offer research assistance with this pilot study.
Crimes of technology

Parents, educators and health policy makers everywhere are struggling to manage balancing children's technology use with health and academics. "How much technology should kids use?", "what degree of sex or violence should kids watch?", and "should students be able to surf the net and text message in school" are just a few of the many questions faced by parents, teachers and health professionals. At eight hours per day combined technology use, elementary aged children are just not getting enough of what they need to grow and succeed. Most recently media has reported worrisome "applications" of technology, such as cyberbullying and sextexting, activities that are setting the scene for a clash between law, health, and education sectors as children and adolescents are arrested for "crimes of technology" that society couldn't even anticipate. Cyberbullying is where one child "bullies" another child using chat lines, and sextexting is where pornographic photos are "texted" using cell phones. Media reports that students involved in these activities have been arrested for prostitution, child pornography, and distribution of pornography.  Keep reading here...
Foundation Series Workshops

Upcoming Events

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 1, 2009 - Qualicum, BC
May 4, 5 & 6, 2009 -Halifax, NS
May 25, 26 & 27, 2009 - Yellowknife, NT
June 1, 2 & 3, 2009 - Vancouver, BC
June 15, 2009 - Dallas, TX
October 3, 2009 - Comox Valley, BC

More interesting articles

Film Portrays Parents' Autism Dilemma

ABC News (04/01/2009) -News clip on child diagnosed with Autism, and then later diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.

"When it's not autism, what is it?" Award winning documentary of this same family's mission to help their son when doctors aren't sure of his diagnosis.

Hyperactivity Enables Children With ADHD To Stay Alert: Teachers Urged Not To Severely Limit That Activity

ScienceDaily (Mar. 11, 2009)
- A new University of Central Florida study may explain why children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder move around a lot - it helps them stay alert enough to complete challenging tasks.

The Road Map

Handbook of Language and Literacy Development:

A Roadmap from 0 to 60 Months
The Handbook of Language and Literacy Development project is dedicated to the creation of accessible and refereed resources that will provide evidence-based information on childrens' language and literacy development.

Stability Balls Let Kids Get Rid of the Wiggles

Talk about a teacher's dream: no more slouching, no more wiggly little boys and no more snoozing at desks.

Zone'in Programs Inc. 2009

April 2009

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

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