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Unplug Your Kids Back to School

girl in schoolIt's back to school time, and there isn't a parent out there who doesn't want their child to make friends and do well. Preparing children for school isn't just about getting new clothes and re-establishing sleep routines, it's also about making sure children's minds are able to pay attention and learn.

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What's New

Cris Rowan has been invited by Dr. Michael Rich, Pediatrician and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health to work on a joint documentary on the impact of technology on children. 

Gavin Thompson, Director of Microsoft Canada's Corporate Citizenship has invited Cris to consult on their new gaming platform Natal regarding modifications to optimize child development. 

Dr. Holly Agostino, pediatric researcher with McGill University will be co-authoring with Cris on a commentary for the Canadian Family Physician journal regarding a physician directed routine family technology history.
Announcing Foundation Series Webinars!

GoToWebinarWe are pleased to offer our Foundation Series Workshops online!  We have scheduled live, interactive workshops each month! 

October 7, 2009 - Harnessing Energy - Register Now!
November 18, 2009 - Back to Basics - Register Now!
December 2, 2009 - A Cracked Foundation - Register Now!
January 6, 2010 - Mixed Signals - Register Now!
February 3, 2010 - Why Can't Children Sit Still? - Register Now!
March 3, 2010 - Diminishing Returns - Register Now!

Early Intervention Webinars to be arranged at a later date.

To request a private online presentation for your organization, please contact Amy Dickson at or 1-888-896-6346.
Policy Brief released by the Australian Center for Community Child Health


Average amount of TV watched by the 0-4 yr old population 194 minutes per day (3.23 hrs/day = 22.63 hrs/wk).

Toddlers who watch more than 20 hours per week double their risk of obesity.

TV watching in the toddler population is negatively associated with language development, sleep, self-regulation, tobacco/drug/alcohol use, sexual behavior, ADHD and academic performance.

Read the Policy Brief here.
Pathways to Coordination

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Pathways is an innovative therapy technique designed by Diane Dous, occupational therapist with Qu'uwtsun Smuneem Elementary School, to improve visual and motor integration and coordination.  Please feel free to use these ideas in your own school!

Watch the slideshow of Diane's Pathways to Coordiation ideas here.

Requires a Powerpoint viewer, links to download sites below.

Mac users - PC users
Interesting Links

Wonderful website designed by an occupational therapist with loads of information for parents and teachers regarding SPD.
In August, the SPD Foundation launched e-Learning, their biggest effort ever to "teach the world about SPD."

Foundation Series Workshops

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!

October 3, 2009 - Comox Valley, BC
November 3, 4 &5, 2009 - Saskatoon, SK
March 23, 24 & 25, 2010 - Dallas, TX
May 11, 12 & 13, 2010 - Vancouver, BC
Upcoming OT Training dates

November 1 - 5, 2009 - Saskatoon, SK
March 22 - 26, 2010 - Dallas, TX
May 10 - 14, 2010 - Vancouver, BC

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Zone'in Programs Inc. 2009

September 2009

In This Issue
Unplug Your Kids
What's New
Policy Brief
Pathways to Coordination
Interesting Links
Upcoming Workshops
OT Training Dates
Zone'in Products
Zone'in Workshops
Zone'in Training
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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