Disconnect to Reconnect – Impact of Technology on Child Development, Behavior and Learning

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Disconnect to Reconnect provides initiatives for homes, schools, and communities to manage the balance between technology use and healthy activities and work toward creating ‘sustainable’ children.

Children use 7.5 hours and teens 9 hours per day of entertainment technologies, four times the amount recommended by pediatricians. Critical factors for optimizing child development are grossly deficit, including movement, touch, human connection, and nature. Rising incidence of developmental delay, obesity, sleep deprivation, mental illness, aggression, social phobia, attention deficit, and learning disorders are all associated with screen overuse.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  1. Review technology trends, screen usage rates, and expert guidelines. 
  2. Review the four critical factors to optimize child growth and success. 
  3. Relate current research on the impact of screens on child performance in the following five domains: physical, social, emotional, mental, and cognitive. 
  4. Apply Balanced Technology Management initiatives in home and community settings. 
  5. Approved Provider Status with AOTA for provision of CEUs

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CEO of Reconnect Webinars and an Occupational Therapist

Cris Rowan is a pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, international speaker, and author passionate about changing how children use technology.

Cris has provided over 350 workshops on screens and kids and recently created Reconnect Webinars for teens, parents, teachers, and clinicians, providing research and strategies to balance screens and healthy activities. Cris is the author of “Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children,” publishes the free Child Development Series newsletter, and writes a monthly blog post for Moving to Learn. Cris has two children, Matt and Katie, who are 42 and 28 years old and who survived and thrived growing up unplugged.

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