Mixed Signals-Technology Balance - Connection to Technology is Disconnecting Child Development and Learning

30% of children entering the school systems are developmentally delayed, and 15% of elementary children have a diagnosed mental illness. As the “gap” widens, printing, reading and math literacy become unachievable for many children. Child behavior diagnoses escalate as child aggression creates significant classroom management issues. Why? Elementary aged children use an average 8 hours per day of entertainment technology, with over 75% of children having technology in their bedrooms. Sedentary and hard wired for high speed, new millennium children can no longer pay attention or learn in traditional school settings. Children with technology addictions are increasingly referred to pediatric therapists to treat conditions associated with low tone, poor coordination, sensory dysregulation, or sensory overload. Often misdiagnosed as ADHD, these children’s primary condition of ‘technology addiction’ is not being recognized and treated. Schools are creating Virtual Classrooms, and homes are creating Virtual Families, further alienating children from essential human connection and attachment that is the basis for all learning. Children are our future, yet choices made today raise the question: are children no longer sustainable?

Goal

Mixed Signals raises awareness regarding the damaging impact of technology on child development and academic performance, and provides assessment and intervention tools and techniques to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology use. Balanced Technology Management initiatives are provided for clinics, schools, homes and community settings to create ‘sustainable’ futures for all children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Relate current technology research to child physical, mental, social and academic impairments
  • Explore the effects of media violence and cyberbullying on child aggression behavior
  • Recognize parent, teacher, therapist and physician trend to diagnose and drug child behavior
  • Evaluate technology use parameters using the technology screen
  • Implement balanced technology management and apply clinic, school and home reduction strategies

Target Audience

Anyone interested healthy development.

Sessions

10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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Presenter

  • Anik Provencher

    ik Provencher has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years, with experience working with children in a rehabilitation center in northern Quebec, in her private practice and as a consultant in the public schools of Prince George, British Columbia. Anik’s areas of expertise are in sensory integration and handwriting. She is bilingual, presenting in English or French. She has a passion for enhancing children’s development and participation in daily activities. As a pediatric occupational therapist, Anik is concerned about the extent of developmental delay she is seeing in today’s children, and is interested in offering evidenced–based information to families, to education and health professionals to promote a balanced life style for children in today’s changing world. Anik received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the Universite de Montreal and has extensive continuing education in the areas of sensory integration, fine motor development and printing.

  • Anik Provencher

    ik Provencher has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years, with experience working with children in a rehabilitation center in northern Quebec, in her private practice and as a consultant in the public schools of Prince George, British Columbia. Anik’s areas of expertise are in sensory integration and handwriting. She is bilingual, presenting in English or French. She has a passion for enhancing children’s development and participation in daily activities. As a pediatric occupational therapist, Anik is concerned about the extent of developmental delay she is seeing in today’s children, and is interested in offering evidenced–based information to families, to education and health professionals to promote a balanced life style for children in today’s changing world. Anik received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the Universite de Montreal and has extensive continuing education in the areas of sensory integration, fine motor development and printing.