What are the Child Development Series Webinars?

The Child Development Series Webinars were created along the premise that growing a child is like building a house, and consequently, the foundation is key. There are four critical factors which optimize child development, behavior, and learning: movement, touch, human connection, and nature. Access to these four critical factors during early child development, result in a healthy child who when entering school, can settle down, pay attention and learn. Deprivation of these critical factors, adversely affects the child, impacting negatively on their development, behavior, and learning. Technology overuse results in a child who is sedentary, neglected, isolated, and overstimulated, further negating development. The Child Development Series Webinars provide crucial research-based information in the areas of sensory, motor, and attachment development, as well as strategies for home, school, and communities to ensure children get what they need to grow and succeed.

Why the Child Development Series Webinars?

The six Child Development Series Webinars were developed by Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist and biologist for educators and health professionals to enhance child development, behavior, and learning. Cris has worked in pediatrics for over 30 years in daycare/preschool, school, clinic, institutional, and home settings. Over a decade ago, Cris noticed rising rates of impairments in the physical, mental, social, and cognitive domains that research indicated could not be explained by increased detection. Questions arose regarding the impact of technology on child physical and mental health, as well as their ability to learn, fueling Cris’s quest for collating research in this area, culminating in the Zone’in Research Fact Sheet, her book Virtual Child, her blog Moving to Learn, as well as a variety of workshops and webinars.

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