Pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, speaker, author
A frequent guest on CBC radio, TV, and featured in CBC TV’s Doc Zone documentary “Are We Digital Dummies”, Cris Rowan speaks passionately about how technology is eroding children’s foundations for development and learning. Cris Rowan is a pediatric occupational therapist who has witnessed dramatic changes how children play, resulting in rising levels of obesity, developmental delay and mental disorders. Cris has first-hand understanding and knowledge of how technology has caused profound changes in a child’s development, behavior and their ability to learn. Cris is CEO of Zone’in Programs Inc. offering products, workshops and training to improve child health and enhance academic performance. Cris designed Zone’in, Move’in, Unplug’in and Live’in educational products for elementary children to address the rise in developmental delays, behavior disorders, and technology overuse. Cris has performed over 200 Foundation Series Workshops on topics such as sensory integration and attention, motor development and literacy, attachment formation and addictions, early intervention, technology overuse, media literacy programs, and school environmental design for the 21st century for teachers, parents and health professionals throughout North America. Cris has recently created Zone’in Training Programs to train other pediatric occupational therapists to deliver these integral workshops in their own community. Cris is an expert reviewer for the Canadian Family Physician Journal, authors the monthly Zone’in Development Series Newsletter and is author of the following initiatives: Unplug – Don’t Drug, Creating Sustainable Futures Program, and Linking Corporations to Community. Cris is author of her new comprehensive and research referenced book Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children.