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 is CEO of Zone’in Programs Inc. offering products, workshops and training to improve child health and enhance academic performance. She 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 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.
In this interview, she & Lisa chat about what Occupational Therapy is and the "technology addiction" that many kids suffer from, and ways to avoid or overcome it.