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The Myth of Wii

Hi Shaley,

I’m a pediatric occupational therapist and sensory specialist with expertise on the impact of technology on child development and academic performance, and I would like to respond to your request for information regarding aspects of Wii.

While Wii does promote itself as requiring large body movements, accuracy is better achieved using the small muscles of the wrists and hands. I have watched children quickly adapt from gross to fine motor in a matter of hours, moving from a standing position right back to the couch.

The fact that Wii programs generally are more sports oriented is advantageous due to the low level of violent content, subsequently impacting on lower levels of child aggression. That said, the fact that most children play Wii from a sedentary position results in a host of physical, psychological, behavioral and social disorders that the health and education sectors are just beginning to detect, much less understand.

Wii is really no better than X-box or PlayStation, and combined with other forms of technology, not only threaten the sustainability of our children, but also are cracking the foundations of our schools and homes.

Please find attached Fact Sheet and Bio for additional information. Please let me know if you would like an interview by below contact info.

Have a GREAT day!

Sincerely,

Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT, Approved Provider AOTA
CEO Zone’in Programs Inc.
6840 Seaview Rd.
Sechelt, BC V0N3A4
604-885-0986 office, 604-885-0389 fax, 604-740-2264 cell
email crowan@zonein.ca
website www.zonein.ca