Technology and Screen-Time

Nisha S. Sanghvi, OTR/L

Online Course

Includes all course content in digital format

Prerequisites Required
2 hours - Provided by Summit Professional Education



Technology and digital-based media is everywhere, and it is a necessary part of our lives. It is crucial for our children to know how to use technology and digital-based media in a healthy and balanced way as their brains and bodies are developing. It is important to ensure our children are getting the physical movement, adequate sleep, and nutrition that their bodies need. Technology and digital-based media should not be the focus of an activity or replace relationships. Children need connection and interaction with others. Technology and digital-based media spark interest, and that is when joint engagement and co-viewing can have endless possibilities for our children. Technology and digital-based media are tools that should be used to enhance the learning process and allow for creativity to prepare students for the future. The role of media mentors in our communities is crucial and necessary to help support our caregivers and educators in how to model technology and digital-based media. We must identify how to appropriately evaluate apps, gaming options, products, and programs on the market to support the development of children.

Participants will learn the different types of technology and digital-based media our children are exposed to and expected to use, review current statics and guidelines, learn the "C"s of technology, identify ways to support play and learning experiences with technology and digital-based media. Attendees will review how to promote healthy engagement to support development and diverse learning experiences. Digital citizenship will be reviewed to help the children we work with understand accountability and safety in our highly connected world. Evaluation tools and practical strategies for appropriate use and implementation of technology and digital-based media, collaboration and integration in the classroom, home and communities will be discussed.


  • Evidence-based practices to support technology and digital-based media as a learning tool to support the whole child and development
  • Current recommendations to promote healthy and balanced habits
  • Integrate technology and digital-based media in our daily lives with support of media mentors
  • Effective strategies to teach digital citizenship while increasing parent awareness of intentional use of technology and digital-based media to promote learning

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how to engage children with effective strategies to promote joint engagement through serve and return interactions using the "C's" of technology.
  2. Utilize technology and digital-based media as a tool with intentional engagement to identify new ways to connect and collaborate with others while supporting appropriate development.

Course Content

Technology and Screen-Time
SCORM Package
Next Steps
  1. Utilizing Technology as a Tool to Support Children
    • Foundational growth and developmental experiences
    • Technology and digital-based media research
    • Screen-time recommendations
    • The C's of technology
  2. Healthy and Balanced Tech Time
    • Joint engagement and co-viewing
    • Integration of technology and digital-based media
    • Media mentors, programs, and resources
Nisha S. Sanghvi, OTR/L is a licensed and certified occupational therapist with more than 19 years of experience in pediatrics. Ms. Sanghvi graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, school and home/community-based settings and provides trainings across the country. Ms. Sanghvi strongly believes in supporting children and empowering their families. She strives to help families understand and make the necessary adaptations to help their child be successful at home, school and the community. Ms. Sanghvi currently has her own practice, Integrated Pediatrics Inc., providing direct services, attending meetings to support children services and providing consultation services with schools and community-based programs to promote the success of children with different needs. Ms. Sanghvi currently serves on the governor appointed Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention, is a member of IL OT Association and member of the Zero to Three. Ms. Sanghvi strives to help give children the self-confidence and skills they need to succeed in everyday activities.


FINANCIAL: Nisha Sanghvi is compensated as the owner of Integrated Pediatrics and by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: Nisha Sanghvi serves on the Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention. She is a member of the ILOTA, where she also serves on the Illinois Early Intervention Special Interest Committee. She is also a member of the AOTA and Zero to Three.

Summit receives financial support for this course from Physitrack

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