Have you worked with children who just haven’t enjoyed their adjustments?
What approach have you taken? How do you manage your time with kids appointments?
Do you know best way to approach the consult when you have a squirmy child?
Enjoy watching today’s video where I share some tips on being able to get the consult completed!
There are some age groups that can be a little difficult to work with.
Children between 7-12 months and 2 -2.5yrs can start to be assertive when they come for their adjustments. Squirming away from you, pushing your hands away and generally being uncooperative.
Working with kids in this age group may sometimes be more difficult and take more time.
So how do you manage to stick to your schedule and your allocated adjustment time if you have kids that start to squirm, wriggle, cry or run away?
The best way is to prioristise and see what needs our immediate attention.
1. What did they come in with?
What findings were most significant?
Was it neck pain? Torticollis?
Stiff lower back? –
Is the child in pain?
If they have come to you due to an injury or process that places that child in distress, then that takes first priority.
Locate your objective, get in, do the work, get out.
2. If the child is not in acute pain then what was the biggest area of dysfunction you found at your initial consult?
Where does that sit in the order of importance?
I focus a lot of my attention on the dural system.
For me, if I only have the child’s attention for one or two adjustments or corrections before they become uncooperative – as many children do – then the dural work is next.
After the dural work I’ll run through my usual check
· occiput / C1 & sacrum
Now what about when it comes to re-exams?
How do you get all of your testing done and your adjustments as well?
If the child is not cooperating, its best to reschedule the re-exam.
Just because they are scheduled for a re-exam that day doesn’t mean it can’t be rescheduled and a normal adjustment is done that day.
Otherwise aim to get a few tests done now and split it over two appointments.
Your re-exam needs to be a true reflection of how that child’s body is functioning.
There is no use doing an exam if they are having an off day.
Do you have a priority list for your adjustments?
Perhaps you have a totally different approach to the kids in your practice?
I’d love to see your tips, ideas and comments below.
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