When I’m talking to families about their children or an adult that may be having challenges connecting, engaging, communicating with their world, or having challenges with behavior, learning, and socialization, I always talk about how we have to ask and answer the two big questions.

These questions are critical to understanding what’s going on and how we can help.

The first question we have to ask and answer, and we do this by observation (through talking to the parents – mom and dad are diagnostic gold). We have to be able to ask very specific questions, which we do for parents – we cannot just define their kids by their challenges, and then take a very targeted clinical exam to ask and answer the first question, which is:

What tools is your child using to process their world?

We can see how they’re inefficiently processing things, and we can see what things they’re not doing well.That’s typically how the clinical approach defines them: as the things that they don’t do, and the things that they can’t do.

We’re different.  We’re interested in what are they doing well.  How are they processing the world, and what does that tell us about the brain?

That leads us to our second question, which is equally important:

Are there any clinical indicators that we can measure in our exam of changes or challenges or inefficiencies in the way the brain is receiving, processing, and sending information about the outside world?

These challenges or inefficiencies are certainly going to change the way your child engages and connects and learns from their world, which can cause even more challenges.

The first thing we have to do is see beyond the deficits of the behaviors. What we do at Spoelstra Family Chiropractic and the FOCUS program™ is we have to be able to ask and answer those two big questions.