We need to understand clinically what those challenges are telling us about how a child is learning, engaging and connecting with their world – not just how they’re not doing it.
For example, if I see a hyperactive child – a child who needs to move their body in order to touch things in order to process their world – that tells me a lot about where they are in their development. It tells me where they are in brain development, in processing and efficiency in the way that they connect, learn and process their world.
We then have to be able to take very specific case history in our exam process and in our consultation process, to look for the clinical information – the little gems along the way – that tells us how they’ve moved through development and develop these tools. This information is incredibly important to really understanding how we can help.
Then we, in our clinical exam, have to be able to actually have objective clinical tests, to give us more information about why a child might be engaging and using the tools to process their world.
We do all of this in our exam and our consultation process to get to the root cause and find solutions for why children may be having challenges, engaging in learning and connecting with their world.