One of the most common questions I receive from parents interested in my program is related to the age of their child.
Parent: “Dr. Serpe is my child old enough for care?” “Dr. Serpe what is a good age to seek help for my ADD son?” and the like.
I have an answer for you specifically for you below:
Children below age 4 are simply too young to understand how to perform the specific neurologic activities but can receive chiropractic and nutritional help so we have an entry level program.
Children between age 5-6 years old are evaluated for retained primitive reflexes and brain mapping.
Some may be accepted into care at this level. Others may be ready for at home neurologic activities before they are ready for more involved care. This is the perfect age to set the stage for future care.
A good analogy would be how an orthodontist will use a “spacer” prior to applying braces once the child is ready.
Children between 7-12 years old.
In my opinion this is the “sweet spot” for care for the following reasons: children understand how to perform the neurologic activities, educationally the timing couldn’t be more critical for them to receive help and they are young enough to follow the direction of their parents. These developmental years are key to setting the stage for the next most important developmental time age 13-16.
Children between age 13-16 are in the middle of the second and final brain developmental period of their lives. This key time occurs as the brain is literally rewiring itself from that of the child to the mind of an adult. Many important processes are changing and this is an ideal time to guide those changes. The downside of working with children at this age is their level of independence. We all understand how independent and defiant teenagers can be at times. This can make following dietary and neurologic recommendations difficult but not impossible.
Our office has a great deal of experience helping children and parents navigate the special needs of this age.
Children/Young Adults age 17-22. One of the most pressing issues at this age are the higher academic demands of college or that of entering the job market. Let’s face it college is costly and the additional freedom of college life can leave some students at a loss when it comes to self discipline and focus. Grades can falter and costs can rise if additional course time is needed for graduation.
Employers expect focused performance from their employees. In essence, our ability to success and thrive in life is directly related to our ability to stay focused and organized.
Adults with AD/HD between age 20-60. Having difficulty keeping up with the demands and pressures of holding down a job, raising a family and keeping a house? Many adults battle with ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, INSOMNIA and the inability to focus. This can affect employment and relationships leading to a high financial cost. Untreated ADD people experience higher levels of unemployment and divorce. We can help.
Our program takes a comprehensive look at neurologic performance. By following the rules of known neurologic development and health, dietary requirements and targeted supplemental needs for optimal focus and performance we can create a specific plan for your child.
Our office has been able to restore confidence for both the student, parents, and adult AD/HD sufferer alike. We’ve had students that can now form and sustain lasting relationships with their peers, sit quietly in the classroom, have less test anxiety because they know they can control their attention and complete their homework in an appropriate amount of time.
All this without dependence on medications. An organized, “get to the root causes” approach to helping people in our community. Our mission is to give your child the best chance for a great life.
Let me be frank. I have four kids (3 boys and a girl) from ages 13 through 19. I know that I would do anything…anything…to give them the best life possible. And, I know you feel the same way about your child.
From one parent to another I’d be honored to meet with you and your child. During your initial visit we will map the electrical activity of their brain and perform a neurologic examination. We will sit down together so I can listen to and understand your concerns.
Call my staff today at 630.357.2299. They are parents too. They will listen to you and answer all of your questions regarding how our program works.
To Your Kids Future,
Joseph M. Serpe, D.C.