Learning difficulties and behavioural problems
Is your child’s behaviour becoming a problem? Do you suspect your child has a learning difficulty? Are they able to maintain their focus and concentrate? At Somerville Chiropractic we want all children to reach their full potential and are committed to achieving this.
We all want the best for our children
Helping our children to grow and develop both mentally and physically should always be a parent’s priority. With over 6% of school aged children now being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and 1 in 150 children now being diagnosed with autism, we must start asking ourselves the question, is there something we are missing when caring for our kids?
Even children that have no confirmed diagnosis, struggle with various aspects of cognitive function, judgement, memory, language development and problem solving.
What often contributes to a child’s decreased focus, poor concentration and even learning difficulties is their inability to switch off from distractions and let the brain quieten down. Some children find this incredibly challenging.
Where to begin…
Essentially, as parents we need to get the basics right. All children need to exercise and really exert themselves for short periods of time. They also need 10-12 hours sleep and eat a diet that contains whole foods and quality protein at every meal. Water should also be encouraged and anything processed or high in sugar should be discouraged.
What we can do
Behavioural problems or problems when learning are not a life sentence. There are definitely things you can do to improve the concentration and cognitive function of your child. Our Dietitian will look at a child’s genetic profile and identify the need for specific supplements such as vitamin and iodine. These two supplements are essential for healthy brain development and are commonly deficient in children in Australia. We can help to alleviate the causes of behavioural or learning difficulties by offering the correct dietary advice and supporting supplements.