Learn About the Pediatric Nervous System with Dr. Laura Hanson
When I started down the road with pediatrics I was just like most chiropractors. I learned a little about pediatrics in school and I wanted to attract the whole family into the practice. Over the years I had many special cases that made me realize I didn’t know everything I needed to know about the pediatric population.

The first thing that intrigued me about children is that they recover so quickly. At that time I was seeing kids who were considered completely healthy and I couldn’t help but wonder what it was about them that made them soar just because of a chiropractic adjustment. Then over the years there were more difficult cases where children couldn’t handle sounds or touch. As a chiropractor I felt limited because I couldn’t adjust them. Their nervous systems couldn’t handle it for a variety of reasons. This made me really want to dive in to pediatrics.

I became a pediatric development expert through the ICA. When I became a neurodevelopmental therapist through the Institute of Neurophysiological Psychiatry is when things really changed. I understood the origin of the reflex system and its huge role in wiring up the nervous system. It has taken numerous years to acquire the skills that I have but I continue to go out and lecture in our chiropractic community. I am still so amazed that their are so many chiropractors that do not have a solid knowledge of pediatric development.

Not everybody wants to go through numerous programs and that is completely understandable but I am asking you to reach out to an expert like myself, who can help guide you and help you acquire some of this information. It is important to understand the role the nervous system plays especially in the first eight years of life. If you are treating children you should have a foundation in pediatrics.

I have created developmental bags for chiropractors to use with pediatric patients. They are geared toward the age of the child and what you are supposed to do is choose a toy from the bag and watch how the child engages with the toy while you are interviewing the mother. This will allow you to observe what the neurological and chronological age is. This is going to begin your examination process. From there you will have an idea how this child interacts with their environment, what their neurological age is, and this guides you into how to examine the child. After you have examined the patient and filled out the forms, I want you to send them to me and we can work side by side in setting up your management plan. There are several manuals that go with this program in addition to the neurological toys as well as the one-on-one coaching. So please consider this in your approach to learn more about pediatrics. I am here to serve and I look forward to working with you.