Step one is making sure you have an office that is a safe place to land for not only the kids you are working with but also their parents! By implementing a few simple upgrades, you can make massive progress in creating a smooth environment for kids and adults living in chronic stress!
- Create prediction in your procedures. Make sure to send a video or picture message of what they can expect when they come to your office for the first time.
- Create a few choices for the kids at each potentially stressful step of being in your office. For example: Do you want to be adjusted in room A or B today?
- Allow for one space with lower sensory demand where a family or child can wait, or allow them to wait in their car to lower sensory and processing demand before their adjustment.
- Learn to be flexible in your assessment when needed! It’s ok if you have to modify your procedure at times. You may need to check a child seated instead of prone or in the waiting room instead of in the adjusting room!