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How Can I Help My 3 Year Old Wiuth ASD Let The Chiropractor Adjust His Spine?

How Can I Help My 3 Year Old Wiuth ASD Let The Chiropractor Adjust His Spine?

My 3 year old son with ASD needs to have his spine adjusted. He has a bad spot in his neck and in the middle. Both areas are causing trouble, so we need to get it fixed. I was able to get him to let the chiropractor feel his spine, but it was very scary for him. I made the doctor actually sing the ABC's up and down his spine, and that helped a lot, but my son was still very scared. We were also there for way too long, the wait was… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

There's a few things you can do. First when you make the appointment, explain that your child has Autism and waiting makes him very anxious. Ask if you can have the first appt of the day or the first one after lunch so there's no waiting.

If your child is verbal, you can prepare him by talking about the appt and how it will help him.

You can practice at home by having your son lie on his belly and you just rub his back. However, be observant on whether he likes light touch or heavy touch or this strategy may back-fire.

Have the chiropractor start small (just minor work) and gradually build the program to help your son start trusting. This approach works with dentists, massage therapists, eye doctors, etc.

Build a calm routine around going to the chiropractor. I did this when my son was getting blood draws regularly. So I always sang to him during the draw. And I tightly wrapped a blanket around him which helped him be calm. And if he handled it well, we would go get a cookie afterwards. These are just examples, you know your son so try things that you think will make a good routine for him.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Chiro and cranial sacral are great ways to help. Keeps them aligned and their neuron system working optimally.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Awesome!! My boys love it! I think it's a sensory thing. They lay face down on the table and even grab the activator and point to their back. Lol

posted over 7 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

It went GREAT!!!! Helped that I took him to my chiro office where he has been a lot with me. The new office I tried scared him too much. I don't know what it was about that place, but I don't think I'll ever bring him back there. My own chiro did wonderful with him. David was so good, you could hardly tell he had any issues! I am SO relieved!

posted over 7 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Oh, and I used the duration chart with a reward for him to focus on. It helped when he had a moment where he started to protest. Also, he was still little enough, the doctor had him lay on my chest to check him, so he was looking in my face and he felt secure and thought it was funny!

posted over 7 years ago
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