Working with kiddos, you have to be adaptable. Especially during the stranger wariness stage most children experience from 6 to 24 months of age. It is not uncommon for a baby to change their tolerance to new people seemingly overnight once they start to become aware of the concept of stranger vs. familiar. Early into my practice I realized the kids I adjust needed a buddy to help ease them into adjustments once they hit their stranger wariness days, even if they'd been getting adjusted already.
This is when Chicken found his home at Liberation! I was working with a boy who would only speak a few words to me (when he wasn't crying) but the first time he REALLY spoke to me was when I asked him what we should name my new, green dinosaur. He said, "CHICKEN!" rather enthusiastically and from that day on Chicken was my MVP for pediatric adjusting.
Now, Chicken waits dutifully in my adjusting bay until he is needed. I like to start out the appointment introducing everyone to Chicken and showing the littles how he loves to get adjusted. He demonstrates how they will lay on the table and he helps me show them how some of my tools work. He even receives hugs from children waiting on their mom or dad to get adjusted.
It is my goal to help your kids overcome some of the white coat fear they may have experienced at other practitioners' offices and make their adjustments a fun time for them!
Dr. Tiffany is a chiropractor at Liberation Chiropractic & Wellness in Mobile, AL. Her passion is corrective chiropractic care for all ages that goes beyond just aches and pains to restore the spine to the best condition possible so that her patients' bodies may function properly.