When it’s time to listen, do you ever notice your child’s brain just “go savage”?
I just got done doing what we call a report of findings with the cutest, coolest kid which got me thinking. If you have ever followed any of our videos/posts or been to our workshops, you may know when we look at kids under the Perfect Storm umbrella of sensory challenges, ADHD, etc, we usually break them into groups. There are raging bull kiddos, which are the impulsive anxiety, and hyperactive kiddos, and there are the drunken bull kiddos, which are focused in concentration, memory, and emotional regulation challenges. The third camp is a combination of those two, but most kids have a predominant or what we would call primary category.
Stuck on Savage Mode
This kiddo I just got done meeting with is absolutely a raging bull. As I was explaining to him and his parents how the nervous system works, how subluxation and stress on the nervous system lead to these challenges and how we’d be able to help him with chiropractic, he really opened up. He described to me what his challenges are and explained that a lot of times when he is supposed to be doing his homework or listening to his mom or teacher, that his brain and body just go “savage”.
His parent’s main goals are to help with his concentration and focus in school, to help him fall asleep easier at night, and another huge intent is to help with his addiction to video games. So many raging ball kiddos are extra hooked and attracted to video games because the challenge that’s causing their ADHD, anxiety and raging bull challenges is an overstressed, stuck on fight or flight nervous system. It is internally overstimulated via this thing we call subluxation, so the sympathetics are running the show – that’s the gas pedal and the stress fight or flight system. In turn, when there’s that subluxation, the brake pedal – which is the calm, concentration, emotional coordination, and regulation – is suppressed. So it’s no wonder these kids love video games because it’s nonstop, full-speed action.
How to Help Your Child Get Unstuck
A child whose nervous system is subluxated and stuck in that sympathetic mode is only going to be comfortable in sensory seeking, talking, touching, moving, grooving, fidgeting activities. They’re comfortable there because that’s what their brain is used to doing. So what we try to do for so many of these kiddos is put in discipline, changes or workarounds that say you can’t get to that, you can’t have your video game unless you do your homework first.
Their brain is wildly uncomfortable doing homework because it’s quiet and calm. So that is a nightmare sort of step for them to get over in order to get to their favorite thing in the world. What we actually need to do is back that all the way up and ask, why are they struggling so much in the quiet and concentration times? Why is it so easy and addicting for them to be in high-stress situations? It’s because the brain is in a constantly high-stress situation. That’s what subluxation in the perfect storm does.
If this sounds like your kiddo, who struggles to fall asleep, concentrate, listen, follow directions and is just going, going, going too fast all the time, but they love video games and all that sensory-seeking, high-energy stuff, you need to learn how to get their nervous system unstuck and unsubluxated. That would be at one of our workshops or a workshop at one of your local PX Pediatric Chiropractor’s offices. At our Perfect Storm workshops, we give all of the answers, the science, solutions and drug-free action steps you can take to help in these situations. We want to help your child’s brain go less savage and be able to calm down, balance out and be healthy, no matter what environment and situation they’re in. If you’re not local to PWC Chiropractic, don’t worry, we train hundreds of chiropractors all over the globe who do the Perfect Storm workshops and webinars. Check out our PX Docs website to find one local near you.
Please share this with a mom, dad or somebody whose child is too much on the gas pedal and in savage mode and too little on the brake pedal, calm down mode. Let’s help some more kiddos get out of savage mode and into a successful, healthy and thriving mode like they’re supposed to be.