Treating the Whole Child (slideshow)
September 25, 2011
Treating The Whole Child, SPARC 2011 Conference in Largo, FL. September 25, 2011, David Berger, MD, FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician, Owner at Wholistic Pediatrics, Tampa , FL and Assistant Professor at University of South Florida College of Nursing
The Medical Home is a place a family can go to provide all needs for their child. Besides providing individualized, high quality care, a medical home should be able to provide a network of specialists, therapists, counselors, and educators so that all needs of the patient/family is met.This model is what is being advocated by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US-Department of Health and Human Services.
When treating the whole child, we first need to discuss “prevention.” It is my belief that there are steps that a family takes prior to conception, during pregnancy, and infancy that can reduce the likelihood of a child having developmental, intestinal, or immunological issues. This is a lecture all its own, which I gave three years ago at this conference, and I would direct interested families to the Lectures section at www.wholisticfamilycare.com, Power Point Presentation (slide Show): “Prevent Harm Now: How to Carry, Birth, and Raise a Healthy Child in a Toxic World” SPARC Conference, September 2008.
About “Recovery” The goal of treatment is recovery: defined as a more rapid developmental trajectory, restoration of specific functions and, in the best case, a normal life. Recovery is NOT the same as a cure.