Chiropractic: A Key Approach to Care for Individuals With Developmental Delays

February 16, 2016
Hosted by Brooke Wagner

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Episode Description

In this episode host Brooke Wagner, will interview chiropractor and international presenter, Dr. Steve Tullius. We will learn more about how chiropractic care works, the way in which it supports individuals with special needs, and the types of improvements a patient may experience. In addition, Dr. Steve will share what a session commonly looks like and how he assesses the health of the nervous system. Finally, case studies will be imbedded into the discussion to paint a vivid picture of Dr. Steve's unique approach to supporting individuals with developmental delays.

Therapeutic Approach to Growth

Therapeutic Approach to Growth

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Therapeutic Approach to Growth offers a wide range of topics related to individuals with special needs and others that are struggling to be successful in life. We will share information that encourages growth, an increased understanding of the types of supports available, and to most importantly offer hope. We will have well-respected professionals and savvy parents who share, collaborate and express their viewpoints on what they have learned and experienced first-hand. We focus on building an individual’s sense of competence which will help them meet challenges in our dynamic world. Our show is heavily influenced by a treatment known as RDI-Relationship Development Intervention, however other professionals and specialists that we collaborate with will also be presenting their knowledge and expertise.

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Brooke Wagner

Brooke Wagner

Brooke Wagner, M. A. has supported individuals with special needs both locally and internationally since 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University, a Masters Degree in Human Behavior from National University, and is an RDI(r) Program Certified Consultant. In addition, Brooke is an RDI(r) supervisor through RDIConnect in Houston, Texas. In this role, she guides and supervises RDI(r) consultants in training through their supervision requirements. She has also received extensive training and experience in developing and implementing comprehensive programs utilizing RDI(r), ABA, Floortime, PRT, PECS, How Does Your Engine Run?, Handwriting Without Tears, Social Stories, Touch Math, and TEACCH.

Brooke believes in a supportive and comprehensive approach and therefore uses a variety of methodologies based on her past experiences when providing recommendations. In addition, she finds it necessary to regularly communicate with all other specialized therapists such as speech, OT, PT, etc. Brooke values supporting the community through outreach opportunities, sharing information and resources and connecting with clients and those impacted with developmental delays on a human level. She is the owner and clinical director of a private agency, Therapeutic Approach to Growth, Inc. which offers comprehensive services to individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities both nationally and internationally.

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Jackie had the privilege of receiving her RDI® clinical training by Dr. Rachelle Sheely, co-founder of the RDI® program. Jackie is passionate about providing each client and family that she works with, with a comprehensive and individualized program that meets their unique needs. Jackie truly enjoys seeing each client develop both as individuals and in their family relationships as they experience growth on many levels.
She will be hosting todays show for Brooke Wagner who is on vacation.
(Note: The RDI and CPI Interventions are not behavior-analytic in nature and are not covered by her BACB credential.) View Guest page

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