Does your child struggle with sleep, emotional regulation and attention?
Children who struggle with sleep, emotional regulation and attention also often struggle with making positive social connections. Have you ever thought that there must be other solutions available in addition to or in lieu of medication or intense behavioral therapy? Adding Lifestyle Medicine services and interventions as alternative, effective, and evidence based solutions might be a great option for your child.
What Is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle medicine is a medical specialty that uses evidence based therapeutic lifestyle interventions as a primary modality to treat chronic conditions. Lifestyle medicine certified clinicians are trained to apply evidence-based, whole-person, prescriptive lifestyle change to treat and, when used intensively, often reverse such conditions. Applying the six pillars of lifestyle medicine—a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connections—also provides effective prevention for these conditions; as well as improves overall health and quality of life. ( Website to College of Lifestyle Medicine )
Why seek Lifestyle Medicine at Aaris Therapy Group, Inc?
Aaris Therapy Group, as our mission states, is committed to treating the “Whole Child for a Whole Life”- all facets of life matter. Lifestyle Medicine interventions address an individual and their family’s’ “Whole” life; and particularly how their lifestyle habits and routines may be impacting health, learning, and quality of life.
Lifestyle Medicine is comprised of 6 pillars:
- Physical Activity
- Positive Social Connections
- Stress Management
- Avoiding Risky Substances
How does it work?
A Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional is accredited through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine as a Diplomat (DipACLM). They are Board Certified to practice Lifestyle Medicine within their Profession (at Aaris Therapy this is through Occupational Therapy). The DipACLM Professional will assess the student/ family across these six pillars. The professional would then provide individualized recommendations and personalized coaching to walk you through implementing these recommendations into your daily routines.
An example of what it looks like?
After an assessment is completed, the DipACLM professional may make recommendations for sleep hygiene and/ or sleep routines to help a child fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer, and have more quality deep sleep. It may also look like recommendations in any of the 6 pillars assessed.