Wouldn’t it be lovely if the answers were simple and obvious? If your child struggles with X, you see Practitioner Y, who does Z, and all is good! Ah, if only. Especially with complex children, this is a frustratingly rare outcome. (Children with ADHD or autism automatically count as ‘complex,’ by the way.)

No two children are the same, even if they have identical diagnoses. There are too many factors involved in every case, too many differences in overall health and exact symptomology. Even temperament can affect whether an approach will or won’t work with a child. Plus, pediatricians are not always aware of all the possibilities, and often have only a few standard suggestions. Beyond that, you’re on your own to figure out what will be the key to unlock your child’s issues.

Child Decoded offers a number of possible answers. There is almost always more than one way to skin a disorder. Each chapter lists the kinds of practitioners who can work with a particular issue, and includes questions you can ask to get a better idea of how they work. We have also included a section on CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) approaches that have been successful. Many families are unwilling to wait for clinical proof of something that is clearly already working, and have found valuable answers in the world of CAM.