My Assessment Approach is linked to a Functional Medicine Approach
Let me first biefly explain the difference between conventional medicine and a functional medicine approach.
In medicine, health refers to the sum total of the health of different systems in the body such as the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, the gastrointestinal system, etc.
Conventional medicine focus mainly on the treatment of disease.
Functional Medicine (FM) on the other hand shows a shift from the disease-centred approach of medical care to a more patient-centred approach. Identifying the root causes of a disease is very important in FM. Practitioners therefore spend time with their patients to listen to their histories (stories). They explore the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that may influence long-term health and chronic disease.
I hence make an effort to listen to the stories of my clients and to also talk to them about lifestyle factors such as:
- Eating habits
- Stress management
- Unhealthy habits, etc.
These factors can’t be ignored. Often learners and parents are unaware of the important role of these factors for optimal brain and learning health. In my intervention approach I thus address this.