ACA Pediatrics Council

Connect and learn, Summer Safety, Member Minute, & More

ACA Peds Private FB Group REBOOT: Join Today

Join the members-only facebook group of the ACA Pediatrics Council. This is an open forum for posing questions or comments about the practice of pediatric chiropractic. Our executive council moderates this page and should be a valuable resource for any questions regarding cases, techniques, practice growth and management, etc. We hope you enjoy and utilize the ACA Pediatrics Council Private Group!

To join our council, please visit our website to download a membership application:

Membership is free for students!

Benefits of joining:

  • Valuable resource for doctors and students to openly interact with ACA Pediatrics Council Members
  • Ask questions or share ideas related to patient/clinical cases, treatments or practice management tips
  • Post about job openings, internship opportunities or requests
  • Mentorship for docs and students alike


Tips to share- Swimming Safely

How to Watch Kids Around Water

  1. Watch kids when they are in or around water. Keep young children and weak swimmers within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure more experienced swimmers are with a partner every time.
  2. Choose a Water Watcher. When there are several adults present, choose one to be responsible for watching children in or near the water for a certain period of time, such as 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, select another adult to be the Water Watcher.
  3. Avoid distractions when your child is in or around water. Drowning is often silent and can occur in less than five minutes, so it is important to give your child all of your attention. Put away phones, books and magazines.

How to Teach Your Child to Swim

  1. Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
  2. Make sure kids learn these five water survival skills.
    • Step or jump into water over their head and return to the surface.
    • Turn around in the water and orient to safety.
    • Float or tread water.
    • Combine breathing with forward movement in the water.
    • Exit the water.

Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills. It is important to know how to respond in an emergency without putting yourself at risk of drowning. Learning these skills may help you save a life. These tips and more can be found at

The survey says....

According to the latest Chiropractic Economics survey, chiropractic is doing well, even in the midst of a pandemic, while the gender gap further narrows.

  • Of the Chiropractic Economics survey respondents— 51% of those surveyed say gross billings are up, and 49% say their collections are increasing.
  • A narrowing gender gap in the demographics was noted, as in recent years the roughly 80/20 split between male and female practitioners has changed very slowly, despite an almost 50/50 split between males and females enrolled in chiropractic schools.
  • Read the full article HERE

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Make plans to learn & grow with ACA Pediatrics

October 16-17, 2021 the ACA CCP will host a virtual education event. Speakers and sessions focused on Pediatric Trauma. Watch our social media channels and upcoming newsletters for more details!

Thanks for tagging #ACAPEDS @ACAPEDIATRICSCOUNCIL in your practice pics!

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Help support more research in pediatric chiropractic

Donation Toda

To hear more about Dr. Katie Pohlman's COURSE research project check out this Video: ​COURSE Project

What does the research say about chiropractic care of infants?

Strategies to Enhance Person-centeredness

Person-centeredness: an approach to health care focused on the person, placing high importance on

being respectful and responsive to individual preferences, needs, and values.

In an ACA blog post entitled, "Developing Person-Centeredness: A Continual Process", Anna-Marie Schmidt, MM, DC, and Robert D. Vining, DC, DHSc discuss strategies to enhance person-centeredness in your practice.

  1. Focus on the patient.” Take a moment before the patient encounter to personally prepare your thoughts and focus on the individual with whom you are about to engage.
  2. “Establish a connection with the patient.” Consciously establish an interpersonal connection with the patient by developing rapport. An intellectual connection should also be made. This could be through assuring the patient you will address what is important to both of you and collaboratively setting goals for the encounter.
  3. “Assess the patient’s response to illness and suffering. An interest in how the individual’s health is impacting their everyday lives both physically and emotionally should be explored.
  4. “Communicate to foster healing.” Communication should be authentic, non-judgmental and demonstrate sensitivity.
  5. Use the power of touch.” A gentle touch to the area that hurts is a powerful tool. Consider starting with a warm handshake first.
  6. “Laugh a little.” When used discerningly, laughter can be a useful tool in establishing rapport and making individuals comfortable.
  7. “Show some empathy.” Verbally communicate empathy by acknowledging the patient’s experience or feelings, such as “That must be difficult” or “This is a real problem for you.” Read the full article with research links HERE
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Introducing, ACA Peds Research Chair, Dr. Jessie Young

Dr. Jessie Young is a Pediatric and Perinatal Chiropractor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) specializing in infants with breastfeeding issues. She has completed advanced training in these fields allowing her to help the tiniest of patients have a successful start. She enjoys working closely with other healthcare professionals to provide the most comprehensive and highest quality care possible. She also has a special interest for helping those suffering from TMJ dysfunction, pregnancy related pain and postpartum physical rehabilitation. As a 2009 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, Dr. Young has focused her continuing education over the years on pediatrics and women’s health. She is trained in a wide variety of techniques to help people of all ages address many different health concerns. Many pregnant people seek out care with Dr. Young for the Webster technique but she can meet her patient’s needs with the most gentle touch using myofascial, kinesotaping and craniosacral techniques or with more traditional approaches with modified gentle adjustments, exercise and graston techniques. Dr. Young is a member of the American Chiropractic Association Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics where she currently volunteers as the Research Chair helping to promote contributions to research and advancements in Pediatric Chiropractic. In her free time Dr. Young enjoys spending time with her two children and husband. They like to hike, visit beaches and cook vegan and gluten-free cuisines from around the world.

Share your passion, knowledge, and expertise!

Submit your application for the newly formed ACA CCP Speakers Bureau. Applications may be submitted to Dr. Mary Beth Minser,

Do you have minute?

As part of this community, we want to connect with you, learn more about who you are, and know who we can refer patients to. We are looking for members of the ACA Pediatrics Council to feature on our website and social media pages.

Would you like to be featured as our member of the month? Member Minute consists of a one minute video of you answering your favorite questions below an introducing yourself. Please take a few minutes to answer these questions, and email your responses with a video to us.

Application for Member Minute

  • Full name:
  • Company Name:
  • Website:
  • Pick one or more of the following questions to answer:
  • Why did you become a chiropractor?
  • What motivates you to serve your community?
  • Do you have an area of expertise?
  • What is your favorite thing about being part of the pediatrics council?
  • Who do you love providing care for, who can we send your way?
  • What 3 words would you use to describe the ACA pediatrics council?
  • How has being involved with the ACA helped your career?
  • What is your favorite pediatric chiropractic memory or case?
  • What advice do you have for doctors considering joining the ACA pediatrics council?
  • Share one thing you do for fun.

Please send an email to our membership chair, Dr. Jo Nell Shaw at, include a headshot/photo you’d like used with your answers, a video answering any of the above questions, and links to your business’ social media profiles.

Thank you for your continued support of the ACA Pediatrics Council!

Together, we are working to advance the field of chiropractic pediatrics.

We would like to highlight some of the benefits of being a member:

  • Increases your visibility as a doctor of chiropractic who serves the pediatric community.

  • You are placed on a Find A Chiropractor list for colleagues to use or for the public to

    find a chiropractor who treats pediatric patients, increasing your patient base.

  • Helps align yourself with other doctors of chiropractic who are like minded

    in providing pediatric care and increased networking opportunities.

  • Provides opportunities to expand your educational resources.

  • Attending an annual symposium that highlights great speakers on multiple pediatric topics.

  • Discounted registration fees on educational courses and yearly symposium.

  • A complimentary subscription to Journal of Chiropractic Medicine

  • Social media messaging and interaction with colleagues through the council’s

    Facebook and Instagram accounts.

  • Helps you market to your pediatric community… and much more.

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Join or Renew!

There are so many more advantages to being a member that will enhance your pediatric practice. We invite students and first year graduates to join, as their membership fees are FREE! General membership is only $85.00 for ACA members.

ACA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics

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The views and comments expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ACA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics or the American Chiropractic Association.