43 minutes | May 24, 2023
116 Behavior, Autism, Regulation and Polyvagal Theory - with Casey DePriest
The biggest variable in communication for Autistic kids / adults is REGULATION. In today’s podcast Casey DePriest explains Polyvagal Theory and how this explains behavior and regulation in our kids. Make sure to tune in now to learn: What is the difference between a top-down and bottom-up approach to behavior? Why asking a child to change their behavior doesn’t work The 3 types of movement challenges that Autistic kids face How do music and rhythm impact our children’s movement Why regulation is the most important part of communication And much more! You can find Casey at www.optimalaccess.org You can download 6 learning strategies/ hacks for your kid with Autism here: www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/learning
43 minutes | May 12, 2023
115 Light your child's brain with SULFORAPHANE
Episode 115 with Dr. Christine Houghton is a SULFORAPHANE SPOTLIGHT EPISODE. You will learn: Why sulforaphane is an effective gateway therapeutic molecule, How it can be used to build up gut healing in patients, Why food doesn’t work instead of supplements in this case, and What dosing looks like Why you shouldn’t just overload on broccoli Sit back, relax and let’s jump into Sulphoraphane. In the meantime, you can find Dr. Houghton on www.cell-logic.com.au, and you can find gut health tidbits at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/guthealth Please consider leaving me a review on your favorite podcast platform and share this episode with your friends and family. Thanks for listening!
21 minutes | May 5, 2023
114 Tracking Food and Behavior - Connect the dots
Welcome to Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids, the podcast that helps parents and practitioners support their children's growth and development through gut health, functional nutrition principles, and effective learning strategies. In this episode, host Dr. Vaish Sarathy speaks with Animesh Kumar, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Ocean Friends, a company that uses cutting-edge AI to help families manage nutrition and behavior for children with Autism. Animesh shares his personal story of struggle in finding the right care for his son with Autism, and how this led him to develop an innovative solution to help families track their child's food intake without the burden of traditional food logs and diaries. This is an episode you won't want to miss! Visit www.oceanfriends.ai to learn more and get started. If you loved this episode, please drop us a rating and review wherever you are listening!
49 minutes | Apr 28, 2023
113 Genetics and Nutrient Deficiencies with Amanda Archibald
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Amanda Archibald about the importance of diversity in food as medicine. We discuss: Why Euro-Centric cuisines could be completely missing the point for other cultures. The significance of polyphenols and bioactives in ancient cuisines, The interplay between genetics and nutrient deficiencies Why it is super important to start with food first! Neurotransmitters and Nutrient deficienicies This is a far-reaching podcast, and we also delved into inflammation, Omega-3s, genetics, arachidonic acid, vagus nerve activation and more! Finally, we touched upon the 3 most critical nutrients for children with learning disoders. You can find more or Amanda’s work at www.genomickitchen.com . If you enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to drop a review at www.ratethispodcast.com/vaish
13 minutes | Apr 7, 2023
112 How long should my child be Gluten Free?
In this episode, Dr. Vaish Sarathy answers the question of how long a child should be gluten-free. Tune in to learn about: how long it takes to be on a gluten free diet to see results the signs of success on a gluten free diet why studies can be contradictory in their results on whether going gluten free can help. the significance of gluten in children with Autism, Down Syndrome and Gut Issues is removing gluten enough? If you are looking for a course that will take you through the confusing maze of dietary interention, Roadmap to Attention and Regulation may be a good fit for you. www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/roar If you are overwhelmed by starting a diet without gluten, then my FREE Power Breakfast challenge is for you. Because we need to start somewhere - and where better than breakfast. It starts next week. So join me at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/powerbreakfast
33 minutes | Mar 24, 2023
111. Ten ways to help your child fall asleep with Deepa Kannan
If you are struggling with your child taking hours to fall asleep or waking up at odd times in the day, you are absolutely not alone. Some studies say that up to 80% of Autistic kids experience some form of sleep disturbance. Compared to neurotypical kids, Autistic kids were seen to be 2.6 times more likely to have a problem falling asleep, and 1.5 times more likely to have problems staying asleep. And if you are concerned about learning / focus / moods, you can pretty much forget about fixing these in the absence of a good night’s sleep. Sleep is a keystone habit! This means that poor sleep can affect every body system and all sorts of neurological Here are 10 strategies to help your child fall asleep from a discussion with Deepa Kannan, the Sleep Whisperer. I have curated the tips into a downloadable ebook - that you can find at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/sleeptips - Download that here.
9 minutes | Mar 17, 2023
110 Keystone Habits for Moods and Focus in children
In this episode of Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids, host Vaish talks about keystone habits and their impact on children's learning and behavior. From the importance of a blood sugar balancing breakfast to the quality of sleep and screen time, Vaish shares practical tips and insights on how parents and caregivers can make small but powerful changes to help their children reach their full potential. Tune in to discover the power of keystone habits and how they can transform your child's life. And don't forget to join Vaish's free Power Breakfast Challenge at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/powerbreakfast to take the first step towards building your child's daily stress resilience.
27 minutes | Mar 10, 2023
109 Ear Seeds and Anxiety in Kids with Robin Green
I am in conversation with Robin Green, an expert in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, as she shares her knowledge and experience with Ear Seeds, a non-invasive, pain-free acupressure technique that can benefit children with Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, and other disabilities. Discover how Ear Seeds can help alleviate symptoms such as anxiety, focus and memory issues, pain, digestive problems, and weight loss, without any side effects. Robin explains how Ear Seeds work by stimulating specific points on the ear that correspond to different areas of the body, and shares how children can even learn to activate their own parasympathetic nervous system by pressing on their ear seeds when needed. With the Ear Seeds Ambassadors Club and a comprehensive learning track on ear anatomy, parents can empower themselves to support their children's health and wellness. You can find this at https://www.thriveearseeds.com/ . Tune in to this podcast to learn more about how Ear Seeds can provide a natural, holistic approach to helping children with disabilities live their best lives. If you are new to the world of Functional Nutrition / Learning, or simply want learning strategies for your child with disabilities, download my free ebook at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/learning You are also invited to leave me a review at www.ratethispodcast.com/vaish
11 minutes | Feb 24, 2023
108 Educating Neurodiverse kids in a Neurotypical World - part 1
When your child learns in a Neurodivergent way - whether they have ADHD / are Autistic / have Down Syndrome, it is highly unlikely that a structured school environment that teaches concepts step-by-regimented step is working out for them. If you find your child stuck - learning the colors, learning the alphabet, learning numbers, it may be time to branch out. And by branching out, I mean dismissing the notion that addition is some sort of holy gateway to math. Move along the way of non-linear education - an interest based technique that allows your child to be a curious and effective learner. This podcast is a short dive in what Non-Linear Education means. If you want to learn more about non linear education, you can sign up for my course at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/nonlineareducation If you want to hear about the journey of non-speakers, the movie SPELLERS will have its grand premiere very soon. Keep your ears tuned!
34 minutes | Feb 17, 2023
107 Sleep, Attention and Behavior with Dr. Meghna Dassani
Is it Sleep or is it ADHD? You could really ask that question a million ways … Is it Blood Sugar Balance or is it ADHD? And so on… And it is likely both. The name of a collection of symptoms is different from the cause of the symptoms. In Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids we look at the Ins and Outs of Learning and Brain Health. What comes from the inside - nutrition and gut health, and what comes from the outside - learning skills and educational strategies. Sleep comes from both the inside and the outside, making it on of the most critical things in learning. Sleep Disorder and ADHD in Kids can have so many overlapping symptoms, per today’s guest Dr. Meghna Dassani. And if you think your child is sleeping well, please think again. Dr. Dassani packs a lot of information in this podcast - you can reach her at www.meghnadassani.com
25 minutes | Jan 27, 2023
106 Reading Comprehension - Cracking the Code with Dr. Marnie Ginsberg
“LIfe outcomes are poorer for kids who are not good readers” - says today’s featured guest Dr. Marnie Ginsberg. The truth of this statement is profound for neurotypical kids. Unfortunately, most kids with Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, or Autism are not even allowed to become good readers or to access material that is age appropriate. In episode 106 - we go into one specific area of Reading Comprehension - Cracking the Code. Dr. Marnie Ginsberg, Founder of Reading Simplified, is a reading difficulties detective who streamlines the science and art of reading instruction so teachers can rapidly learn effective techniques that help students accelerate to grade level and beyond. She also helps translate the latest understandings from science into practical, easy-to-implement activities. You can find Dr. Ginsberg at www.readingsimplified.com If you have concerns with Reading Comprehension for your child, I have 4 strategies in a free download for you at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/readingtools
37 minutes | Jan 13, 2023
105 Magnesium - the how, why and what form for Kids
Did you know that there are almost 120,000 published papers studying Magnesium in Pubmed, and 150 of them just study Magnesium supporting hyperactivity. Over 300 study the effects of Magnesium and sleep and over 2000 publications study Magnesium and depression and it goes on. In fact last I looked, you could type in Magnesium and ANYTHING and you’d find a study for it. But should you do Magnesium Glycinate or Magnesium Sulfate or Magnesium Citrate Today’s guest Laura Collinwood, Registered Nurse and Holistic Health Coach, talks to us about the importance and all-pervasiveness of Magnesium - the different types and when and why they are important. Magnesium can be a phenomenal support for Autistic people in that it supports anxiety, hyperactivity, constipation and sleep - symptoms that often co-exist. To know exactly what forms to use and where (a sort of bullet-point summary of this podcast) get your Magnesium Toolkit here: https://www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/magnesium You can also reach Laura and her fantastic Magnesium Products at https://www.health-and-wisdom.com/ - Coupon MAG10 will give you 10% off.
34 minutes | Dec 19, 2022
104 Sound Therapies for Learning and Regulation with Ange Anderson
I am chatting with experienced Special Educator Ange Anderson. And this is a unique episode in that it ended up being a pretty exhaustive list of various sound therapies that Ange has used over the years and has found to be impactful in improving her students’ regulation. Among other things we talk about: Sound Baths Music Therapy Auditory Integration Therapy, etc. I often talk about 6 things you can do to start impacting learning right away - and these are in my free ebook - www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/learning. To this, I would add Auditory Integration Therapy as a 7th. Here’s a link to Ange’s book If you enjoyed this podcast, please do drop a review!
41 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
103 It is a VATA generation of kids - with Nidhi Pandya
What’s common between Salads, cold milk, and lack of sleep? Nidhi Pandya, Ayurvedic Practitioner explains that every one of these can lead to increased Vata which is a common core of most neurological issues. Join me as I discuss how and why thousand year old Ayurvedic frameworks are still relevant today in treating diseases and dysfunction, that may never have been discussed in ancient times. We discuss: Why Ayurvedic principles still work today Gut Health per Ayurvedic dosha type Why today’s kids are a Vata generation 8 steps for an Ayurvedic lifestyle that can help kids with Autism, ADHD or neurological issues. You can reach Nidhi at https://www.instagram.com/my_ayurvedic_life/ https://nidhipandya.podia.com/decode-digestive-disorders Nidhi talks about gut health in this podcast. If you want to get started on Gut Health basics for your child with Down syndrome or Autism, hop on to www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/guthealth and get your free guide.
52 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
102 The Experience of Trauma in Mothers with Dr. Aimie Apigian
“When we have trauma patterns in our nervous system, the only possible outcome are behaviors that come from a trauma place.” Today’s episode is all about TRAUMA and the NERVOUS SYSTEM. Until this episode, I freely admit that I might have had a misunderstanding of trauma as an event, as opposed to an experience. Dr. Aimie calls it as anything that leaves a lasting effect on the body. Whether you have experienced Trauma, or care for someone who may have experienced Trauma, I hope this episode steers toward an understanding of Trauma and How to Unravel it. You can reach Dr. Aimie at https://www.traumahealingaccelerated.com/ and find the 21-day Journey she recommends. If you are finding this podcast valuable, I would deeply appreciate a review at https://ratethispodcast.com/vaish
37 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
101 Ayurveda and Bio-Individual Medicine for Kids with KP Khalsa
Do traditional systems of medicine align with modern understanding of disease? The one question on my mind has always been that a lot of the disorders and dysfunctions we see today are rather new, at least in their extent and prevalence. How do Ayurveda or Chinese Medicine provide us with answers? Also, how far do we feel comfortable veering from traditional food practices, and moving away from foods like wheat and dairy, that were once considered nourishing? KP Khalsa, herbalist, nutritionist, yoga teacher and educator answers these questions in this episode. KP has an exclusive free gift for our listeners at https://go.internationalintegrative.com/natural-solutions-for-autism/
13 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
100 How I taught my son the binary system of numbers at age 9
Did you know I taught the binary system of numbers to my son when he was maybe 9 years old. Not only that - at the time he could go back and forth between the binary and decimal system for small numbers. The twist is that my son has Down Syndrome, is Autistic and non-speaking. But I wouldn’t classify him as a genius. Over years I have worked on and refined a process that I call Non-Linear Education - that I have used to help my son overcome barriers - both imposed by society and sometimes by his multiple diagnoses. In this podcast, I talk you through the 7 steps involved in teaching complex math (or science) to your child with Autism or Down Syndrome or other disability. Download / Print the 7 steps at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/binary If you have enjoyed this podcast, I would love it if you could leave a review wherever you are listening!
34 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
99 Growth and Nutrition in Kids with Dr. Bill Sears [includes special segment on Down Syndrome]
There is often a correlation between how a child eats and how they learn. Dr. Bill Sears in this podcast talks about 4 points that he teaches kids and parents to focus on: Go Fish Go Green Go Nuts, and Go Blue I am so excited to interview someone whose work I have followed so closely when my kids were younger. I am pretty sure I was on the “askdrsears.com" website all the time. In this episode Dr. Bill Sears talks about how he addresses growth issues in his practice, and does a special segment just for us on how to further help children with Down syndrome who have growth issues. Gut Health and Growth Ebook www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/guthealth
54 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
98 Moving your child with Down Syndrome beyond Purees - with Dr. Kay Toomey
How can your child progress beyond purees? Today’s episode is part 2 in the series on Feeding Disorders in Down Syndrome - we are continuing on from Episode 92 with Dr. Kay Toomey who leads us a beautifully detailed explanation on the hierarchy of what feeding should like, especially in children with Down syndrome. This particular episode comes with several handouts that Dr. Kay Toomey references. I recommend that you have all of these opened while listening to the podcast - to give you the best experience. You can go to www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/feedingsos to get these handouts and my own set of notes that you can print out. You can find Dr. Toomey at www.sosapproachtofeeding.com CLICK HERE FOR THE HANDOUTS
10 minutes | Jul 23, 2022
97 TWO biggest myths in nutritional interventions
TWO biggest myths in nutritional interventions (and the reason most dietary changes don’t work). Did you know that 10-30% of children with ADHD don’t respond to medication, or worse, experience adverse effects to these medications? It is high time to try easier and more effective strategies such as dietary changes for brain health. If Food is Medicine, there should be nothing that can go wrong when you enter the area of Nutritional Interventions, right? No, there are two huge areas where people slip up over and over again, and this is the reason "healing" diets don't work for many many people. MYTH 1: Everything is OK in moderation. If you are trying to make active change, it is important that the areas that are healing are significantly higher than the areas that are inflammatory. In fact, at least for a short time, you may need to shut off the inflammatory foods. This is of course hard, because inflammatory food is usually addictive. But taking every food that causes inflammation out of the diet is almost impossible. That is why, in my signature course offering R.O.A.R [Roadmap to Attention and Regulation] - which is open for enrollment now, I take care to not stress the parent with too many factors to control and remove. R.O.A.R. [Enroll or Waitlist] Psychiatric Times Article