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[Used to be called Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids]

A podcast that explores Learning and Brain Health from the inside out in children with disabilities such as Autism and Down Syndrome.

Follow to learn how to optimize your child's learning by finding:

-Learning Strategies
-Communication that works
-Nutrition specific to Brain Health
-Gut Health, and more

Non Linear Learning Dr. Vaish Sarathy

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[Used to be called Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids]

A podcast that explores Learning and Brain Health from the inside out in children with disabilities such as Autism and Down Syndrome.

Follow to learn how to optimize your child's learning by finding:

-Learning Strategies
-Communication that works
-Nutrition specific to Brain Health
-Gut Health, and more

    148 Financial Planning for your child with disability

    148 Financial Planning for your child with disability

    We explore essential planning for parents of children with disabilities with CPA and estate attorney James Lange!
    Note and disclaimer - this episode deviates from our previous episodes in that it is about financial planning and how to provide for our kids after us. Please use your usual due diligence and research before implementing these strategies. Also please note that this episode is very US-centric.
    James shares his personal experience and provides valuable insights, emphasizing three critical steps: getting the child approved for SSI or SSDI, creating a special needs trust for estate planning, and optimizing taxes through Roth IRA conversions.
    James offers a free book, 'Retire Secure for Parents of a Child with a Disability,' and a virtual summit for further resources and support.
    Connect with James Lange at www.paytaxeslater.com and explore his book, “Retire Secure for Parents of a Child with a Disability,” for more detailed guidance.

    • 33 min
    147 [Encore] Picky Eating and Down Syndrome - the fundamentals with Dr. Kay Toomey

    147 [Encore] Picky Eating and Down Syndrome - the fundamentals with Dr. Kay Toomey

    Today’s episode is one of a kind - an expert leads us into incredible detail into the physical and physiological principles behind picky eating and other feeding disorders, specially in children and adults with Down syndrome.
    If that sounds complex, I assure you that while it is complex, it is not complicated. Dr. Kay Toomey, in this episode talks to us about postural stability and breathing and how they relate to Feeding Delays. 
    I love it when an expert takes us back to the basics. We are often so busy looking for hacks to a particular issue that we lose track of the fundamentals. This episode is just that - a journey back to the very basics, so we can pick up what we missed and address the root cause of picky eating.
    You can find Dr. Toomey at www.sosapproachtofeeding.com and you can find her freebie made just for you - a collection of Low Oral Motor Demand Foods at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/feedingsos
    Clicking on the above link will also give you an ACTION handout of this podcast. 
    Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

    • 46 min
    146 Upgrade your Vagus Nerve with Dr. Navaz Habib

    146 Upgrade your Vagus Nerve with Dr. Navaz Habib

    We explore the vagus nerve, your body’s communication superhighway some more this week, with Dr. Navaz Habib!
    Upgrading the vagus nerve is key to anti-inflammatory activity, to supporting nervous system function and mood regulation. 
    If you are looking to reduce your child’s anxiety, to help them switch easily from fight-or-flight to rest-and-digest, here are a few ways Dr. Navaz suggests:
    Supporting Nutrition and Gut Health [download your gut health kit here]


    Finding your breath: Diaphragmatic breathing through your nose [Use this link to explore your breath with Dr. Vaish - she is a volunteer teacher in this breathing workshop]
    You can connect with Dr. Navaz Habib at drnavazhabib.com or www.healthupgraded.com
    He is the host of "The Health Upgrade Podcast" and the author of the book "Upgrade Your Vagus Nerve." 
     

    • 52 min
    145- [Encore] Magnesium - the how, why and what form for Kids

    145- [Encore] 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/ 
    This is a repost of a previous episode, previously published on Jan 16, 2023
    Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

    • 37 min
    144 From Letters to Lyrics: An Interview with Autistic Playwright Sofi Ghassaei

    144 From Letters to Lyrics: An Interview with Autistic Playwright Sofi Ghassaei

    In this episode, Dr. Sarathy interviews Sofi Ghassaei, a remarkable and accomplished 20-year-old Autistic Poet and Playwright. 
    Sofi has made significant strides in the world of literature and theater despite the slower process of spelling her thoughts to communicate. 
    Her work has been featured in various publications such as the 2023 poetry anthology "Di lo que quieres decir," Teen Creative magazine, and Neuroclastic. 
    Sofi takes us through her journey of being the first non-speaking Autistic Playwright (that I know of). 
    The most remarkable part of Sofi’s journey in my eyes is how she took a “dare from her anxiety monster” to do this most daunting of work. Enjoy!
    You can find Sofi’s Play [it is her First Year Play- Anniversary!!] at this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/live/bkZB8xwm4dU?si=WMV7g2uWiYNuAHf3
     

    • 5 min
    143 Parenting an Autistic Child - When you struggle

    143 Parenting an Autistic Child - When you struggle

    SKY BREATH LINK
    In this episode, Vaish answers a question from a mom of a 6-year-old Autistic boy with ADHD who is experiencing some parenting struggles.
     
    We discuss why parenting parenting a child with a disability becomes challenging - and discuss 7 ways to move from swimming upstream to downstream.
     
    Send Vaish questions to be answered in future podcasts here.
     
    To get a jump start on your child's regulation (from a gut health perspective), check out my Gut Health Toolkit.
    03:02 Swimming Against the Current 04:26 The 7 point checklist 07:15 Understanding the Reasons Behind Behavior 08:10 Effective Communication with the Child 10:30 Prioritizing Self-Care for Parents
     

    • 11 min

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