99 episodes

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 using
-Nutrition
-Communication Strategies
-Education Tools
-Gut Health, and more

Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids Dr. Vaish Sarathy

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

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 using
-Nutrition
-Communication Strategies
-Education Tools
-Gut Health, and more

    Monday Mindset - The opposite of grief!

    Monday Mindset - The opposite of grief!

    Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids is being renamed and redesigned. 
    To start with - here is a weekly Monday Mindset Shifter to think a little bit differently about your week!
    This week, we are talking about the opposite of grief!

    • 4 min
    137 The Power of Polysaccharides for Brain Health with Dr. John Lewis

    137 The Power of Polysaccharides for Brain Health with Dr. John Lewis

    In this episode of Function and Nutrition and Learning for Kids, we dive into the profound impact of nutrition on human health with Dr. John Lewis, founder and president of Dr. Lewis Nutrition. With a prolific background boasting over 180 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Lewis shares his expertise on the role of polysaccharides in brain health and immune function, and his research’s implications for serious conditions such as Alzheimer's, MS, HIV, and chronic diseases. 
    Join us as we explore the powerful impact of targeted nutritional intervention on brain health. 
    You can find Dr. Lewis at https://www.drlewisnutrition.com/
    Be sure to check out Dr. Lewis’s new book The Complete Nutrition Guide to Cognitive Function
    Speaking of Neuroplasticity SUpport, there is still time to tune in to Dr. Vaish Sarathy’s  FREE workshop:
    BUILDING INTELLIGENCE - at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/intelligenceworkshop
     
    [00:00:00] Polysaccharides for brain health.
    [00:06:38] Nutrition vs. Pharmacology.
    [00:12:17] Polysaccharides and their benefits.
    [00:24:14] Signs of inflammation.
    [00:28:37] Big Pharma domination in research
    [00:31:43] Polysaccharides for cognitive health.
    [00:41:38] Aloe vera polysaccharides benefits.
    [00:46:57] Daily Brain Care benefits.
     
     

    • 49 min
    136 How and Why your child's intelligence can change!

    136 How and Why your child's intelligence can change!

    Intelligence is not a constant. The brain is constantly changing, adapting, and learning new skills. Most tests, including IQ tests, do not measure intelligence accurately.
    In this episode, Dr. Vaish Sarathy talks about the role of AI, Growth Mindset in what she calls Intellectual Malleability - the idea (which comes from Neuroplasticity) that intelligence can change for anyone regardless of label or diagnosis. 
    You can sign up for her FREE workshop on building intelligence at the link below: 
    https://www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/intelligenceworkshop 
    In this workshop, Vaish talks about the 3-step method to building intelligence in your child with disability - be that Down Syndrome or Autism.

    • 10 min
    135 Somatic Eating (and Picky eating) in Kids with Stephanie Mara Fox

    135 Somatic Eating (and Picky eating) in Kids with Stephanie Mara Fox

    How can we help our kids cultivate a healthy relationship with food? If your child is struggling with picky eating, Stephanie Mara Fox talks to Dr Vaish Sarathy about the Art of Somatic Eating and how to navigate food restrictions in kids. 
    Especially in kids with disabilities (Autism, for example), it is important to understand that:
    - The nervous system plays a crucial role in our experience with food, and regulation is key to creating a safe and regulated environment.
    - Trauma can impact a person's relationship with food, and it is important to approach food behavior with empathy and curiosity.
    - Tools for regulation, such as body awareness and co-regulation, can be helpful in supporting children with picky eating.
     
    CHAPTERS
    01:14 Understanding Somatic Eating
    07:24 The Nervous System and Food
    08:03 Regulation and Children's Experience with Food
    15:43 The Impact of Trauma on Food Behavior
    30:34 Tools for Regulation
    35:05 Applying Regulation Techniques to Picky Eating
     
    You can reach Stephanie at: 
    Website: https://www.stephaniemara.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_stephaniemara/
     
    Find Dr. Vaish Sarathy at
    www.instagram.com/drvaishsarathy
    And Download your free Picky Eating Toolkit HERE!

    • 43 min
    134 Bilingualism and Cognition in Kids with Disabilities

    134 Bilingualism and Cognition in Kids with Disabilities

    Being multi-lingual and multi-communicative may be the way that our kids with Autim / Down Syndrome find richness of language and expression. What does mean? And what’s the latest research? Stick with me for this super-short focus episode about multimodal language and brain health!
    In this episode, I talk about:
    What the documented results are of being bilingual How you can start right now with your child What this means for communication Enjoy! 
     
    Timeline: 
     
    00:56 Bilingualism and Cognitive Protection
    03:12 Enhanced Memory, Attention, and Executive Function
    04:11 Takeaway 1: Expose Kids to Multiple Languages
    05:04 Takeaway 2: Communicate in Multiple Languages
    06:00 Takeaway 3: Using Different Forms of Communication

    • 6 min
    133 Building Resilience and Advocacy in Parents with Dr. Maureen MIchele

    133 Building Resilience and Advocacy in Parents with Dr. Maureen MIchele

    Advocacy and Resilience are the cornerstones of parenting a child with disability. As a parent of an Autistic child or a child with Down Syndrome, how often do you find yourself navigating medical and school offices and being close to tears at the end of several meetings?
    Dr. Maureen Michele guides us through the work of building resilience and understanding advocacy, and finding your strong inner Mother Bear!
    Tune in to learn:
    The 3 pillars of Advocacy Dr. Maureen's parent resilience toolkit that she uses herself The single most powerful tool for building inner stability You can find Dr. Maureen at 
    www.maureenmichelemd.com
    instagram.com/maureenmichelemd
    I am also offering my Anxiety Toolkit to you today - a 10 point checklist of things that work, when nothing seems to.
    You can download it for free at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/anxietytoolkit

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

VECrown ,

Very interesting and informative

I have a 20 year old daughter with Down syndrome. In November of 2020 she came down with neurological issues. A hospital stay and lots of doctors appointments later we are still dealing with it though I feel she is about 50% better. I believe it is regression in down syndrome. My daughter also has constipation and sleeping issues and is an extremely picky eater. I came across your podcast recently and it has been very helpful and a valuable resource. Thank you so much for all the information.

realmomsrun ,

Excellent Resource!!

I have a lot of go-to resources for my son and now I’ve added this great podcast. Vaish does a fantastic job of breaking things down. I’m always jotting down notes because the information is so good!!!

COBecky ,

I love the nuggets I can glean!

I'm excited to see this platform for children with extra needs. I love these discussions and the variety of topics. I'm making connections with the nuggets that I glean for next steps. Thanks Vaish for these podcasts!

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