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
    • 5.0 • 33 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

    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
    132 The #1 thing we get wrong when we teach Math to kids with disabilities

    132 The #1 thing we get wrong when we teach Math to kids with disabilities

    Why does math education seem so challenging for autistic students and those with Down syndrome? 
    Join me as I flip the script and explore how focusing on input, rather than output, can revolutionize your student’s learning journey. 
    There are broadly 2 things we are doing wrong:
    Focusing on output as opposed to input
    Prioritizing proficiency over curiosity
    Listen to the episode to find out how we can flip the traditional “boring” Math script!
    Non Linear Education launches in 4 weeks - get on the waitlist!

    • 7 min
    131 Teaching Math is a Life Skill with Dr. Jen Leon

    131 Teaching Math is a Life Skill with Dr. Jen Leon

    Did you know that teaching Math is uniquely regulating? Not just Math, but slightly challenging Math. 
    This episode’s guest, Dr. Jen Leon, has a unique name for Math - Brain Candy! And I totally agree. 
    -So what makes Math brain candy? 
    -What makes it a life skill? 
    -What makes it grow your child’s mind, even if you think they have a learning disability, in fact especially if you think they have a learning disability?
    Listen on to learn more….
    ________
    Dr. Jen Leon is the Director of All Minds Academy, an online high school program for neurodiverse students who communicate best by spelling or typing. All Minds Academy recently announced a new, accredited high school diploma program through a partnership with Global Village School that's starting Fall, 2024. 
    To learn more about Dr. Jen's math services and high school program and to schedule a complimentary initial consultation visit allmindsacademy.com. 
    ________
    If you are new to Non Linear Education principles, I (Dr Vaish Sarathy) have a brand new toolkit with 5 strategies to get you started on this journey.
     
    Use them to switch on your child’s learning switch. You can find this free toolkit at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/nonlinearlearning
     
    Find Dr Vaish on Instagram

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 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.

GPCsamanthaC ,

This is exactly what I was looking for

I’ve been constantly collecting information to give my son a better diet and help his neuro development. This is a fantastic resource and Vaish is brilliant 😊

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!!!

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