76 episodes

Raising Healthy Kid Brains helps moms and teachers understand how children’s brains work and what they can do to set them up for success. Discover the critical elements of supporting a child’s healthy brain development, psychological factors that influence emotional development, and simple suggestions to encourage the creativity and curiosity of life-long learners.

Join your host, Amy Nielson, Founder of Planning Playtime, a provider of game-changing educational programs and resources to moms and teachers, as she and her guests discuss the importance of understanding child development.

This is the show for you if you find yourself asking questions like:

*Am I communicating effectively with my child?
*How can I build a bonding experience with my child?
*What exactly are the structures, limits, and boundaries for children?
*Why are good parent-teacher relationships important?
*What benchmarks should I focus on in early childhood?

To learn more, visit planningplaytime.com

Raising Healthy Kid Brains Amy Nielson

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 75 Ratings

Raising Healthy Kid Brains helps moms and teachers understand how children’s brains work and what they can do to set them up for success. Discover the critical elements of supporting a child’s healthy brain development, psychological factors that influence emotional development, and simple suggestions to encourage the creativity and curiosity of life-long learners.

Join your host, Amy Nielson, Founder of Planning Playtime, a provider of game-changing educational programs and resources to moms and teachers, as she and her guests discuss the importance of understanding child development.

This is the show for you if you find yourself asking questions like:

*Am I communicating effectively with my child?
*How can I build a bonding experience with my child?
*What exactly are the structures, limits, and boundaries for children?
*Why are good parent-teacher relationships important?
*What benchmarks should I focus on in early childhood?

To learn more, visit planningplaytime.com

    75. Neurodivergence in Children: When a Disability Isn’t Visible with Michelle Steiner

    75. Neurodivergence in Children: When a Disability Isn’t Visible with Michelle Steiner

    Michelle Steiner is a writer, speaker, and photographer who writes about living with an invisible disability. She believes knowledge is what helps us all be more supportive of one another, and she’s on the show this week to shed light on identifying invisible disabilities in children. Whether you know someone with a learning disability or are wondering what to look out for in your own children, this is going to be a super helpful conversation to keep coming back to.
     
    Michelle shares her experience of getting diagnosed as a child and why she feels empowered by her disability rather than held back by it. We’re exploring the pros and cons of labeling someone with a disability, when it might be time to seek professional help, and how you can best empower your children if they have an invisible disability.
     
    Get full show notes and more information here: https://planningplaytime.com/75

    • 25 min
    74. IEPs and 504s: What You Need to Know with April Rehrig

    74. IEPs and 504s: What You Need to Know with April Rehrig

    April Rehrig is a mom, school psychologist, and teacher whose collaborative approach combines special education advocacy with real-world strategies that work. She decided to take parents behind the scenes In the world of special education through online workshops and IEP coaching so they can make informed decisions for their children, and she’s here today to walk us through the world of special education.
     
    April lifts the veil on IEPs and 504s so you can develop a solid action plan for your child. Learn how to identify when to seek out an IEP or 504 plan for your child, the pros and cons of getting a special education assessment through your child’s school versus going private, and April’s top tips for preparing yourself for an IEP meeting. 
     
    Get full show notes and more information here: https://planningplaytime.com/74

    • 27 min
    73. Understanding Sensory Processing with Claire Heffron

    73. Understanding Sensory Processing with Claire Heffron

    Claire Heffron is a pediatric occupational therapist and the co-founder of The Inspired Treehouse where she helps parents and professionals conquer the common developmental roadblocks that come up for kids. Claire is on the podcast this week to help us understand the world of sensory processing.
     
    Listen as Claire explains the three lesser-known sensory systems and why understanding them matters. We’re exploring sensory processing concerns, what certain aversions to sensory inputs can look like, and how having this understanding can build connections that lead to more cooperation.
     
    Get full show notes and more information here: https://planningplaytime.com/73

    • 27 min
    72. Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids with Giselle Shardlow

    72. Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids with Giselle Shardlow

    There’s so much in the practice of yoga that parents and teachers can use to help kids have amazing experiences. This week, I’m speaking to Giselle Shardlow, an elementary teacher, yoga instructor, and founder of Kids Yoga Stories, to introduce us to the world of yoga for children.
     
    Join us as Giselle walks us through the five C’s of kids yoga, and why play and yoga work so well together. She’s showing us how yoga empowers children of all ages to self-regulate and manage big emotions, and some of the biggest benefits that come from practicing yoga and mindfulness.
     
    Get full show notes and more information here: https://planningplaytime.com/72

    • 32 min
    71. How to Help Your Children Become Passionate Lifelong Learners with Neil Rosen

    71. How to Help Your Children Become Passionate Lifelong Learners with Neil Rosen

    What does it take for kids to become passionate about learning? How can we as parents encourage this process at home? My guest this week, Neil Rosen, has a forthcoming book called Rediscovering the Village: Classic Strategies to Help Children Develop a Lifelong Love of Learning, and he's joining me to share some smart strategies for creating a learning-centered home environment.
     
    Join us this week to hear Neil's fascinating ideas on how to create a culture of kids who are passionate lifelong learners, the importance of developing strong family-school relationships, and how we can model this kind of behavior as parents.
     
    Get full show notes and more information here: https://planningplaytime.com/71

    • 28 min
    70. Preventing Abuse: How to Empower and Be Advocates for Our Children with Rachelle Rutherford

    70. Preventing Abuse: How to Empower and Be Advocates for Our Children with Rachelle Rutherford

    What is the correct way to talk to young children about sexual abuse? How do we prevent our children from being abuse victims? And how can we create a comfortable, shame-free environment for our kids to approach us openly about their experiences? 
     
    My guest this week is Rachelle Rutherford, the current Mrs World America and Mrs World America Fitness who is using her platform to defend the prevention of all forms of child abuse. As a survivor of child sexual abuse and a mother of a child who experienced abuse, she knows that terrible things can happen to our children, even with the most protective of parents, and she’s here to shed light on what we can do to be in conversation with our kids about abuse.
     
    Get full show notes and more information here: https://planningplaytime.com/70

    • 33 min

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75 Ratings

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Love the info

I teach preschool and I am always finding information for topics I have questions about.

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Insightful

Wonderful podcast !
Great advice for navigating parenting

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Amazing information to help support young children in learning to express, understand their emotions in positive way.

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