16 episodes

The Brain Coach podcast is hosted by executive function expert and 'Brain Coach' Mary Turos. Take a deep dive into executive functions and simple strategies based in neuroscience to overcome obstacles and achieve personal progress. Each episode provides insights from a community of educators, researchers, therapists, clinicians, family members to support a healthy brain.

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The Brain Coach podcast is hosted by executive function expert and 'Brain Coach' Mary Turos. Take a deep dive into executive functions and simple strategies based in neuroscience to overcome obstacles and achieve personal progress. Each episode provides insights from a community of educators, researchers, therapists, clinicians, family members to support a healthy brain.

    Ep 15: Adult Executive Function Discussion with Mary

    Ep 15: Adult Executive Function Discussion with Mary

    In this episode, Mary takes a deep dive into adult executive functions and the challenges she commonly sees with her adult clients. Topics covered include: 

             - Feeling overwhelmed

             - Inability to manage time, especially during the workday. Dealing with distractions 

             - How to prioritize and make progress. How much time we can actually be productive daily

             - Why providing true value makes us indispensable at work 

    Understanding how the brain works, especially as adults, is critical to changing thinking and behavior. Hope you enjoy this discussion. 

    • 33 min
    Ep 14: Nikki Wooton, We Rock The Spectrum, an Inclusive Kid's Gym

    Ep 14: Nikki Wooton, We Rock The Spectrum, an Inclusive Kid's Gym

    On today's episode of The Brain Coach, Mary speaks with Nikki Wooten, owner of We Rock The Spectrum Kid's Gym in Forest Hill, Maryland.

    We Rock is a kid's gym for children of all abilities but caters to kids with autism. The gym provides specialized equipment and a safe environment where kids can act freely while getting the sensory input they need. 

    Ropes courses, trampolines, zip lines, and more allow kids to enjoy safe fun where they (and their parents) feel free of judgement. We Rock provides an outlet for parents to connect and share resources and just relax.  

    Nikki shares with Mary her family's personal journey with autism and the challenges they've overcome related to diagnosis, school, and finding resources for their neurodiverse son.  

    We Rock The Spectrum has locations nationwide. Check out the fun programs offered at the Forest Hill location by following Facebook and Instagram or calling 410-891-4600. 

    • 32 min
    Ep 13: Jori Eidem's family journey with the rare disease MLD

    Ep 13: Jori Eidem's family journey with the rare disease MLD

    Today's guest Jori Eidem, a physician assistant from Rochester, MN, discusses her family's personal journey navigating a serious and life-threatening condition called Metachromatic leukodystrophy or MLD. 

    Jori shares the story of her niece Amelia, an 8-year-old who played soccer, dressed up as a princess, and collected unicorns. Amelia was bright, funny and with the right amount of sass. She did well in school, despite her left-handedness. Until she didn’t.

    In 2021, when Amelia began falling behind academically and began having staring spells, she was screened for ADHD and Autism. A few months passed and she started having trouble with coordination and by the end of the school year, she had rapid deterioration of motor and cognitive function. Amelia was evaluated at a major medical center where an MRI revealed a typical pattern for MLD, a diagnosis later confirmed by genetic testing.

    This rare, hereditary condition is passed through a recessive gene and can appear in infancy, childhood, or adulthood. The incidence of MLD ranges, with estimates anywhere from 1 in 40,000 births to 1 is 160,000 births. You can learn more about the disease at the MLD Foundation.

    Jori shares Amelia's journey and the Go Fund Me page the family established to provide updates on Amelia's progress. You can get in touch with Jori here: webelieveinunicorns2022@gmail.com or Eidem.Jori@gmail.com

    And finally, the link to the article mentioned in the show: Staring Spells: When It's More Than Daydreaming | Johns Hopkins Medicine

    Please note: this podcast does not provide medical advice. The information, images and other materials contained are for informational purposes only. No information discussed is a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please seek help from your physician for medical questions or advice.

    • 44 min
    Ep 12: An Extraordinary Mom's Parenting Story

    Ep 12: An Extraordinary Mom's Parenting Story

    Meet Mia, our “mom extraordinaire.” Mia shares her experiences successfully parenting a child with learning disabilities. Mia beautifully tells her story of navigating the challenges of school, homeschooling, medication, and social pressures. The conversation touches on fears parents face when first dealing with a diagnosis, how to stay calm while still expressing emotions, and how to move towards acceptance of a situation that may not be what we envisioned.

    Mia talks about the ups and downs and the pivotal moment she realized her son will be alright. And why she believes building a team or community to support a child helps avoid feelings of isolation. 

    We hope you enjoy this discussion! You can find Mia on Instagram: @city_mom_77

    • 39 min
    Ep 11: ​Eric Robinson, Language-Based Disabilities Expert

    Ep 11: ​Eric Robinson, Language-Based Disabilities Expert

    As a high school educator, Eric Robinson helps students navigate language-based learning disabilities and language processing issues. Eric wears many hats at The Highlands School in Bel Air, Maryland, as an English and woodworking teacher, co-manager of the drama department, and Upper School Coordinator.

    Eric also serves as adjunct professor of reading at Community College of Baltimore County. In today's episode he discusses how language disorders present in individuals and how they can impact students. 

    Mary asks about Eric's mantra of "do it afraid" and why having many different jobs throughout his career led him to this important work helping children with learning challenges. Reflecting on why it's important to help students avoid getting lost in their feelings and instead focus on the evidence in their lives, Eric shares a new area of interest he's introduced at The Highlands School - teaching students soft skills, such as working in teams, understanding their audience, and developing a growth mindset.  

    The Highlands School is an independent, AIMS-accredited, K-12 program designed for students with dyslexia, ADHD, and language-based learning differences. Founded in 1996, The Highlands School is a state-of-the-art facility located on a beautiful 18-acre campus.

    The Brain Coach Podcast is building a community of educators, researchers, therapists, clinicians, family members who share information and insights to support a healthy brain.  



    Please note: this podcast does not provide medical advice. The information, images and other materials contained are for informational purposes only. No information discussed is a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please seek help from your physician for medical questions or advice.

    • 27 min
    Ep 10: The 13 Most Common Questions Parents Ask

    Ep 10: The 13 Most Common Questions Parents Ask

    In today's episode, Brain Coach Mary Turos answers the 13 most common questions she gets from parents of teens and young children. Mary's offers insights into children's behaviors and simple techniques to help parents. The 13 questions follow: 



    1) Should I reward my kids for good grades or for turning assignments in on time?  

    2) Will having a disability or disclosing my child's disability impact his/her acceptance into school or college?

    3) Why won't my teen go to sleep at a reasonable hour? 

    4) Why should kids do chores? Isn't school enough responsibility?

    5) Should I have my child evaluated? If so, when? 

    6) My child isn't turning in assignments, but they are capable of doing the work. Why is this happening? 

    7) My kid has a disability, but I don't want them labeled and I don't want them using it as a crutch. What do you think? 

    8) What are some ways to interact with my child without it coming off as criticism? 

    9) Where should my child study? 

    10) What are some things I can incorporate into my child's home routine? 

    11) My child does well on quizzes, but bombs tests. What's happening? 

    12) How long will it take to FIX my kid? (yikes!) 

    13) What is the worst disability to have? 

    • 33 min

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