If you are struggling with your child taking hours to fall asleep or waking up at odd times in the day, you are absolutely not alone. Some studies say that up to 80% of Autistic kids experience some form of sleep disturbance.
Compared to neurotypical kids, Autistic kids were seen to be 2.6 times more likely to have a problem falling asleep, and 1.5 times more likely to have problems staying asleep.
And if you are concerned about learning / focus / moods, you can pretty much forget about fixing these in the absence of a good night’s sleep.
Sleep is a keystone habit! This means that poor sleep can affect every body system and all sorts of neurological
Here are 10 strategies to help your child fall asleep from a discussion with Deepa Kannan, the Sleep Whisperer.
I have curated the tips into a downloadable eBook – that you can find at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/sleeptips – Download that here.
In this episode of Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids, Host Vaish talks about keystone habits and their impact on children’s learning and behavior. From the importance of a blood sugar balancing breakfast to the quality of sleep and screen time, Vaish shares practical tips and insights on how parents and caregivers can make small but powerful changes to help their children reach their full potential.
Tune in to discover the power of keystone habits and how they can transform your child’s life. And don’t forget to join Vaish’s free Power Breakfast Challenge at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/powerbreakfast to take the first step towards building your child’s daily stress resilience.
I am in conversation with Robin Green, an expert in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, as she shares her knowledge and experience with Ear Seeds, a non-invasive, pain-free acupressure technique that can benefit children with Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, and other disabilities.
Discover how Ear Seeds can help alleviate symptoms such as anxiety, focus and memory issues, pain, digestive problems, and weight loss, without any side effects.
Robin explains how Ear Seeds work by stimulating specific points on the ear that correspond to different areas of the body, and shares how children can even learn to activate their own parasympathetic nervous system by pressing on their ear seeds when needed.
With the Ear Seeds Ambassadors Club and a comprehensive learning track on ear anatomy, parents can empower themselves to support their children’s health and wellness. You can find this at https://www.thriveearseeds.com/ .
Tune in to this podcast to learn more about how Ear Seeds can provide a natural, holistic approach to helping children with disabilities live their best lives.
“When your child learns in a Neurodivergent way – whether they have ADHD / are Autistic / have Down Syndrome, it is highly unlikely that a structured school environment that teaches concepts step-by-regimented step is working out for them.
If you find your child stuck – learning the colors, learning the alphabet, learning numbers, it may be time to branch out.
And by branching out, I mean dismissing the notion that addition is some sort of holy gateway to math. Move along the way of non-linear education – an interest-based technique that allows your child to be a curious and effective learner.
This podcast is a short dive in what Non-Linear Education means.
“Is it Sleep or is it ADHD? You could really ask that question a million ways … Is it Blood Sugar Balance or is it ADHD? And so on… And it is likely both.
The name of a collection of symptoms is different from the cause of the symptoms.
In Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids we look at the Ins and Outs of Learning and Brain Health. What comes from the inside – nutrition and gut health, and what comes from the outside – learning skills and educational strategies.
Sleep comes from both the inside and the outside, making it on of the most critical things in learning. Sleep Disorder and ADHD in Kids can have so many overlapping symptoms, per today’s guest Dr. Meghna Dassani.
And if you think your child is sleeping well, please think again.
“Life outcomes are poorer for kids who are not good readers” – says today’s featured guest Dr. Marnie Ginsberg. The truth of this statement is profound for neurotypical kids. Unfortunately, most kids with Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, or Autism are not even allowed to become good readers or to access material that is age appropriate.
In episode 106 – we go into one specific area of Reading Comprehension – Cracking the Code.
Dr. Marnie Ginsberg, Founder of Reading Simplified, is a reading difficulties detective who streamlines the science and art of reading instruction so teachers can rapidly learn effective techniques that help students accelerate to grade level and beyond. She also helps translate the latest understandings from science into practical, easy-to-implement activities. You can find Dr. Ginsberg at www.readingsimplified.com
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:
I am chatting with experienced Special Educator Ange Anderson. And this is a unique episode in that it ended up being a pretty exhaustive list of various sound therapies that Ange has used over the years and has found to be impactful in improving her students’ regulation.
Among other things we talk about:
Auditory Integration Therapy, etc.
I often talk about 6 things you can do to start impacting learning right away – and these are in my free ebook – www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/learning. To this, I would add Auditory Integration Therapy as a 7th.
What’s common between Salads, cold milk, and lack of sleep? Nidhi Pandya, an Ayurvedic Practitioner explains that every one of these can lead to increased Vata which is a common core of most neurological issues.
Join me as I discuss how and why thousand-year-old Ayurvedic frameworks are still relevant today in treating diseases and dysfunction, that may never have been discussed in ancient times.
Why Ayurvedic principles still work today
Gut Health per Ayurvedic dosha type
Why today’s kids are a Vata generation
8 steps for an Ayurvedic lifestyle that can help kids with Autism, ADHD or neurological issues.
“When we have trauma patterns in our nervous system, the only possible outcome are behaviors that come from a trauma place.”
Today’s episode is all about TRAUMA and the NERVOUS SYSTEM. Until this episode, I freely admit that I might have had a misunderstanding of trauma as an event, as opposed to an experience. Dr. Aimie calls it anything that leaves a lasting effect on the body.
Whether you have experienced Trauma, or care for someone who may have experienced Trauma, I hope this episode steers toward an understanding of Trauma and How to Unravel it.
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