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144 From Letters to Lyrics: An Interview with Autistic Playwright Sofi Ghassaei

144 From Letters to Lyrics: An Interview with Autistic Playwright Sofi Ghassaei

In this episode, Dr. Sarathy interviews Sofi Ghassaei, a remarkable and accomplished 20-year-old Autistic Poet and Playwright.

Sofi has made significant strides in the world of literature and theater despite the slower process of spelling her thoughts to communicate.

Her work has been featured in various publications such as the 2023 poetry anthology “Di lo que quieres decir,” Teen Creative magazine, and Neuroclastic.

Sofi takes us through her journey of being the first non-speaking Autistic Playwright (that I know of).

The most remarkable part of Sofi’s journey in my eyes is how she took a “dare from her anxiety monster” to do this most daunting of work. Enjoy!

You can find Sofi’s Play [it is her First Year Play- Anniversary!!] at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/live/bkZB8xwm4dU?si=WMV7g2uWiYNuAHf3

 

 

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Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

143 Parenting an Autistic Child – When you struggle

143 Parenting an Autistic Child – When you struggle

SKY BREATH LINK

In this episode, Vaish answers a question from a mom of a 6-year-old Autistic boy with ADHD who is experiencing some parenting struggles.

We discuss why parenting parenting a child with a disability becomes challenging – and discuss 7 ways to move from swimming upstream to downstream.

Send Vaish questions to be answered in future podcasts here.

To get a jump start on your child’s regulation (from a gut health perspective), check out my Gut Health Toolkit.

  • 03:02 Swimming Against the Current
  • 04:26 The 7 point checklist
  • 07:15 Understanding the Reasons Behind Behavior
  • 08:10 Effective Communication with the Child
  • 10:30 Prioritizing Self-Care for Parents

 

 

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Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

142 Unlocking the Vagus Nerve for Cognitive and Health Benefits

142 Unlocking the Vagus Nerve for Cognitive and Health Benefits

There is no level of inflammation, physical or mental or central nervous system inflammation, that is not damaging.”

Vaish and JP Errico discuss the role of the vagus nerve in reducing inflammation (esp. neuroinflammation), cognition and supporting brain health in Episode 142.

Obviously stress and inflammation are critical in cognitive and overall health, but what is largely unknown is the role of the vagus nerve in modulating inflammation!

Vagus Nerve Stimulation can be achieved through various methods, including non-invasive devices like TruVaga (which JP helped found).

JP shares a personal experience of using vagus nerve stimulation to alleviate eczema and migraines in his child, leading to significant cognitive improvements.
JP Errico’s Book: The Vagus-Immune Connection
TruVaga – the stimulator mentioned by JP

 

 

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Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

How vision can affect learning and behavior!

“If your child is having difficulty moving their body, they ARE going to have difficulty in moving their eyes.” – Dr. Susan Daniel

Vision is one of the most neglected aspects of learning in Autistic learners AND students with ADHD or Down Syndrome!

If you are thinking, but I got my child checked for glasses” : I learned this this the hard way – so I am going to try to make it easier for you…

CHECKING FOR GLASSES / POWER / VISUAL ACUITY IS NOT ENOUGH. 

In fact, it is so far from enough, that stopping there can be damaging – in the sense that you are getting a partial and potentially false picture of what vision is doing for your child.

I asked a lot of questions that have been in my mind for a long time to Dr. Daniel in this podcast.

Most importantly, 
How does VISION impact BEHAVIOR and LEARNING?

This is an extremely important question, and in today’s podcast, Dr. Daniel and I discuss the types of visual impairments that can get in the way of learning

You’ll learn

  • Why specialized vision exams are crucial for children with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities

  • How vision difficulties can impact a child’s regulation and behavior, leading to frustration and anxiety

  • The components of Vision

  • What you can do right now to support your child’s learning

Onward,

Vaish

P.S. After you hear this podcast, let me know if you have another burning question I can answer by hitting reply to this email!

    141 What my son eats in a day: An Anti-Inflammatory Meal Recap

    141 What my son eats in a day: An Anti-Inflammatory Meal Recap

    https://www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/dosa   -For those of you interested in Dosas!

    The 2nd most common question I get asked is this: What is an Anti-Inflammatory Diet, and how do you feed your son?

    So I thought I would lead you on a day’s plan of a vegetarian anti-inflammatory meals.

    We will talk about breakfast, a pre-breakfast (!!), lunch and dinner! And blood sugar balancing, nutrient density, gut health and more!

     

     

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    Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

    Why IS motivation so hard?

    “The more your child learns the more they CAN learn” – Vaish

    You are not alone in wondering why your child is not motivated, divya!

    You know the situation: you sit down to teach, or you sit down to just chat, and your child subtly, or not so subtly moves away from you, ignores you, etc. 

    Today I will be addressing a question that has been coming in a LOT!
    What can I do to make my child more motivated to learn?

    This is a fabulous question, and in today’s podcast, I will share the 2 ways you can work to change that right now.

    You’ll learn that

    • Motivation significantly influences brain activity and learning.
    • How choices can impact motivation
    • Why feedback needs to be goal-oriented to actively drive learning and motivation. 

    Onward,

    Vaish

    P.S. After you hear this podcast, let me know if you have another burning question I can answer by hitting reply to this email!

      140 The Impact of Vision on Learning and Behavior in Children with Disabilities

      140 The Impact of Vision on Learning and Behavior in Children with Disabilities

      “If your child is having difficulty moving their body, they ARE going to have difficulty in moving their eyes.”

      Dr. Susan Daniel, neuro-developmental optometrist talk about vision and its role in learning and regulation for Autistic students and learners with Down Syndrome

      Vision difficulties can impact a child’s regulation and behavior, leading to frustration and anxiety.

      Dr. Daniel explains the various components of vision, including visual gathering skills, eye teaming, and visual processing.

      Tune in to learn:

      • Why specialized vision exams are crucial for children with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities

      • How vision difficulties can impact a child’s regulation and behavior, leading to frustration and anxiety

      • The components of Vision

      • What you can do right now to support your child’s learning

      00:00 The Impact of Vision on Regulation and Behavior

      06:09 The Relationship Between Body Movement and Eye Movement

      16:23 The Gap in Vision Evaluations for Children with Disabilities

      34:46 The Importance of Access to Complex Information

      45:21 Passion for Helping Children and Adults with Vision Impairments

      Links mentioned in the podcast:

      Find a developmental optometrist here:

      – www.covd.org

      – www.noravisionrehab.org

      The reading app Dr. Daniel mentioned: www.bookshare.org

      You can reach Dr. Daniel at susan.danieloptometry@gmail.com

       

       

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      Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

      139 Two Steps to increase Motivation and Learning in your child

      139 Two Steps to increase Motivation and Learning in your child

      In this week’s Wednesday Wind-Up, we explore the connection between motivation, feedback, choice and learning, for children with disabilities – whether Down Syndrome, Autism or a generic “learning disability”.

      In less than 7 minutes, you will learn exactly what 2 things you can do rightaway to build learning and motivation in your child.

      00:00 The Science of Motivation and Learning
      03:12 Optimizing Learning for Children with Disabilities
      04:59 The Power of Choice and Communication in Learning
      If you are interested in learning about NON LINEAR LEARNING – check out this free guide to learn 5 strategies to turn ON your child’s learning switch.

       

       

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      Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

      138 Cracking the Code on Eczema in Kids with Andra McHugh

      138 Cracking the Code on Eczema in Kids with Andra McHugh

      Dr. Vaish Sarathy interviews Andra McHugh, the host of the Eczema Kids podcast and founder of the Eczema Kids brand. Andra shares her personal journey of dealing with her children’s severe eczema and her quest to find natural solutions.

      In the face of extremely conflicting dietary advice, Andra cracked the code using functional nutrition and ayurveda.

      • “There’s so much that you can do within your home environment to help bring down their histamine levels and make your environment a little less triggering.” – Andra McHugh

      Tune in to learn about:

      • Overcoming Eczema Without Steroids
      • Nutritional Strategies and Topical Treatments for Children’s Eczema
      • Integrating Ayurveda and Functional Medicine in Eczema Treatment
      • Managing Eczema Through Diet

      You can find Andra at:

      You can download Vaish’s Gut Health Toolkit here.

       

       

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      Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.

      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.

       

       

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      Disclaimer: The information in this Podcast is for educational purposes only. Vaishnavi Sarathy, Ph.D. is an educator, not a doctor, specifically not your child’s doctor. Please consult your physician before implementing any supplement or diet recommendations.