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Latest Podcast Episodes

50 Rapid Prompting Method with Soma Mukhopadhyay

In the 50th episode of Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids, one of my favorite thought leaders, Soma Mukhopadhyay, talks to us about:

-how learning channels determine teaching

-the 4 goals of RPM – not just information download – but cognition, sensory, tolerance and communication goals.

-the importance of a sensory map when working with a child (as opposed to a label)

If you are interested in helping your child jump start their learning and sensory goals, I highly recommend checking out RPM.




49 The most important strategy to help your child learn NOW

If there is ONE thing you are likely not doing with your child with Autism or Down Syndrome, it is THIS strategy.

Doing this will make the difference from teaching repeated ABCs and moving to writing poetry and studying advanced literature.

I call this non-linear education!




48. Introduction to Mental Health Issues and Neuroinflammation with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

“There is a direct causal link between mental health issues and neuroinflammation.”

With this powerful statement, Dr. Rosann Capanna-Hodge leads us into the steadily increasing world of brain -inflammatory conditions in children: PANS, PANDAS and Autoimmune Encephalitis.

Listen to understand key identifying features of each of these labels, and how to navigate your way through this condition as a parent.




47 Epigenetics, Trauma and Neurofeedback with Lee Ann Foster

Did you know that ancestral trauma has been found to have epigenetic implications that can impact physiology all the way down to digestion and metabolism?

Lee Ann Foster guides us through the concept of epigenetics, of the various tools she uses including neurofeedback, and how healing is always multimodal.




46 Microbial Transfer Therapy success in children with Autism with Dr. Jim Adams

Every child has a right to experience a pain-free life. Dr. Jim Adams’s group has found through years of research that a vast majority of autistic children (by some estimates, over 80%) have Gastro Intestinal (GI) symptoms.

This pain can manifest as behaviors and can unfortunately be treated as behaviors.

In this podcast, Dr. Adams talks about his path-breaking research on MTT.

Amazingly, in this trial, he worked with a group of children 80% of whom had a diagnosis of “severe autism”. By the end of the trial, less than 20% were still diagnosed with “severe autism”.

To me this indicates the enormity of GI issues that are misdiagnosed as, and underdiagnosed in Autism.

Take this podcast, print out Dr. Adams’s work, and take it to your PCP. Ask to see a GI doctor if your child is Autistic.




45. 10 ways to help your child Fall and Stay ASLEEP with Deepa Kannan

Have you given thought to

  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Pain, or
  • Expressive Ability

as conditions that could disturb sleep?

What about:

  • Omega 3 Status,
  • Blood Sugar Balance
  • and Core body temperature as variables in allowing your child to stay asleep.

Sleep Whisperer Deepa Kannan talks to us about 15 factors that can affect a child’s sleep. Bring a notebook and take notes.



44 Integrative Manual Therapy for Chronic Health Conditions in Children

Movement Therapy can be often mistaken for OT , but it is so much more. If your child has Autism or Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy, have you considered movement within the body?

When I think of movement therapies, I think of

  • Reflex Integration, which allows for unhindered movement
  • Rhythmic Movement, which uses movement to calm and train the brain
  • Cranial Osteopathy, which works with movement of CSF inside the body
  • Chiropractic, which removes skeletal hinderance to movement
  • Myofascial Release, which removes stress in our connective tissue throughout the body
  • Manual Therapy, which helps with Lymph Drainage.
  • Anat Baniel Method, which uses movement to create neural networks.

Movement is beyond OT, in fact, OT can even be the least consequential to functional movement for some children.

Today, I want to introduce you to my friend Becky Dawson, an Integrative Manual Therapist. In her podcast she talks about lymph, movement, and the ability of IMT to enhance function in a situation of chronic neuro-inflammation and seizures, with her son.



43 Melatonin and Immunity with Dr. Valerie LaRosa

Did you know that Melatonin doesn’t just affect sleep?

In this mind-blowing episode, Dr. LaRosa calls Melatonin the Great Modulator, which is a great name for a great molecule.

We discuss how melatonin can modulate neuroinflammation, GI inflammation, and even affect immunity in the context of COVID.