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130 When therapies and diets don’t work for your child

130 When therapies and diets don’t work for your child

If you find yourself trying diet after diet after therapy after therapy and nothing seems to either work or stick, nothing seems to take hold, this is the episode for you.

Tune in to learn:

  • the 3 pillars of core therapeutic changes that often work symbiotically to create change.
  • why even anti-inflammatory diets sometimes fail
  • the therapies that never work (for most people)

You can get my free book on the 6 learning hacks 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.

129 How to do the work that brings change this year!

129 How to do the work that brings change this year!

If you are tired of working day and night with your child and not seeing the needle move, if you are tired of being tired, and if you are ready to see change happen, I will tell you exactly what to do in this episode.

We think that parents who bring change in their kids lives are PATIENT, HARDWORKING and INTENSE.

We couldn’t be more wrong – well, ok, the intense part could be right.

Patience and hard work have nothing to do with results, with change. What does?

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You can find Vaish’s 6 learning strategies here: https://www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/learning

Follow Vaish on Instagram for daily inspiration.

 

 

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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.

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If you are tired of working day and night with your child and not seeing the needle move, if you are tired of being tired, and if you are ready to see change happen, I will tell you exactly what to do in this episode:

Let’s talk about how to do the work that brings change in your child with disability, in your family and in yourself, this year!

Welcome to Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids, where we explore ways to learn in the zone, through gut health and learning strategies, through peace, calm, and commitment. 

I am  Dr. Vaish Sarathy – Functional Nutrition Practitioner, Chemist, a Math and Science teacher, AND mom to a non-speaking autistic teen poet with Down Syndrome.

Over the years I have found inspiration in many people – currently I have a list of 5 people I listen to with utmost devotion – and I will reveal this list slowly. But I am actually going to quote 2 of them in this episode. 

At number 2, is James Clear, the Author of Atomic Habits – and even if you haven’t read the book – which I have not completely, do subscribe to his weekly newsletter – that is so on-point that I use it as my north star some days.

At number 5 is Mark Manson, the author of “The Subtle Art of not giving a F*uck” – side note – I don’t know who listens to this podcast – but I am keeping off the swear words.

In Mark Manson’s end-of-the-year podcast – the podcast has the same name as his book – do listen to it, btw, in his podcast, he referenced my guru #4 Tim Ferris as the author of this mantra to increase productivity – “How can I make this more fun”? 

By THIS, it is whatever it is that you are doing, that you need to be doing more of, where you want to be productive, and where you want to move along.

Let’s talk about working with your autistic child, teaching your child with Down Syndrome, even making anti-inflammatory meals for your child. 

It is a chore. You have work to do, you don’t have time, and when you do have time, you might want to just Netflix and Chill (I mean this literally, not like THAT)!.

There are a few things to unpack right here – while there is no hard statistical evidence to show this – just through anecdotal evidence, I can say with a lot of certainty that teaching really cannot be outsourced.

Significant change happens ONLY when a parent or primary caregiver takes the primary responsibility of working towards that change.

Again, no pressure right?

And if you were to look at all of the parents who are able to commit time to working with their kids, teaching their kids, and if you were to look at families where growth has happened, change has happened, if I were ask you to guess – to guess what do  you think a common trait is among these parents, what would you guess?

Take a minute – 

Patience? No it is not patience – in fact if I were to include myself in this category of parents who are able to work easily and effectively with their kids, I would like to confess that I am probably the most impatient person you have met. 

And no, it is not hard work either.

Parents who have fun working with their kids – yes, with their Autistic kids, with their kids with Down Syndrome, whether speaking or non-speaking, looking or not looking, mobile or not mobile, parents who have fun – get the work done, because it is FUN!

And that’s why I think my #3 guru, Tim Ferris is a freaking genius, sorry my #4 guru! Yes, I do realize that #1 and #3 are still in suspense, you will find out in a later podcast. 

If you want to make any change this year with your child with a disability, that change will ONLY happen if you ask yourself –  “How can I make this more fun?”

Yes, I know how simple that sounds, but it is not just simple, it is remarkably effective, because here’s another hard truth – look around you, when things aren’t fun, they don’t work.

If Math is boring, your student will NOT learn math. If they do, by some miracle, they won’t remember it. 

I remember that I had enrolled in a so-called neurodevelopmental program years ago – and I actually did learn some good stuff there. They would evaluate your child’s developmental profile and send you home with a list of exercises you had to do, about 10-15 times a day, every day, under the assumption that increased frequency help habits form.

Guess what happened. I didn’t do it. I tried for a few days, it wasn’t fun for me, it wasn’t fun for Sid, it didn’t happen. 

The best and most transformative changes are done for a short time everyday – they are done with intensity, with joy. 

To make this point a little more clear, let me share with you, 5 ways that you can make the day absolutely NOT fun:

  1. Your child is doing 20 hours or even better, 40 hours of ABA per week
  2. You have been teaching addition for 3 months, or better, 3 years
  3. Your student is doing a 3 page Math worksheet everyday
  4. You come back from work and have your child crawl back and forth across the home per your neurodevelopmental program, followed by 10 other exercises that need to be done before sleeping.
  5. You are reading the same lesson on dinosaurs and fossils everyday for the past 5 days, because you aren’t sure your child understands.

See, boredom is the opposite of fun. 

When your child is bored, they won’t learn, But here is the clincher, when YOU are bored, you are unlikely to work with your child, or give 100% to the work you are doing. 

I got this quote from my #2 James Clear today: 

“New goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is a process, not an outcome. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better habits, not chasing better results.”

And maybe, this better habit can be asking yourself the question: “How can I make this more fun”

Are you teaching math, and you are frustrated – ask yourself, “how can I make this more fun”.

Here are 5 ways to make Math more fun:

  1. Work with recipes and cooking
  2. Teach stories and history and scandalous gossip behind Math theorems and Science Discoveries
  3. Keep your lessons under 10 mins
  4. Do not require your student to answer questions – just share the information.
  5. Teach something that has a WOW factor – like the presence of the fibonacci sequence in Music.

See, the potential of your child to learn is unlimited – whether they have Down Syndrome, whether they are Autistic, whether they have seizures, whether they have any sort of intellectual diagnosis. Learning pathways are unique and different, but everyone can learn.

So you have to teach a child who may not be able to show you that they can learn. How can you make this process more fun?

I have an additional challenge for you – if you can vibrate with enthusiasm and eagerness for the lesson, I can guarantee you that this year is YOURS for the win!

See you next week!

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LIBSYN  BLURB:

If you are tired of working day and night with your child and not seeing the needle move, if you are tired of being tired, and if you are ready to see change happen, I will tell you exactly what to do in this episode.

We think that parents who bring change in their kids lives are PATIENT, HARDWORKING and INTENSE.

We couldn’t be more wrong – well, ok, the intense part could be right. 

Patience and hard work have nothing to do with results, with change. What does?

Listen on …

You can find Vaish’s 6 learning strategies here: https://www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/learning

Follow Vaish on Instagram for daily inspiration.

128 Brain Shift- A Program to Transform Your Busy Brain w. Dr Romie Mushtaq

128 Brain Shift- A Program to Transform Your Busy Brain w. Dr Romie Mushtaq

In this episode, Dr. Romie Mushtaq, a board-certified neurologist, discusses her journey from a traditional Western-style medical model to a mindfulness-based approach to stress.

Dr. Romie emphasizes the importance of her SHIFT protocol in managing stress.

Sleep

Hormones

Inflammation

Food, and

Technology

While a lot of Dr. Romie’s focus has been on workplace burnout, in this episode she talks to the chronic stress that sometimes parents (especially moms) of children with disability experience.

Tune in to learn about:

  1. The top 3 ways to address burnout and the “freeze response” in moms

  2. What the step prior to gratitude is (it’s ok to not start from gratitude)

  3. How we can redefine self care to not just survive but thrive under chronic stress.

You can take Dr. Romie’s Busy Brain Test at https://drromie.com/busy-brain-test/

Make sure to pre-order her book The Busy Brain Cure today – it will be out in Jan 2024.

You can find Dr. Romie Mushtaq at drromie.com or  www.instagram.com/drromie

 

 

 

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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.

127 Navigating Schools and IEPs for Neurodivergent Learners – with Lisa Wright

127 Navigating Schools and IEPs for Neurodivergent Learners – with Lisa Wright

Compliance and Education are not the same thing. A student may look as though they are complying but that does not mean they are engaged and learning.” – Lisa Wright

Join Dr. Vaish Sarathy in this episode to dive into a transformative conversation on education and inclusion for Autistic children and children with Down Syndrome in schools with IEP coach Lisa Wright. If IEPs are challenging for you, if you spend restless nights awake in sheer terror anticipating a meeting and after an IEP meeting or a meeting with your child’s school, this episode is for you!

In this episode you will learn about:

– The number 1 skill that teachers can benefit from…

– Why your student is more than a “buddy” or “kiddo”

– Common conflicts at IEP meetings
– Tools for parents to help navigate school meetings
– Why compliance and engagement are different

– Why goals should focus on the learner strengths, not behaviors.

– What a neurodiversity affirming IEP looks like!

You can find Lisa Wright at https://www.lisabaskinwright.com/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lisabaskinwright/

 

 

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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.

126 Regulation in parents and helping our children grow – with Andrea Pollack

126 Regulation in parents and helping our children grow – with Andrea Pollack

“We want to be in a position to allow children to borrow our calm” – says Andrea Pollack in Episode 126 of Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids.

Today we are talking about something we don’t address often enough – and that is regulation in a parent! There is so much discussion about regulation in our kids, but we know co-regulation is a thing, and I am really happy to be chatting about this today in my podcast.

Join me in this conversation with Andrea Pollack of Autism Parent Solutions to see what it is that helps Moms regulate – how can we support our children’s regulation and help them grow.

It turns out that a lot of Learning and Regulation Strategies have many similar roots. Feel free to download my free book on 6 strategies that support Learning and Regulation – at www.functionalnutritionforkids.com/learning

 

 

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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.

125 5 surprising facts about an Anti-Inflammatory diet for kids

125 5 surprising facts about an Anti-Inflammatory diet for kids

If your child struggling with learning or behavior, it may be time to try an anti-inflammatory diet.

On this episode of Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids, Dr. Vaish Sarathy breaks down the 5 contrary secrets of an anti-inflammatory diet.

Learn what foods to eat and avoid, how long it takes to see results, and why a least restrictive diet is the best approach.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your child’s learning and behavior, this episode is for you!

Download Dr. Sarathy’s free ebook, The Gut-Health Cheat-Sheet and Toolkit for Children, at 

Sign up for the waitlist for her upcoming course, Roadmap to Attention and Regulation

 

 

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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.