You have heard thousands of times how movement is good for circulation and heart health, but many parents are surprised to hear about the significant impact that movement--specific movements--can have on improving their child's ability to stay calm, focused and to effectively learn. Problems with Fine & Gross Motor Skills Poor coordination, balance, fine motor … Continue reading Using Movement So Your Child Can Better Learn & Behave!
If your child struggles with learning and behaviour then they likely have weak connections in a higher brain level called executive function—the brain's CEO. Children, like adults, require executive function to accomplish a multitude of daily tasks like getting ready for school, focusing in class and homework completion. This mental skill set is responsible for … Continue reading How a Disorganized Brain Can Contribute to Learning & Behaviour Challenges
The high incidence of picky-eating among children with learning and behaviour disorders is no coincidence and has been reported by researchers since the 1940’s. I see it my office everyday--and it is practically a hallmark of autism spectrum. Picky eating can not only be the result of imbalances taking place in the body but can … Continue reading 5 Ways to End Picky-Eating by Addressing the Cause!
It seems every parent I talk with is having struggles with mealtimes and picky eating. It's not uncommon to hear that a child won't eat anything except four or five select foods. I've come to realise that parents today have a cultural phobia of previous generations' "clean your plate" approach to eating. Unfortunately, the permissive … Continue reading 8 Tips to Curb Picky-Eating for Better Learning & Behaviour
Nutritional deficiencies are often overlooked when addressing childhood disorders like dyslexia, ADHD and other brain disorders. The idea that certain key vitamins, minerals or fats could wreak such havoc on your child may seem preposterous. Yet extensive research over the last several decades has revealed irrefutable research that certain nutrients are crucial for brain function. … Continue reading Is Your Child Lacking Brain Nutrients? Learn the Signs
The Short Cut to Improving Learning and Behaviour If your child is struggling with learning or behaviour, it does not mean they have a ‘bad brain’. Contrary to popular belief, ‘star students’ are not born—their brains have strong connections in areas of the brain that enable successful learning. School struggles can simply indicate your child’s … Continue reading The Short Cut To Better Learning and Improved Behaviour
'Super Mom, Super Wife, Super Tired' OR SUPER Bunch of B.S. In my last post I talked about how your child's health is reflective of your health as a mother and why it is so important for moms to practice self-care for their sake and their family's. Around mother's day I started receiving sponsored ads … Continue reading The #1 Secret to Help Your Struggling Child
The sudden and steep increase in childhood disorders in recent decades has the attention and concern of everyone: from parents of struggling children to their teachers to doctors to grandparents. Dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum and other learning disabilities is heartbreaking for both you as a parent and your child. You likely find yourself asking what … Continue reading Why Childhood Disorders are on the Rise
I was moved yesterday as I scrolled through my Facebook feed and saw all the Mother's Day memes describing mom as 'super mom', 'super-human' and 'self-sacrificing'. It is true that there really is nothing like a mother's love and it is reassuring to know that as a culture we recognize the lengths that women go to for … Continue reading The Super Mom Myth—Enough Already! Your Children Need You Healthy!
One of my favorite things about summer is that I can steer away from rigid meal planning and play with what's in season in the garden. Below is the recipe for a last minute meal I put together the other day with the harvest from Hoople Creek's CSA basket. This lovely basket of organic, in-season … Continue reading In-Season Vegetable Garden Bowl