Soaring Child: Thriving with ADHD

Dana Kay

Here is a place where you will learn how to address your child's ADHD symptoms naturally so you can stop walking on eggshells & bring back peace & calm to your home. Hosted Dana Kay, board certified health & nutrition practitioner, author of the best selling book Thriving with ADHD, leading ADHD expert but most importantly a mom with a child with ADHD who gets it. As a mother of a child with ADHD, she knows firsthand the struggles that come with parenting a neurodiverse child & the freedom that is possible once parents learn to reduce ADHD symptoms. Dana has been featured in Forbes, on Fox & CBS, & various other online media. She has also been a guest at multiple parenting & ADHD summits & podcasts. Her goal with the Soaring child is to give hope & answers to parents of children with ADHD who are looking for alternative (natural) and effective means of helping them learn to thrive at home, at school, and in life. Because children with ADHD deserve to soar, just like every other child. read less
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Episodes

116: Grounding Techniques for ADHD Kids with Lauren Connolly
3d ago
116: Grounding Techniques for ADHD Kids with Lauren Connolly
Description: Grounding: could it be the missing piece in your child's ADHD management? Find out in this episode of the Soaring Child podcast with guest Lauren Connolly.  Connolly is an artist whose life work is a testament to the tranquil power of connecting with nature and expressing oneself through art. She has a passion for art and biology, stemming from childhood days surrounded by wildlife magazines, dreams of creating beautiful art, and countless days exploring the forest. Lauren's artistic endeavors flourish through Wild Developments Studio, where her vibrant pieces celebrate the natural world through wildlife photography, watercolor painting, and nature journaling. New in 2024, Wild Developments Podcast aimed to inspire people to connect with nature through storytelling and the visual arts.  Tune in to this episode to learn how grounding can help your child with ADHD! Link Mentioned in the Show:  Symptom Reduction Tool - https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/tool     Key Takeaways: [5:20] What is grounding? [7:08] Why Lauren got interested in grounding [8:49] The challenges of grounding for kids with ADHD [10:58] 7 specific grounding techniques [25:25] The benefits of grounding [30:20] Advice for parents who want to incorporate grounding into their daily lives [32:51] Where to find Lauren online   Memorable Moments: ”Bedtime can be a very stressful time with kiddos who just…refuse, and I know as a parent we get more and more stressed.” “We know kiddos who struggle with those exacerbated ADHD symptoms and behaviors…their nervous systems are on overdrive a lot of the time, so this means they are in that hyper-aroused state, easily activated…They’re in that chronic fight or flight mode a lot of the day.” ”Another huge reason I see is…separation anxiety.” ”Our circadian rhythms are so off with the way we live.” ”Kids often have a lot of sensory-based needs that don’t get met during the day…or movement needs.” ”For some children..sometimes they do have nightmares or night terrors or they may also have things that have happened to them in the past…that sometimes get in the way of those restful sleeps. And it can be as simple as always being in trouble at school.” ”Start with creating…that really structured, predictable, and consistent bedtime.” ”We hold the keys to our kiddos' nervous system…so using our connection and relationship to scaffold and support that wind-down.” ”How do we as parents reconcile and come to some acceptance of this season of reality right now?” Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstituteLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhdADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
117: Sleep Issues in Kids with ADHD with Ashley Gobeil
3d ago
117: Sleep Issues in Kids with ADHD with Ashley Gobeil
Description: Does your child struggle with sleeping at night? Do you feel like every night brings another bedtime battle? If so, then you definitely want to tune in to this Soaring Child Podcast episode with Child and Family Therapist, Ashley Gobeil.  A highly experienced therapist with over 15 years experience, Ashley has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Social Health & Counseling, and a Masters of Social Work Qualifying. She has also completed a range of certifications on family therapy, developmental trauma, attachment theory, and more. Ashley works in a variety of contexts including childcare, schools, child and adolescent mental health, domestic and family violence, family divorce, and childhood trauma. She has specific experience with children who have been given the diagnoses of ADHD, ODD, and learning difficulties.  Link Mentioned in the Show:  Jumpstart 4 Parenting Program - http://adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingFREE Guide to Ashley’s Top 5 Body and Sensory Based Strategies for Parents of Kids with ADHD - https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/free-5-body-and-sensory-based-strategies-optin Key Takeaways: [4:15] What gets in the way of a peaceful bedtime for kids with ADHD? [17:40] Strategies parents can use to support restful sleep [35:28] Natural ways to support sleep Memorable Moments: ”Bedtime can be a very stressful time with kiddos who just…refuse, and I know as a parent we get more and more stressed.” “We know kiddos who struggle with those exacerbated ADHD symptoms and behaviors…their nervous systems are on overdrive a lot of the time, so this means they are in that hyper-aroused state, easily activated…They’re in that chronic fight or flight mode a lot of the day.” ”Another huge reason I see is…separation anxiety.” ”Our circadian rhythms are so off with the way we live.” ”Kids often have a lot of sensory-based needs that don’t get met during the day…or movement needs.” ”For some children..sometimes they do have nightmares or night terrors or they may also have things that have happened to them in the past…that sometimes get in the way of those restful sleeps. And it can be as simple as always being in trouble at school.” ”Start with creating…that really structured, predictable, and consistent bedtime.” ”We hold the keys to our kiddos' nervous system…so using our connection and relationship to scaffold and support that wind-down.” ”How do we as parents reconcile and come to some acceptance of this season of reality right now?” Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstituteLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhdADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
115: Parasites in Kids with ADHD with Sinclair Kennally
04-07-2024
115: Parasites in Kids with ADHD with Sinclair Kennally
Description: Parasites are organisms that depend on a host to survive and spread. Could your child with ADHD have parasites that are affecting not only their ADHD symptoms but also their overall health and wellbeing? Find out in this episode where guest Sinclair Kennally joins the show.  Sinclair is a Traditional Naturopath. She's the co-founder of MeditationRx and CEO of Detox RejuveNation. She’s not only an expert on chronic digestive disorders but also a passionate believer that toxins, including those from parasites, are at the root of many health epidemics today. Along with her partner, Michael Spandel, Sinclair has turned her own journey through complex chronic illness into a mission to help thousands reclaim their health and vitality. In this episode, Sinclair helps us understand more about what parasites are, how they differ in kids and adults, the symptoms to watch out for, and what we can do about it. Link Mentioned in the Show:  ADHD Supplement Starter Bundle -  https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/supplements  Key Takeaways: [3:45] What are parasites, and how do they get into the body? [5:14] What makes a good host for a parasite? [8:37] How do parasites affect kids differently than adults? [10:02] Common symptoms of parasites [14:02] How parasites are treated in traditional medicine [17:43] How families can identify parasites [22:46] What steps to take if you suspect parasites [30:44] Where to find Sinclair online Memorable Moments: ”It’s really actually not unusual to be exposed to parasites.” “You can get parasites all over the globe.” ”They’re a part of nature, as are we. The question is, are you a good host and is your child a good host for them? And are they allowed to set up shop or can you and your child fend them off appropriately with a strong immune system?” ”If your toxin bucket is full - if your stress bucket is full - you are a better match to parasites.” ”Parasites…are also highly neurotoxic. Those neurotoxic side effects are going to present differently in children than they would in adults and in the elderly.” ”Parasites do have a consciousness…they are always fighting back.” ”ADHD, ADD, anxiety presenting in children is often a misunderstood response to parasites and to gut disruption.” ”Your pediatrician is fundamentally not prepared to assess this, and it’s not their fault.” ”I always recommend - wherever possible - a whole family approach because exposure happens in families typically.” ”If you’re willing to assess your child, please be willing to assess yourself as well.” Sinclair Kennally Resources:  🔗WEBSITE:  https://detoxrejuvenation.com/     👋SOCIALS: Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DetoxRejuveNation/Instagram: : @detoxrejuveation Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
114: The ADHD Shrapnel Effect, Part 2 
27-06-2024
114: The ADHD Shrapnel Effect, Part 2
Description: If you haven't already listened to Part 1 of this interview with Perry from The Success Blueprint Podcast, we recommend you give it a listen first, as Dana and Perry laid some important groundwork about ADHD and discussed pivotal strategies that set the stage for today's discussion.  Then tune into this episode, which is part 2 of this 2-part series! in this episode, discover:   ✅ How parents - and specifically dad - can really benefit from making some of these natural changes.   ✅ Your three choices when it comes to managing ADHD. ✅ A sneak peek into our exclusive program designed to support families dealing with ADHD. ✅ The famous gumball test - a sure fire way to know if dietary changes are necessary for your child with ADHD. ✅ And more!  Link Mentioned in the Show:  Book a free call here - http://adhdthriveinstitute.com/meet  Key Takeaways: [2:20] How dietary changes affect adults - specifically men - in the home [8:32] Dana’s rock bottom that led her to finally make some changes [19:48] Your 3 choices [21:55] A sneak peek into Dana’s program [25:15] The cost of NOT reducing your child’s ADHD symptoms [34:05] What people like the most about the program [37:15] Dana’s guarantee [39:08] The most common objections/obstacles families face (and how to overcome them) [41:08] The famous gumball test Memorable Moments: ”When families do this together as a family, the changes that the whole family see are just amazing.” ”A lot of people are skeptical…It goes against everything that we knew was right…But for partners, when they can start to feel it in their own body, and when they can start to see the changes around them, that’s when they get on board.” ”Tiny hinges swing really big doors.” ”Whether or not someone finds themself at rock bottom or not, you can start making changes today. You can start seeing changes so quickly in your child if you just take that first step.” ”Everything I do in my program is everything that I was missing when I was going through that same journey with my own son.” ”We’re not just trying to slap on that one-size-fits-all approach, like medication. Every child is different. Every child is unique.” ”It actually costs 5X more to raise a child with ADHD than to raise a child without the condition currently.” ”We have a really, really high success rate. When families follow through and when they do the work, they have success.” ”There hasn’t been a picky eater I have not been able to help.” ”If there’s an obstacle you can bring up to me, we’ve probably dealt with it before in our program. We’ve probably got a resource inside our program that can help that family overcome it.” ”There are shortcuts you can do so you don’t have to spend all that time in the kitchen.” ”It may seem like it’s a lot of work but because we’re doing it in slow, small steps to get you to where you need to go, it becomes a lot easier. And really, we are just changing your normal.” ”If you’ve got a child with ADHD, you do not need to suffer. They do not need to suffer. There are things out there that can help you.” Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
113: The ADHD Shrapnel Effect, Part 1: One of Dana Kay’s Favorite Interviews in Her Whole Career
20-06-2024
113: The ADHD Shrapnel Effect, Part 1: One of Dana Kay’s Favorite Interviews in Her Whole Career
Description: Recently, Dana Kay was interviewed by Perry from The Success Blueprint Podcast, and it was one of her absolute favorite interviews ever. It was so impactful and different from any other discussion she’s had before that she knew she had to bring it here as well. In this episode, Dana and Perry discussed topics like:    ✅ The #1 Magic Ingredient to Reduced ADHD Symptoms ✅ Why We Want & Need 'Boring' ✅ The Shrapnel Effect of ADHD  ✅ Why Americans Keep Getting Sicker ✅ And much more!  Link Mentioned in the Show:  Book a free call here - http://adhdthriveinstitute.com/meet  Key Takeaways: [4:35] Dana’s own story with her son’s ADHD diagnosis [8:48] What is ADHD, and what causes it? [15:36] What Dana would say to those who don’t buy into natural strategies [20:23] Why “boring” is actually a really good thing in families of kids with ADHD [22:45] The “shrapnel effect” of ADHD [30:35] Why Americans keep getting sicker and other countries don’t experience this same thing [40:17] What are the specific steps in Dana’s plan to reduce ADHD symptoms? [42:58] The gut-brain connection [48:45] The 3 worst foods & best foods for ADHD kids to eat [55:41] Additional lifestyle changes that families need to make Memorable Moments: ”ADHD is actually one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. Just in the USA alone, there’s over 6 million children that have been diagnosed, and 3/4 of them are receiving treatment of strong medication and/or behavior therapy.” ”ADHD symptoms can be reduced - not just from medications. There are other strategies out there that can help a child thrive without just pounding on different medications and dealing with the side effects.” ”Just the basic day-to-day life without constant ups and downs and tension was all I wanted.” ”Inflammation leads to difficult ADHD symptoms.” ”Our bodies have these pathways called detoxification pathways that clean out that trash - those toxins, those viruses, that bacteria, foreign substances that are really affecting our body, affecting our kid’s body.” ”The way that wheat is processed in the USA today is so different to how it was…hundreds of years ago.” ”There are artificial dyes that are banned in Canada, Europe, and Australia but they’re allowed here in the food supply of the USA without a second thought.” ”When families make this change - that follow my plan - it’s not just the child that starts to thrive. It’s the whole family.” ”The importance of diet in ADHD, it isn’t just anecdotal. There is a lot of scientific research out there…There is a clear link between certain foods and ADHD symptoms.” Lab testing “is that really valuable tool to look beneath the surface and identify specific challenges with that gut or other areas that may be contributing to ADHD.” ”We as parents hold the key to our child’s nervous system until they are 18 years old. So they actually borrow our nervous system to regulate themselves.” Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
112: Answers to Your Questions about ADHD with Andrea Daigle
13-06-2024
112: Answers to Your Questions about ADHD with Andrea Daigle
Description: Do you have questions about naturally reducing ADHD symptoms?  Have you ever wondered if constipation was normal in kids?  Or why gut health is so important? Or how to know if something is just normal, typical, kid behavior or if it’s something else? In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, regular guest Andrea Daigle comes back on the show to answer some of the most common questions we get asked about naturally reducing ADHD symptoms in kids.  You do NOT want to miss this episode that’s chock-full of questions to your frequently asked questions.  Andreas is one of our amazing professional coaches at the ADHD Thrive Institute. She is also a board-certified holistic health practitioner (FDNP) who has has assisted numerous families with ADHD.  Link Mentioned in the Show:  Book a free call - ADHD Symptom Reduction Key Takeaways: [3:01] Is constipation normal?  [4:52] Natural ways to address constipation in kids [6:09] Why is gut health so important for kids with ADHD [9:21] How to know if something is just normal, typical, kid behavior or if it’s something else?  [17:53] Potential causes of bad breath in kids with ADHD [20:04] What to do if you have a picky eater  [26:53] What to do if you’ve tried lots of things and nothing is working Memorable Moments: ”Constipation is NOT normal. It can definitely contribute to your child’s symptoms…Having a bowel movement, that’s the body’s way of removing toxins, so if we’re not pooping, those toxins are building up in the body.” ”The gut-brain connection is so incredibly huge.” ”If constipation is building up and you have a breakdown in the gut, that is driving inflammation in the body..which in turn can drive those ADHD symptoms.” ”When dysregulation is happening constantly and it’s becoming more frequent…that’s when we need to really start asking questions.” ”Remember, your child is not giving you a hard time. They’re having a hard time.” ”If you are feeling like, ‘How are we going to go another day like this? This is not sustainable,' then it’s time to put your investigative hat on and start doing something different.” ”If your child has bad breath, we need to figure out what’s going on in the body that  is driving that because that too is not normal.” “The healing starts with us…with the parents.” ”Our kids deserve to feel better, and if they’re eating that way, they probably have symptoms that are coming from that…Their body is telling you that you need to do something, so let’s just start taking those baby steps.”   Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
111: Why Traditional ADHD Treatments Don’t Always Work With Dana Kay
06-06-2024
111: Why Traditional ADHD Treatments Don’t Always Work With Dana Kay
Why don’t traditional ADHD treatments always work?  Why does it sometimes feel like no matter what you try - be it medication, supplements, therapy, or various other strategies - that NOTHING actually works long term for your child with ADHD?  If you’ve ever asked either of  these questions, then this episode of the Soaring Child podcast is for you. Many times, traditional ADHD treatments don’t work long term because they are focusing on symptom management, NOT actually addressing the underlying stressors of ADHD. Tune in to this episode to learn more.  Link Mentioned in the Show:  ADHD Fast Class - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  Key Takeaways: [2:22] Why medication doesn’t always work [5:13] Why supplementation doesn’t always work [9:05] Why therapy doesn’t always work [9:45] Why parent coaching doesn’t always work [12:01] Why dietary changes alone don’t always work [17:02] The REAL issue parents need to address in order to effectively reduce ADHD symptoms long term Memorable Moments: ”If you've ever been puzzled by the effectiveness of traditional methods, this is your episode.” ”The biggest misconception about ADHD in kids is that medication is the only way to treat it. The problem with medications is that they merely mask the symptoms, without addressing the underlying stressors of ADHD.” ”Supplements can be effective and healing in the body. But first, parents need to be sure they are supplementing correctly.” “We supplement based on a child’s unique needs, and not use a one size fits all approach. Because one size does not fit all.” “Shockingly, many supplements have quality problems.” ”We sacrificed a LOT to try therapy for my son, and it did not help at all. Not even a little bit.” ”Therapy can be effective, but it’s not the most impactful way of handling ADHD symptoms for the vast majority of children.” ”While it is valuable to learn effective parenting strategies, and learn to communicate with your child better, those are almost never the reason children experience ADHD symptoms.” ”Diet can definitely make a difference. But, many children with ADHD are picky eaters, and they can act up if they aren’t given foods they like.” ”I have never seen a child grow out of ADHD without some kind of changes.” ”The truth is, most ADHD strategies…. often miss the mark in addressing the real issue. Instead, they only address the symptoms.” ”The reason traditional ADHD treatments don’t work long term is because they are focusing on symptom management, NOT actually addressing the underlying stressor of  the ADHD.” ”The World Health Organization ranks chronic inflammatory diseases as the greatest threat to human health.”   Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
110: One Family’s Experience with Functional Lab Testing for ADHD with Marisa Faassen
30-05-2024
110: One Family’s Experience with Functional Lab Testing for ADHD with Marisa Faassen
Have you ever wondered if there was more you could do to understand and manage your child's ADHD symptoms?  One family's journey with functional lab testing might just offer the answers you're looking for. In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast episode, you can hear from Marisa, the mother of a child with ADHD who used functional lab testing to support her child. Hear their story and discover how you too might benefit from this approach.  Link Mentioned in the Show:  Thriving with ADHD Book - adhdthriveinstitute.com/book Key Takeaways: [4:27] About Marisa & her family’s journey with ADHD [9:43] Why Marisa decided to explore functional lab testing for her child [14:32] The lab tests Marisa did with her child [19:24] Key findings from the lab tests [23:32] How Marisa first felt when they got their lab results back [26:43] How Marisa handled the dietary and lifestyle changes they needed to make [32:43] How long it took before Marisa saw improvements in her child [35:08] Marisa’s advice to parents considering functional lab testing for their children Memorable Moments: “She was a very picky eater…Then we started noticing the emotional dysregulation.” ”We were starting to get some judgment from some of our family,  because when you don’t understand ADHD, you don’t get it. You look at a child and think, ‘Why can’t you discipline them? Why can’t you calm them down? Why can’t they regulate themselves?' They’re looking at them as bad kids because they see that as bad behavior.” ”For the first time in our journey, I felt understood. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this makes sense.’” ”Honestly for us, it was a relief. It was validation that we weren’t crazy..that there was something going on that we couldn’t identify.”  ”We go to doctors now…and you’re just always given something. Here’s a pill. Here’s a pill. Here’s a pill. And you never get to the root of the issue.” ”We never want her ADHD to be a handicap to her.” ”We go in and we think we need to do it all at once, but that’s overwhelming for us…We just did one thing at a time.” ”It was noticeable in her appearance as soon as she went off the gluten.” ”It just takes time. It’s hard at first…but just give it the time.” ”The functional lab testing… is that foundation, and you can build on it.” ”There’s more to treating ADHD than just medication. That is the one thing I wish I’d known.”   Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
109: Is it ADHD…or a Concussion? with Dr. Spencer Zimmerman
23-05-2024
109: Is it ADHD…or a Concussion? with Dr. Spencer Zimmerman
Did you know that ADHD is meant to be a diagnosis of exclusion? This means other potential causes should be considered before confirming ADHD.  Surprisingly, conditions like concussions can show similar symptoms and are often misdiagnosed as ADHD. In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, Dr. Spencer Zimmerman joins the show to discuss how concussions in kids are frequently mistaken for ADHD and what signs to look for. Dr. Zimmerman is a Clinician and Founder at Idaho Brain and Body Institute, where he helps individuals struggling with neurological, psychological, and body-based symptoms and conditions. He's refined his unique method over the past 10 years and has worked with over 2,000 patients. He's the author of the best selling book Brain-Reset: 7 Steps to a Healthier Brain. He's been on ABC, CBS, and Daily Flash talking about brain health. He's uniquely cross trained as both a Chiropractor and Nurse Practitioner. He's a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology, a Peptide Certified Provider through A4M, and has extensive training in Functional Medicine and Functional Immunology.  Link Mentioned in the Episode:  Free Breakfast Guide for Better Mornings - http://adhdthriveinstitute.com/breakfastguide    Key Takeaways: [4:29] How often are concussion symptoms mistaken for ADHD? [5:47] Similarities between ADHD symptoms and concussion symptoms [7:17] How can parents make sure their kids are prepared for contact sports [9:57] The prevalence of concussions among youth & signs to watch for [14:47] What parents should do if they suspect a concussion [18:35] Steps for recovery from a concussion [21:38] When should kids go back to playing sports after a concussion [22:37] What can be done to minimize the risk of concussions [24:57] Where to find Dr. Zimmerman online   Memorable Moments:  ”It may look like ADHD symptoms if a concussion goes misdiagnosed.” ”ADHD rates are going up, and there’s a lot of different things that are happening…that are contributing to that. But let’s not forget also that there can be other things that can cause ADHD-like symptoms.” ”When you get a diagnosis, you’ve got to say, ‘Is there a better explanation for it?’ So don’t ever give a kid an ADHD diagnosis unless you’ve said, ‘We’ve looked at the other things that would better explain these symptoms, and concussions are things that are routinely missed.” ”It’s actually upwards of 20% of kids who play contact sports will suffer a concussion each and every year, and 50% are never going to be diagnosed or evaluated… ”The goal is not to prevent them from playing sports. The goal is to say, ‘How can we play sports safely and  then when is the right time to return because your functionality is back where it should be?’” ”You shouldn’t be making a concussion diagnosis based purely on symptoms.” ”If you’re suspecting a concussion, you won’t see it on imaging. You have to do these detailed tests.” ”If you have a concussion, your risk of a lower extremity injury or any injury in a sport actually goes up the next 2 years...But if you get the concussion truly recovered and not just symptom-free, you’re going to minimize that risk.” ”Females have a greater risk for concussions.” ”Strengthen your neck because that way,  if you do, you’ve got more resilience.”   How to Connect with Dr. Spencer Zimmerman Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drspencerzimmerman/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrSpencerZimmerman  Website: https://www.drspencerzimmerman.com/    Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
108: The Effects of Gut Health on Children’s Mental Health with Dr. Elisa Song
16-05-2024
108: The Effects of Gut Health on Children’s Mental Health with Dr. Elisa Song
“We are in a state of emergency for children’s mental health.” Dr. Elisa Song In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, discover the most up-to-date information about children’s mental health and how gut health directly impacts mental health. Dr. Elisa Song joins the show to share what parents can do to build resilience in their children.  Elisa Song, MD, is an integrative pediatrician and pediatric functional medicine expert, and most importantly, a mother to two thriving children. She has dedicated her career to helping parents and practitioners bridge the gap between conventional and holistic pediatrics with an evidence-based, pediatrician-backed, parent-approved approach.  Dr. Song has lectured around the world at leading integrative and functional medicine conferences and premier parenting events. She has also been featured in hundreds of top podcasts, print, and online media outlets. Her new book, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids, is available now.    Links Mentioned in the Podcast:  ADHD Symptom Reduction Tool - http://adhdthriveinstitute.com/tool  Dr. Elisa Song’s new book, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids - https://www.healthykidshappykids.com/book/    Key Takeaways: [3:39] The current state of children’s mental health [6:53] The gut-brain connection and how it relates to mental health [17:16] The most common factors that disrupt our kids' microbiomes [26:16] Tips for creating gut-brain resilience in children [37:12] Healthy Kids, Happy Kids - Dr. Song’s new book [40:28] Where to find Dr. Elisa Song online   Memorable Moments: “We are in a state of emergency for children’s mental health.” “By the time kids are 18, 1 in 2 will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder.” “When we are talking about our children’s mental health…we always need to look at their guts.” “Antibiotics given to infants…can significantly increase - by up to 50% - the risk of that child having mental health concerns by the time they are older kids or teenagers.” “The vast majority of neurotransmitters are made by our gut microbiome.” “If we do not have a healthy balance of all of these beneficial bacteria that make our neurotransmitters, there’s no way we can have optimal or healthy brain development or brain functioning.” “One of the single most insidious and persistent and ever-present disruptors are our ultra-processed foods.” “Not only do these ultra-processed foods affect our gut microbiome, they also affect our kids' brains.” “It takes only 2 months of a steady diet of ultra-processed foods to change our brain, we can reverse that trend with a steady diet of gut-nourishing, brain-nourishing food.” “Psychological stress can disrupt your gut microbiome in the matter of an hour.” “Stress is not necessarily a bad thing.” “Having no stress may be more stressful and inflammatory to your body and brain than having some stress that you can overcome.” “When you want your kids to expand their pallets, the best way is to get them cooking.”   How to Connect with Dr. Elisa Song Website: https://healthykidshappykids.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthykids_happykids/   Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
107: Primitive Reflexes in Kids with ADHD with Dr. Kaleb Scroggin
09-05-2024
107: Primitive Reflexes in Kids with ADHD with Dr. Kaleb Scroggin
What are primitive reflexes? What role do they play in ADHD symptoms? And can working on retained primitive reflexes really make that much of a difference in kids with ADHD?  Dr. Kaleb Scroggin joins this episode of the Soaring Child podcast to share more on this topic. Dr. Scroggin was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia where he currently runs his pediatric-focused Chiropractic practice. He was a high level athlete growing up where he was exposed to sports chiropractic and even went on to work with pro athletes in the NFL and MLB during his undergraduate and the first portion of his chiropractic schooling.  He was then exposed to the profound impact of working with children and the life changes that can happen when a child’s health is improved and restored. He immediately shifted from working with athletes and dove into newborn and neurodevelopmental health. From there he received a board certification in pediatrics and published a paper on balance and coordination in children with ASD, while running a practice and raising three beautiful children with his wife. Every day he is invigorated with the changes he sees in childrens’ lives. If you are curious to learn more about retained primitive reflexes, tune in to this episode!    Link mentioned in the podcast: Book a free call with my team: https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/meet    Key Takeaways: [4:01] What are primitive reflexes? [8:21] What are retained primitive reflexes? [14:30] What should a parent do if they suspect a child has retained primitive reflexes? [22:02] Are there specific reflexes that are directly related to ADHD challenges? [30:16] Is there a time when it’s too late to fix these things? [37:00] Where to find Kaleb online   Memorable Moments: ”Primitive reflexes are the major movers of your body from about 4 months pre-birth to about 4 months after birth, and their goal is to actually train your brain on what to do.” ”There’s about 14 different…primitive reflexes…that we check in our office on our new infant exams that should be there at birth.” ”There are some reflexes that are there starting at 4 months before birth and some that don’t come on until a few months after birth that help with different developmental milestones.” ”Movement is the #1 driver of brain development.” ”There’s a ton of infant reflexes that need to be integrated in order for that frontal lobe - the executive function - to have a good foundation to work.” ”You have to turn on the whole frontal part of the brain in the developmental order as a baby for the adult part of the brain to work appropriately.”   How to Connect with Dr. Kaleb Scroggin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/restorationchirosavannah/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drkalebscroggin/   Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
106: How to Have a Non Toxic Summer with Dana Kay
02-05-2024
106: How to Have a Non Toxic Summer with Dana Kay
Summer is full of outdoor activities and memorable adventures. But it's also a time when our children are more exposed to various environmental toxins, like chlorine from swimming pools, chemicals in sunscreens, etc. These toxins can add a significant load to their bodies, exacerbating ADHD symptoms. In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, discover how to have a non-toxic summer (and how to safely and effectively detox from any toxins your child might be exposed to).    Links mentioned in the episode:  My favorite magnesium flakes: https://amzn.to/3PISJEE  My favorite HM-ET binder: https://shop.adhdthriveinstitute.com/hm-et-binder-120-capsules.html  ADHD Fast Class: https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  Detoxification Episode - https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/podcast/soaring-child-episode-88/    Key Takeaways: [3:20] Common toxins kids are exposed to during the summer [7:20] Tips to make swimming less toxic [11:38] What to look for in a sunscreen [15:38] How parents can ensure a toxin-free environment at summer camp [18:14] Natural ways to support detoxification and reduce the impact of toxins   Memorable Moments: ”During the summer, children are often more active and spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, which, while very beneficial for kids with ADHD, also increases their exposure to various environmental toxins.” ”Because children's bodies are still developing, they are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of chemical exposures. Their smaller size, higher rates of metabolism, and the fact that they're closer to the ground (where some toxins settle) further increase their risk.” ”Though chlorine isn’t ideal, there are things you can do to help your  kids detox those chemicals before and after swimming.” ”You can still use sunscreen but choose a cleaner brand and this will go a long way in reducing your child’s overall toxic load!” ”It’s much easier to limit a child’s toxic exposure when they’re at home with us under our supervision, but many of our kids will also be going to summer camps so we need to think about this too.“ ”The goal is to support the body's natural detoxification processes, which include the liver, kidneys, digestive system, and skin, in a gentle and supportive way.” ”Remember, small tweaks can make a significant impact.”   Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITES: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ 💻FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl ⭐COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
105: An ADHD Teenager Shares His Success Story with Matthew
25-04-2024
105: An ADHD Teenager Shares His Success Story with Matthew
One of the most common questions I hear from families is, "How can I get my child, especially a teenager, on board with these changes?"  If you have ever had that thought, then you definitely want to tune in to this episode.  Joining the show for  this episode is a special guest, a teenager named Matthew who has been working with his family to successfully reduce his ADHD symptoms so much that he has reduced his medication by 90%.  Matthew is a 17 year old student who is full of wisdom and insight for both kids on a similar journey and their parents.  Link Mentioned in the Show:  Dye-Free for ADHD course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY     Key Takeaways: [4:54] About Matthew [5:59] What led Matthew & his family to try natural strategies for ADHD [8:08] Matthew’s doubts [9:51] The success Matthew has felt since implementing natural strategies to reduce ADHD symptoms [16:19] How Matthew explains his diet to friends [17:41] How Matthew’s friends typically respond [19:31] What Matthew does when going somewhere that unhealthy snacks are offered [21:09] What motivates Matthew to stick to his dietary restrictions [22:14] The biggest struggle Matthew has faced [28:24] Matthew’s advice to other kids   Memorable Moments: ”When my mom found this diet, it pretty much changed my life for the better.” ”This diet has made me decrease the medicine but still be able to focus…I’ve decreased my medicine by 90%…I don’t have low blood sugar anymore.” ”My taste buds have also changed during this diet.” ”My diet has been a positive influence on many people. In fact, my teachers will even come up with their meals and be like, ‘Look what I’m eating. I’m eating all these vegetables….' I’m known as the pepper boy at my school because every day I bring peppers.” ”Everyone knows that I have a diet, and no one judges me for it. In fact, I probably get more compliments than I do weird looks or anything.”  ”I have a community that accepts me.” ”Don’t be sad about what you can’t eat, but learn to enjoy what you can eat.” ”You can still have lots of friends even though you might not eat the same as them. If they’re good friends, they’re not going to leave you just because of what you eat.” ”It’s definitely worth it. 100%” ”Trust that the diet will make you the person that you want to be - for sure - because it made me the person I want to be.”   Dana Kay Resources: 🔗WEBSITE: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/ https://dana-kay.com/ 👋SOCIALS: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute 📕INTERNATIONAL  BEST SELLING BOOK: Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/ FREE MASTERCLASS Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl COURSES & PROGRAMS ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/ Dye-Free for ADHD Course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY
104: Lyme Disease & Its Effect on ADHD with Heather Gray
18-04-2024
104: Lyme Disease & Its Effect on ADHD with Heather Gray
ADHD symptoms don't emerge in a vacuum, and they often have underlying hidden stressors, sometimes multiple, that need to be addressed. Without tackling these root issues, families find themselves stuck on an endless rollercoaster of symptom management.  One often overlooked stressor is Lyme disease. It’s known for its broad range of symptoms, including some of those that might mimic or exacerbate ADHD.  In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, meet Heather Gray. Heather is a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Bioenergetic Practitioner specializing in supporting clients with chronic and complex illnesses such as Lyme disease and similar diseases. She has 32 years of personal experience, and she understands the struggles of living with these conditions and is dedicated to helping others find relief. Her personalized approach as a practitioner, podcast host, and author has helped countless people reduce inflammation in the body and brain, improve gut health, and achieve optimal wellness. She helps her clients get to the root cause of their symptoms and helps them take control of their health journey.    Link mentioned in the episode:  Dye-Free for ADHD course - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY    Key Takeaways: [4:49] Heather’s personal journey with chronic illness [10:13] What is Lyme Disease & how do people get it? [12:53] How long does it take after getting infected that someone begins showing symptoms? [15:44] Symptoms of Lyme Disease parents should look out for in children [19:12] What happened when Heather was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease [22:44] What a holistic approach to Lyme Disease looks like [26:54] Heather’s advice to parents if they think Lyme Disease might be an issue for their child [28:57] Where to find Heather online   Memorable Moments: ”Lyme disease is the great mimicer.” ”One of the telltale signs is it’s got migrating pain.” ”It’s a tick, mosquito, any blood-borne carrying insect…it can be sexually transmitted and it can be congenitally transmitted.” ”Only 30% of people with Lyme Disease will get that bullseye [rash].” ”There’s lots and lots of components that go into who gets it and who doesn’t.” ”I can’t even count how many times I’ve been reprimanded…when really it was an inflamed brain and lyme disease, mold toxicity, and celiac disease this whole time.” ”What a blessing it was at 34 years old…to finally have a piece of paper that said…there wasn’t something wrong with me in the way that I was made to feel my whole entire life.” ”The CDC just recognized chronic Lyme Disease as a disease for the first time last year.” ”I’ve talked to so many people with autoimmune and Lyme and they just talk about having flares, like it’s a normal part of the disease, which you don’t have to have the flares if you address all the different areas that need to be addressed.” ”No matter how common a symptom may be, it is never normal. It is always the body’s check engine light coming on, and sadly too often we take something over the counter, which is like putting a piece of tape over that check engine light, and things just keep getting worse and worse…So pay attention to those symptoms.”   How to Connect to Heather Gray Website: www.thelymeboss.com  Spotify: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lymebossheathergray    Dana Kay Resources: Website: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/  Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute  International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/  Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/
103: Natural Solutions for ADHD - A Dietician & Gastroenterologist Weighs In with Donna Cipolla
11-04-2024
103: Natural Solutions for ADHD - A Dietician & Gastroenterologist Weighs In with Donna Cipolla
Donna Cipolla is a well-respected gastroenterologist with a career full of achievements. She’s also a registered dietician and a mom who is deeply invested in her child's wellbeing. Donna has a child with ADHD, and she went down the journey of trying to help her son naturally after he hit rock bottom as a college student.  In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, Donna shares not only her personal journey parenting a child with ADHD, but also her expertise as a medical doctor and the effectiveness of natural strategies for ADHD.   Link mentioned in the show:  Thriving with ADHD book - adhdthriveinstitute.com/book Key Takeaways: [4:20] Donna’s personal journey with ADHD [6:43] The challenges Donna’s son faced as a result of his ADHD [8:45] Why Donna explored natural strategies for her adult son with ADHD [11:55] The connection between gut health and ADHD symptoms [14:46] How the medical community can incorporate more holistic principles into their practices [18:05] How Donna’s son is doing now [22:34] What Donna would tell skeptics   Memorable Moments:  ”I tried everything I knew as a physician…No one ever - ever - suggested any kind of dietary intervention.” ”I thought I was doing good - giving him a good, healthy diet, but little did I know until I got into your program that there was so much more to dietary interventions than just the things that I knew as a dietician to do.” As a dietitian and as a gastroenterologist…I’m well aware of the relationship between the brain and the gut interactions when it comes to gastrointestinal diseases...that same interaction affects the brain in terms of ADHD.” ”I was so frustrated as a dietician that the physicians did not appreciate the role of nutrition in preventing disease nor in treating disease and I thought, ‘Ya know, if I can become a physician, I can then write the diet orders and I can help thousands of patients with my expertise in nutrition to treat them.” ”As a patient, you turn to that doctor as the expert so somehow we have to get the word out there that nutrition, diet, and alternative methods are vital to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD “My biggest regret is that I didn’t know sooner….My son, for 19 years, was on a path I thought was best, which was medication…How many years of his life did he lose because I didn’t know and try an alternative diet therapy?” ”You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”   How to Connect to Donna Cipolla Website: https://www.connecticutgi.org/donna-cipolla-md   Dana Kay Resources: Website: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/  Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute  International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/  Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/
102: Artificial Flavors & Colors with Dana Kay
04-04-2024
102: Artificial Flavors & Colors with Dana Kay
Did you know that certain artificial flavors and colors could be influencing your child's behavior and focus? In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, we dive into the world of artificial flavors and colors.  Have you ever wondered why these synthetic additives are everywhere in our food? From why manufacturers prefer them over natural options to their significant impact on kids with ADHD, we're uncovering it all in this week’s episode. This is a conversation every family navigating ADHD needs to hear. We also explore the types of products most likely to contain these additives, arming you with the knowledge to make informed choices at the grocery store.   Link mentioned in the episode: Dye-Free for ADHD: https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY Our brand new course called "Dye-Free for ADHD” is finally here!  Have you ever noticed a spike in negative emotions and wild behaviors after your child eats a bowl of cereal or a handful of candy… Many parents have wondered - is there a link between ADHD symptoms, and diet? And can simple food swaps reduce ADHD symptoms in children?  The answer to both of these is, yes… And in this brand new Dye-Free for ADHD course, you’ll discover exactly how to go dye-free the easy way!    Learn more here - https://bit.ly/4aFj6TY   Key Takeaways: [3:52] What are artificial flavors and colors, and why are they so prevalent in our food? [9:19] Why do manufacturers use artificial flavors instead of the real thing? [9:54] How artificial flavors & colors can affect kids with ADHD [16:40] What types of products have artificial flavors and colors in them? [24:07] How to avoid artificial flavors and colors [25:01] Brands that often avoid artificial flavors and colors   Memorable Moments: “For families of kids with ADHD, understanding the potential impact of these artificial ingredients is crucial in managing symptoms and promoting a more balanced and focused state of mind.” ”Artificial colors, also known as food dyes, are chemical substances developed in laboratories. They're used in a wide array of foods to enhance appearance, making them more visually appealing.” ”Artificial flavors, similar to artificial colors, are chemical compounds created in laboratories.” “Unlike natural flavors that are derived from actual food sources, artificial flavors are synthesized to mimic natural tastes. These flavors are engineered to replicate the taste of fruits, nuts, spices, and other natural foods.” “Artificial flavors are often complex mixtures of numerous chemicals.” ”Here are some common terms indicating artificial flavors or colors: Artificial Flavors, Artificial Colors, Synthetic Flavors, Artificial Flavoring Substances, Synthetic Food Coloring.” ”Studies have illuminated a concerning link between artificial additives and ADHD symptoms.” ”In Britain, food is made with real ingredients, while in America, chemicals are often added with no warning label. This needs to change. American consumers deserve the same consideration as those outside the USA.” ”When chemicals are added to food, we should be informed. It's baffling that the United States continues to allow ingredients that are not even food, contributing to staggering health issues.” ”Artificial flavors and colors are everywhere. Even a lot of things that are clear or white in color have dyes or flavors in them.” ”My best tip is to eat fewer processed foods as these additives are always in processed foods and to read those labels.” “My rule of thumb is, if you can’t pronounce an item, put that item back on the shelf. The shorter the ingredient list, the better.” Dana Kay Resources: Website: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/  Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute  International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/  Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/
101: Breathwork for ADHD with Sachin Patel
28-03-2024
101: Breathwork for ADHD with Sachin Patel
”When we change the way somebody breathes, we change their entire health.” -Sachin Patel In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, discover how breathwork can help children with ADHD thrive. Sachin Patel,  father, husband, philanthropist, functional medicine practice, success coach, speaker, author, breathwork facilitator, and plant medicine advocate, joins the show.  He is dedicated to raising consciousness and activating the inner doctor in everyone through lifestyle changes and breathwork. He is the founder of the Living Proof Institute and has been at the forefront of the patient-centered healthcare revolution through his Perfect Practice mentorship program. Tune in to learn more about breathwork and breathing for the brain, which is a critical aspect of supporting not just our children with ADHD, but also ourselves as parents and caregivers.   Links mentioned in this episode:  ADHD Symptom Reduction Tool - www.adhdthriveinstitute.com/tool  3m nose tape – https://amzn.to/3RX239o  Chin straps to close the mouth: Kids - https://amzn.to/3RDzOey  Adults - https://amzn.to/41IXNNR  Nose salve – Nasya Oil - https://amzn.to/3RY2ccq  Nasal strip – https://amzn.to/47gXlYt  The Ultimate Breathwork Bundle -   https://sachinpatel.kartra.com/page/bUW390   Key Takeaways: [3:25] What inspired Sachin to get involved in breathwork [12:19] How does breathing affect our children [17:12] How do we breathe properly? [25:20] What parents can do if their children breathe through their mouths [35:05] The relationship between breathwork and mood and behavior [42:57] Where to find Sachin online?   Memorable Moments: ”When we change the way somebody breathes, we change their entire health.” “The average person is unconscious about how they breathe, and it’s something that we do 23,000 times a day, whether we like it or not. And air, believe it or not, is the thing that we consume the most. The average person, the average adult, consumes about 30 pounds of air a day.” ”How we breathe plays a huge role in our immune health, plays a huge role in our energy levels, plays a huge role in how well we detoxify and eliminate toxicity from our body. In fact, 70% of the toxins in our body are actually eliminated through the lungs.” ”It’s a very sophisticated instrument of healing, and it’s also very simple. We’re already doing it. We just need to draw our consciousness to it and then make the minor adjustments and shifts so that now we are breathing in a way that prioritizes our health.” ”Our breath overrides the brain…How our children breathe and how we as adults breathe is super informative to the nervous system, to our cellular respiratory system, and also to our behavior as well.” “The easiest analogy I can give to people is that the breath is like the steering wheel of the nervous system. So are we breathing in such a way that it’s steering us in the right direction or are we breathing in such a way that it’s steering us in an undesirable direction.” “We want our nervous system to match our desired state, and our nervous system is steered by our breath.”   How to Connect to Sachin Patel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesachinpatel/  Website: https://thesachinpatel.com/    Dana Kay Resources: Website: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/  Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute  International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/  Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/
100: The Most Effective Natural Solutions for ADHD with Dana Kay
21-03-2024
100: The Most Effective Natural Solutions for ADHD with Dana Kay
If you could only choose three things to focus on to reduce ADHD symptoms naturally, what would they be? In this week’s episode of the Soaring Child podcast, Dana Kay, holistic health and nutrition practitioner, answered this question.  If you’re just starting out, she shared 3 beginner strategies.  If you've been doing this for a while and feel like you've got a grasp on the beginner strategies, she shared some intermediate strategies.  Finally, if you consider yourself an expert, she shared the top strategies for experts as well.  These strategies are the pillars that can make a significant difference in the life of a child with ADHD. So, whether you're just starting out on the journey or you're looking to refine your approach, this episode is for you!    Links mentioned in the episode:  ADHD Fast Class - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  The ADHD Diet, Part 1 Podcast episode - https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/podcast/soaring-child-episode-5/  The ADHD Diet, Part 2 Podcast episode - https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/podcast/soaring-child-episode-6/  ProThrive - https://shop.adhdthriveinstitute.com/pro-thrive.html  OmegaThrive - https://shop.adhdthriveinstitute.com/omega-thrive-liquid.html  Exercise podcast link - https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/podcast/soaring-child-episode-97/  Functional Lab Testing Podcast episode - https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/podcast/soaring-child-episode-83/  Detoxification Podcast episode - https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/podcast/soaring-child-episode-88/  Maintenance Supplement Bundle - https://shop.adhdthriveinstitute.com/adhd-maintenance.html    Key Takeaways:   [3:18] The Top Areas to Focus on - Beginner Level - Diet, Supplements, Exercise [14:22] The Top Areas to Focus on -  Intermediate Level - Functional Lab Testing, Targeted Supplementation, Optimizing Detoxification [24:42] The Top Areas to Focus on - Advanced Level - Dietary Flexibility, Maintenance Supplements   Memorable Moments: ”Diet is the foundation of any plan to reduce ADHD symptoms naturally. The food we consume plays a crucial role in how our bodies and brains function.” ”Supplements should never be considered the be-all and end-all for ADHD support. As I say often, you can’t supplement your way out of a poor diet. BUT, in conjunction with dietary changes, supplements can be very beneficial.” ”Research shows that taking probiotics can help support that gut-brain connection. But, the problem with a lot of probiotics is that the strains don’t survive digestion.” ”Functional lab tests can uncover underlying issues that might be contributing to ADHD symptoms, such as nutrient deficiencies, parasites, leaky gut, food sensitivities, mold, etc.” ”Our bodies are constantly exposed to toxins, and for children with ADHD, reducing this toxic burden is really important.” ”It is impossible to get rid of all toxins from your life, so that’s why it’s important to optimize detoxification.” ”Once you're in the thriving phase, it's important to reassess the supplements your child is taking. Maintenance supplements are about supporting ongoing health and preventing regression.”   Dana Kay Resources: Website: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/  Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute  International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/  Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/
99: How to Read Nutrition Labels with Andrea Daigle
14-03-2024
99: How to Read Nutrition Labels with Andrea Daigle
Ever glanced at a food label and felt like you needed a degree to understand it? There is definitely A LOT of information on food labels that can make it tricky.  But, reading food labels is crucial, not just for those with dietary restrictions, but for anyone aiming to make healthier choices. From 'natural flavors' to hidden sugars, what's on the label can often be surprising. Andrea Daigle joined this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, sharing invaluable insights on navigating the maze of food labels. Whether you're trying to cut out certain ingredients or just want to eat cleaner, Andrea's tips and tricks are a game-changer.    Link mentioned in the episode:  ADHD Fast Class - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl    Key Takeaways: [4:26] Why we need to read food labels [6:11] Where to start with reading food labels [9:39] Common foods that often have hidden gluten and dairy in them [14:14] How to read the labels on eggs [16:48] How to read labels for proteins like beef, chicken, and seafood   Memorable Moments:  ”We need to read every single label, and it can be a bit tedious, but eventually, you’re going to get the hang of it.” ”Now more than ever, it is so important to read labels because there are so many chemicals, additives, and quite frankly just nasty ingredients that are being put into our foods." ”The key is, you want that list to be as clean as possible. A good rule of thumb here is, if you don’t know what it is, we probably shouldn’t be eating it.” ”The end goal here is to know what each and every ingredient is, for you to be able to pronounce it, and that list shouldn’t be very long.” ”The gold standard is to look for pasture-raised eggs with grade AA rating with the organic label.” ”When you’re looking at beef, you want organic, grass fed beef.” ”For chicken, we’re going to look for pasture-raised organic chicken.” ”For seafood, wild caught is best.” ”The only ingredient in your proteins should be the protein itself.” How to Connect to Andrea Daigle Free call: https://bit.ly/3X5ZVvT   Dana Kay Resources: Website: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/  Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute  International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/  Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/
98: Mom Guilt with JoAnn Crohn
07-03-2024
98: Mom Guilt with JoAnn Crohn
Many parents, moms especially, experience parental guilt. This is particularly a struggle for moms of neurodiverse children who experience challenging behaviors.  In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, JoAnn Crohn joins the show to discuss the important topic of “mom guilt.” JoAnn is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered kids while pursuing their own goals. She’s a speaker, author, and the host of the No Guilt Mom podcast. She appears in national media. She’s the founder of the company No Guilt Mom, and she specializes in helping moms move from martyr to model. She is the perfect guest for the topic of “mom guilt.”  If you have battled guilt as a parent, this episode is a must-listen!    Link mentioned in the show:  ADHD-Specific Parenting Resource - http://www.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parenting    Key Takeaways: [5:40] Where does “mom guilt” come from? [9:49] Mental habits mom need in their lives to combat guilt [25:29] Tips for getting kids with ADHD to do chores [33:08] Tips for finding joy as moms [37:44] Where to find JoAnn online   Memorable Moments: ”Children have challenging behaviors all the time,  even if you’re not dealing with neurodivergence or ADHD. There are things that set us off as parents, and it goes back to how we view the situation.” ”As moms, everyone is so hard on ourselves. We are constantly berating ourselves.” ”All these things we say to ourselves, we would not accept anyone else saying to us.” ”This constant flow of insults really affects our mood and really brings us down, so the first thing I would suggest is to start looking to see, ‘What am I saying to myself?’” ”If we give ourselves that self-compassion…that is such a big help against that guilt that we feel every day.” ”A lot of the guilt also comes from trying to do it all.” ”We have issues asking for help…so much so that we would rather do it ourselves than ask for the help when doing it.” ”If you have another adult in the home in addition to yourself, there is no reason you should be doing all the work.” ”It’s never going to fix the situation if you don’t let people experience the natural consequences.” ”Am I going to be resentful and angry if I do this right now? If the answer is yes, then I don’t do it, and I let natural consequences take its course.” ”Guilt never goes away; you just get better at handling it.”   How to Connect to JoAnn Crohn:  The No Guilt Mom Podcast: https://www.noguiltmom.com/podcast-2/    JoAnn on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/noguiltmom/  Dana Kay Resources: Website: https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADHDThriveInstitute/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adhdthriveinstitute/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ADHDThriveInstitute  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adhd-thrive-institute/mycompany/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/adhdthriveinstitute/  Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@adhd_thriveinstitute  International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/book/  Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - https://bit.ly/3GAbFQl  ADHD Parenting Course – https://info.adhdthriveinstitute.com/parentingadhd ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program – https://adhdthriveinstitute.com/packages/