Episodes and Show Notes

Understanding Auditory Processing: How to Help the Brain “Hear” Better with Dr. Jody Jedlicka and Sandy Zamalis

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On this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Sandy speaks with co-host Dr. Jody Jedlicka, an audiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorders. Dr. Jody explains for listeners the difference between hear loss and an auditory processing disorder, as well as some of the other skill deficits that can be present with auditory processing challenges, such as memory issues, processing speed, and attention. She touches on ADHD, autism, and behavioral issues, as well as things like IEPs and classroom accommodations that can help. You’ll also learn how interventions like brain training can help target and train weak auditory processing to make reading easier and faster. Listeners can also get a better grasp of the different sub-types of auditory processing disorders that fall under the larger umbrella term, including how they are diagnosed by audiologists. If you or someone you love struggles with auditory processing challenges, you won’t want to miss this important conversation!

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A Whole-Child Approach to Autism with guest Dr. Suzanne Goh

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In this two-part series, Dr. Suzanne Goh shares her latest insights on autism with Dr. Amy and Teri. As one of the top experts in the field, Dr. Goh brings a wealth of new information on everything from early signs of autism and getting a diagnosis to pattern-seeking behaviors and the gut-brain connection. Tune in to hear more about what your first steps might be if you’re concerned your child has autism, how to support your child’s unique developmental trajectory, why food elimination shouldn’t be your initial attempt to rule out sensitivities or allergies, and the role schools may or may not play in supporting your child or teen. You’ll also hear Dr. Goh explain the five elements of a whole-child approach to care and why parents’ observations and input are so vitally important in the overall process of diagnosing and support your child with autism. If you have a child or teen with autism, you won’t want to miss this two-part series!

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Autism and Neurodivergence: New Research, Insights, and Approaches with guest Dr. Suzanne Goh

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If you or someone you love has autism or a neurodivergent brain, you don’t want to miss this 2-part series of the Brainy Moms podcast when Dr. Amy and Teri interview one of the top experts in the field, Dr. Suzanne Goh. Working at the forefront of comprehensive health services for autism, Dr. Goh shares research, statistics, and insights from the autism community. From nutrition and biofeedback to communication skills and the shift toward identity-first language, there’s so much new information to learn about neurodiversity-affirming care and supporting those we love. More than just a doctor or scientist, Dr. Goh offers front-line experience working with a variety of people with differently wired minds, something to which she brings curiosity, compassion, and a commitment to helping each individual thrive and feel respected. She also shares insights from her book, “Magnificent Minds: The New Whole-Child Approach to Autism”.  Join us for this in-depth conversation that may completely turn the tables on how you think about neurodiversity.

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Tutoring vs. Brain Training: Interventions for Students Who Struggle with Dr. Amy Moore and Sandy Zamalis

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If your child or teen has every struggled in school, your first instinct might have been to enroll them in tutoring. It makes sense, as that’s the intervention most parents are familiar with. But there are two parts to smart: the knowledge you acquire (e.g., history facts or math formulas) and how we process that information (e.g., learning, memorizing, understanding how and when to apply that math formula). Brain training helps with the latter. Today, our hosts cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore and board-certified cognitive specialist Sandy Zamalis sit down to explain how to determine which intervention might best help your student based on their specific struggles, as well as how cognitive skills training addresses the root cause of learning challenges. They also offer some insight to help boost cognitive skills at home, including some free resources being offered to listeners. Whether you’ve tried tutoring with little (or temporary) results or are just starting your research into interventions to help your struggling student, you won’t want to miss this important episode.

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What Research Really Says About Birth Control with guest Dr. Mariza Snyder

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Our previous episode with women’s hormone expert Dr. Mariza Snyder was so jam-packed with great information that we invited her back! This time on the Brainy Moms podcast, we’re talking about birth control, periods, perimenopause, PCOS, and menopause. This latest episode is equally full of valuable information, statistics, new research, and personal stories. Whether you’ve been thinking about getting your daughter on the pill, if and when you should take hormones for perimenopause, or just want to understand how women’s hormones affect every aspect of our lives, tune in for this in-depth discussion Dr. Amy and Sandy had with a leading hormone expert. Dr. Mariza is passionate about helping women understand what’s happening in their bodies—from their first period to their last and beyond—and she even shares insights on the types of experts to see. (HINT: It’s not an OB/GYN!) Grab a pen and paper because you’re going to want to take notes!

If you missed our previous episode with Dr. Mariza, catch it here: https://www.thebrainymoms.com/2023/11/02/mariza-snyder-understanding-hormones/

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How to Build Strong Reasoning Skills & the Foundation of Critical Thinking with Dr. Amy Moore and Sandy Zamalis

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On this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore and board-certified cognitive specialist Sandy Zamalis continue our series on cognitive skills, focusing on logic & reasoning. Find out why this higher-level thinking skill is so vital—not only to subjects like math and science, but also reading and test-taking. You’ll even hear how behavior can be affected by underdeveloped logic and reasoning skills, including poor decision-making skills, and how parents can help guide their kids and teens to boost these skills. You’ll learn why critical thinking skills require strong underlying cognitive skills, as well as two free resources available for download.

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Helping High-Achieving Women Address Burnout and Authenticity in the Workplace with guest Emily Drake

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Join Dr. Amy Moore and Sandy Zamalis for this conversation on the Brainy Moms podcast with inclusive change expert Emily Drake as we discuss some of the most common struggles that high-achieving women face in the workplace. Touching on topics surrounding disclosing vulnerabilities and asking for help when you’re overwhelmed. We talk about boosting connection to fight loneliness and what it means to be successful. And we get at the heart of what many women face in varying industries. Emily also shares her personal experiences coaching women (and men) to find peace through delegation, relationships, and understanding their values and strengths.

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Frustrated at Having to Repeat Yourself? Unpacking the Impacts of Weak Memory on Learning, Parenting, and Life with Dr. Amy Moore and Sandy Zamalis

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On this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore and board-certified cognitive specialist Sandy Zamalis delve into the topic of memory. How many times have you asked your child to do a few chores, only to have them forget? You may have thought, “That kid just doesn’t listen.” But the reality is that your child’s probably got some cognitive skills—like working memory and/or auditory processing—that need a boost to help them think, learn, read, and remember. Or think about the time your teen studied late into the night for a test, only to get a poor grade. If they didn’t get a good night’s sleep to consolidate those memories, they forgot what they learned by the time the test rolled around. If you’re curious to better understand the two broad types of memory—working and long-term—and how those skills can be targeted and trained to help your student live up to their full potential in school, work, athletics, and life in general, you won’t want to miss this host-led episode. Listen to Dr. Amy and Sandy as they explain how these two cognitive skills play a vital role in learning, and why even smart kids can struggle if these skills aren’t strong.

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Curing the Busy Brain to Find Focus, Tame Anxiety, & Sleep Again with Dr. Romie Mushtaq

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On this episode, Dr. Amy and Teri are joined by Dr. Romie Mushtaq, a board-certified physician with more than 20 years of leadership in neurology, integrative medicine, and mindfulness. She’s here to talk about the subject of her new book, “The Busy Brain Cure,” which includes an 8-week plan to help adults regain their focus, alleviate raging anxiety, and get better quality and quantity sleep.She’s getting into the details about everything from healthy fats and thyroids to digital detoxes and a culture that has left so many of us overwhelmed, exhausted, and struggling to think clearly. Tune in to learn more about the latest discoveries into taming our busy brains!

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Attention: What It Is, Why It Matters, What To Do About It with Dr. Amy Moore and Sandy Zamalis

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On this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore and board-certified cognitive specialist Sandy Zamalisdelve into the topic of attention. Tune in to learn about the three primary types of attention, things parents can do at home to improve their child’s brain function, and different ways that ADHD is often addressed in the classroom. You’ll also hear about the findings of studies on cognitive skills, including the fact that attention isn’t actually the weakest brain skill in most people with ADHD. Find out what options you may have to boost your child’s cognitive skills to the point that they may no longer need classroom accommodations, and why perceived behavioral issues may actually be about dopamine levels in the brain. If you or someone you love struggles with attention-related challenges, you don’t want to miss this episode! 

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