4myLearn Learning Challenge Model

Under Development

Level 1: Brain Healthy Diet and Lifestyle Intervention

Level 1 deals with interactions between genetic makeup and the immediate chemical and physical environment that promotes expression of some genes and development of select brain modules while hindering the development of others. The most striking feature of LD is that that it is often accompanied by relative strengths in some areas of cognition, while challenges in others.

A year to 6 months before conception:

Good for all mothers to be. Important if learning challenges or leaders, entrepreneurs, physicians, engineers or scientists run in the family.

Preconception Care Consult a medical practitioner to discover and treat any infections or allergies at least six months to a year before conceiving. The body's inflammatory process should be evaluated before pregnancy with a simple stool test for yeast, bacteria and parasites. In addition with an immune panel blood test that looks for any present viruses and parasites, and determine the allergens and foods that need to be eliminated based on the results of the IgG and IgE allergy panels. Get all vaccinations needed.

Prenatal and Neonatal Care During pregnancy practice good nutrition and health habits, avoid drugs or alcohol, radiation, viral or bacterial infections, toxins and maternal severe stress. Eat a "clean" diet, free of chemicals and preservatives, organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, and fish with low mercury content.

When induced deliveries, Caesarean sections, and bottle-feeding are necessary compenstate with increased oxytocin producing activites.

Your child appears to have learning challenges.

Developmental Neurologist Look for near by Developmental Neurologists that support family-centered integrated therapeutic teams for ADD, ASD, and other learning challenges. Even if they are not seeing new patients, see if they will oversee testing or recommend others. Travel, if need be. After testing, if need be, ask for help setting up a local team.

Your child has learning challenges.

Integrated Therapeutic Team Follow APA recommendations and find or develop a family-centered integrated therapeutic team led by a Developmental Neurologist, an advanced pediatric specialty, or nurse practitioner guided by a Developmental Neurologist.

The team is a specialized multidisciplinary team, all experienced with the Syndrome Mix. The developmental professionals must enjoy working with families and helping them realize the joy and potential in their children. All team members must be dedicated to empowering those with learning challenges, and bringing positive, life-changing forces into the homes of families served. If this does not sound like your team continue looking or developing the team. If this sounds like your team, treasure them.

The lead forms the overall therapeutic plan with input from others and monitors progress. Not all members remain active continuously. Each active member distributes status reports once a month, and the team meets (can be remotely) to discuss progress and concerns at least every six months.

Developmental Pediatrician who acts as primary physician.

Parents or caretaker as primary intervention providers and advocates.

An Occupational Therapist addresses sensory-motor issues, and develops and monitors a multi-sensory integration plan for both OT center and home. Sometimes a Physical Therapist is included for special motor challenges.

A Positive Intervention Coordinator provides parent/caretaker and sometimes teacher training, as well as leading optional behavior management interventions.

A Dietician to help implement an Elimination Diet to determine food sensitivities and Rotation Diet for family members with multiple food sensitivities. The dietician helps the family introduce new foods to kids with fussy eating habits and monitor the child’s diet.

Optionally, a Speech and Language Therapist, who supports development of communication and thinking skills, and Audiologist who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing and treating hearing related challenges.
Sharing Care Network Find or develop a Sharing Care Network. They are a group of well trusted people you share child, elder, pet, and home care between. You are each others safety nets.

Healthy foods are better and less costly when purchased directly from family farms. To minimize inconvenience and make fun, members of the network take turns traveling to the farms, and they share cases of natural, gluten free, antibiotic free, and hormone free meats and organic produce. They get together to make and package basic healthy food mixes and blanch produce for freezing.
Genes Understand genes are not defective, but can be regulated by environmental factors.
Neurotransmitter Balance Diet and activities.
NeuroPathways Exercise.
Immune System Allergies are to the immune system's overreaction to a substance in the environment. Find and eliminate allergens.

Whereas, environmental toxicity occurs when tissues are poisoned to a point where they can no longer function properly. The immune system is a common target of toxins. Reduce toxin exposure. Detoxify.

Eighty percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system. Maintain a healthy digestive system.

A child's immune system does not mature until 5 years old. For infants, breast milk provides antibodies that are not in man-made formulas.
Digestive System  Find food sensitivities using an Elimination Diet. Then eliminate those foods.

The foods that you eat on a regular basis tend to be the ones you are at the greatest risk of being the most sensitive to. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is heavy in wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, oats, sugar and corn. These are the foods most Americans are sensitive to. The younger the child, the less likely they have an overexposure sensitivity. You can also be sensitive to certain organic chemicals in foods such as citrus fruits, nightshade plants (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and peppers), caffeine, alcohol and artificial chemicals. Some plants produce vasoactive amines, or cause histamine release (shellfish, strawberries, tomatoes, fish, chocolate, and pineapple), others produce salicylates, a naturally occurring aspirin-like compounds (tomatoes, spices, orange juice, raspberries, tea). Both can cause sensitivities or full blown immune response in some people. A Rotation Diet is a system of controlling food sensitivities by eating biologically related foods on the same day and then waiting 4 to 8 days before eating them again. It is used for family members with multiple food sensitivities to prevent more and lessen the severity. If the Syndrome Mix runs in your family do not eat the same food families daily to prevent the need of rotation diets in the future.

Eat probiotics daily. Probiotics are good bacteria. They are found in yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, and fermented soft cheeses, like Gouda, with live cultures, aviod those loaded with sugars that feed pathogenic bacteria, instead serve with filtered honey; sourdough bread, miso, sauerkraut, naturally fermented pickled vegetables where vinegar wasn't used in the pickling process, and Tempeh, fermented soybean.

Eat prebiotics daily. Prebiotics feed good bacteria. They are found in foods such as asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, red wine, honey, maple syrup, and legumes.

Eat a fiber-rich, whole foods, including beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Limit sugar, processed foods, and animal fats.

Avoid the use of antibiotics, acid blockers, and anti-inflammatories.

Use these herbs and minerals for better digestive health. Zinc is an important mineral for digestive health, which also plays critical roles in hormone regulation, immune health and neurological function. Chinese Cardamom aid in digestion, increases antioxidant levels and boosts immunity. It also helps to combat unhealthy cellular growth and balance hormones with the compound Indole-3 Carbinole. Cinnamon soothes digestive discomfort, improves digestive capacity, boosts immunity and balances blood sugar. Ginger Root calms and purifies the digestive track, reduces inflammation, increases antioxidant levels and boosts immunity. Fish Oils reduce inflammation and helps heal the digestive lining, improve nutrient absorption, balance hormones, improve neurological function and boost immunity. Protolytic enzymes in papaya and pineapple are natural meat "tenderizers", and increase digestive capacity and nutrient absorption, boost immunity and increase vital energy.

For infants, breast milk provides good bacteria in a form man-made formulas have not been able to duplicate.
Diet The Journal of Pediatrics reported that only 1 % of kids between the ages of two and nineteen eat a healthy diet. On average, they get 40% of daily their caloric intake in the form of fat, most of it dangerous saturated fat. Refined sugar and wheat are other frequent but dangerous sources of empty calories.
Medical Interventions Use wise vaccination practices. Don't start Hepatitis B vaccination series until at least a month old if mother tested to be Hepatitis B free. If mother is untested or positive give vaccine after the baby is 72 hours old. Break up and spread out compound vaccines like MMR and DPT. Avoid giving vaccines during periods of susceptibility, when both the brain and immune system are undergoing rapid development.

Avoid extensive use of antibiotics, acid blockers, and anti-inflammatories. When necessary, restore intestinal flora with probotics.

Avoid medications targeting Level 4 symptoms.