Links between ADHD, autism and the potential role(s) of nutrition are relatively well documented. Less is known about how nutrition could be of benefit to individuals with dyslexia. This presentation from Dr Emma Derbyshire first steps back and takes a look at the in-utero environment and discusses the role of the ‘first 1,000 days’. It then looks at the evidence base later in life, in terms of where we are with nutrition at the moment and how nutrition could help to facilitate brain function which could be of particular benefit to children and teens with dyslexia.
Emma will look at:
- The role of the in-utero environment and brain development
- Where we are up to with nutrition in children and teens
- The evidence base for some key nutrients and brain function
- Some nutrition considerations and recommendations
The talk lasts around an hour.
About Dr Emma Derbyshire
Dr Emma Derbyshire, BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCHE, Registered Public Health Nutritionist, SpLD (Level 5) and Director of Nutritional Insight.
Emma has a degree in Nutritional Biochemistry, PhD in Human Nutrition specialising in Maternal Nutrition and is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist. She is an established scientist, avid writer, and presenter. She is currently the UK lead on publications related to the brain nutrient ‘choline’.
Emma has established experience working in academic, research and consultancy settings. She has written over 150 peer-reviewed publications and authored the Wiley-Blackwell text Nutrition in the Childbearing Years which sold internationally. Emma worked with James Wong, conducting the research for his book How to Eat Better which reached number one on Amazon books.
Emma enjoys writing impactful publications including those related to nutrition and neurodiversity. She has presented regularly at the Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Foundation Conferences which is what captivated her interest in this particular field. There is a strong body of evidence looking at the role(s) of nutrition in ADHD but less information is communicated about the potential roles that optimising the diet could play in supporting dyslexia.
Last year she presented at the European Society of Gynaecology conference on Choline and Fetal Brain Health. She has undertaken the Helen Arkell Level 5 Diploma Dyslexia in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia and SpLDs and is completing the Helen Arkell Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia and SpLDs.
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