#86 – Equal Access for All with Dr. Hokehe Eko

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12 April 2022

So often we look at a child who is misbehaving and immediately think, “Wow, they need some help, maybe even medication.” Or, “Surely they know better.”

It’s an unfortunate part of how we make assumptions about people and their actions.

Dr. Hokehe Eko, a Board Certified Pediatrician and Holistic ADHD Consultant, joins us this week to discuss how we need to do a deeper dive into a child’s life, experiences, and trauma to determine whether the behavior is because of their environment or a chemical imbalance that needs to be addressed by medication.

She shares that, in order to understand the child, physicians need to inquire about their home life and any experiences that could have led to this behavior. Dr. Eko even shares that a mother’s trauma prior to pregnancy can affect a child’s behavior. Mind blown, right!?

This episode will enlighten you and give you pause the next time you see a child acting out. You’ll now be asking, “I wonder what that child is missing in their life that they’re asking for.”

Time stamps:
3:23 – What do you want to be when you grow up?
6:35 – How the brain handles trauma
9:20 – Environmental causes of ADHD
11:45 – Nutrition can affect behavior
15:15 – Cayenne or onions for nosebleeds??
17:56 – Kits For Hope
25:00 – School Labels
29:37 – Golden Nugget: Specific Praise to children

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