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Helping kids reach their potential

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Using food to balance kids moods

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Empowering mothers & children

Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind: Nurturing Brain Wellness in Children

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Welcome to the Kids Development Centre. Dr. Nat and Leigh have effectively supported thousands of children facing challenges in gut health, attention, hyperactivity, sensory overload, and anxiety in their clinic. Leveraging their substantial 10 years of experience and continuous learning, they have developed online programs. These resources empower parents to navigate and understand their children, offering valuable guidance and support.


A real food lifestyle is a foundational step in fostering a child's mood and cognition. Our courses empower you to confidently take those initial steps toward establishing a healthier lifestyle for the entire family.

Here's how we can help both you and your child

We use an integrated approach to helping children and their mums and dads

“Treating children as children instead of their diagnosis”

Understand Your Anxious Child Course

This is where all mums (and dads) need to start in their journey towards having a happy, relaxed, and calm child. This is the first phase of our complete program but can be taken just on its own.

Food & Mood Course For Children

There is a well-known connection between the brain, the gut and behaviour. In this course we take you through that connection in detail and provide both education and advice on what you can do with food, to change the moods of your children.

Calm Your Anxious Child Program

This is the complete program (formerly known as "Love Your Anxious Child" program) that takes you through the different stages required to create a healthy environment, gut, and brain where your child and your family can flourish.

Who we are and why we care

Being mothers of anxious children ourselves started us on this journey

About Dr Natalie Challis

About Dr. Natalie Challis B.Bus (HRM/Psych), D(Couns), QEEGD, MISNR, MACA, MANSA

Dr Challis is a specialist in children’s brain health. She is a Board-Certified Diplomate in QEEG - the highest qualification level achievable globally in her field.

As a Psychotherapist specialising in Neurobiology, Dr Challis has QEEG mapped 1000’s of children, allowing parents the unique experience of seeing into their child’s brain. This view helps parents to understand the neurological reasons why their child experiences fear, anxiety and avoidance.

She has helped parents discover powerful solutions, resulting in their child feeling more self-confident, more socially confident, and more success centred.  What she is most passionate about is re-establishing a peaceful home environment, and restoring the joy and love of the mother-child connection.

Natalie shares her extensive brain health knowledge through the Calm Your Anxious Child Online Course.

About Leigh Shinde B.Sc. Grad. Dip Human Nutrition, ACNEM

Leigh is a children’s Nutrition Expert. She holds a Bachelor of Science with postgraduates in both Human Nutrition, and Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

Leigh investigates how food, additives, nutritional deficiencies, gut health and genetics can impact on children’s neurological and physiological development.

After seeing the benefits that diet and natural supplementation can have on 1000’s of children in clinic, she is now motivated and passionate about sharing this knowledge to parents of children across the world through her online courses.

Leigh is also a children’s book author she takes her expansive knowledge on health and wellness and turns it into something relatable, fun, exciting and educational for kids.  Her latest book Daisy the Real Food Hero can be found here.

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What parents who have worked one on one with Dr Nat and Leigh have to say….

Leigh's holistic knowledge of brain-body-gut nutrition not only helped our anxious child, but the whole family.

- Denica, Proud Mum

We came to see Dr Nat and Leigh because our son was struggling with anxiety. The before and after difference is astounding. Dr Nat and Leigh helped understand the challenges he faces, and gave us some relatively simple changes to help him. From the beginning, we witnessed a rapid and positive change. He is so much more balanced in every aspect, and happier within himself. Their integrated approach to care is an exemplar of how all care should be. My wife and I can't recommend them highly enough. We will be forever grateful to Dr Nat and Leigh.

- Shaun, Software Engineer

Hear about the differences that working with us has made to Susy Parker and her daughter.

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Discover what could be causing your child's anxiety...

Download our FREE fact sheet to discover:
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    Why kids with anxiety express it in different ways

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    What secrets your child's behaviour is trying to tell you

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    The tell tail behaviour signs of inflammation

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    9 key inflammation triggers to look out for

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Understand Your Anxious Child (Introductory Course)

Understanding what causes your child's anxiety is the first step to being able to make the changes necessary to support your child to be calm and anxious free.

In this introductory course (which is phase one of our complete course) you'll learn how to trust your mother intuition, how to reconnect with your child and why your child's behaviour has nothing to do with your parenting. Plus so much more.

This course is where we recommend you start in the journey of understanding not just your child more, but also the effects environment can have on their brain.

This is where all parents need to start

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Food & Mood Course For Children

Learn how gut health, food additives, inflammatory foods and histamine may be increasing anxiety in your child.

  • The Gut Brain Connection – how gut imbalance is linked with anxiety (lesson 5)
  • Additives and processed food linked with anxiety (lesson 7)
  • What can you eat – the low inflammatory diet (lesson 7 – Dr Nats kitchen)
  • Plus Bonus video - How high histamine foods are linked with anxiety (Bonus video)
  • Handouts and more

Connecting your childs gut with their brain

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Calm Your Anxious Child Program

Evidence-based research has uncovered the dynamic connection between anxiety, and chronic brain, body and gut inflammation. In simple terms, when inflammation is reduced in the brain, body and gut, chronic anxiety is reduced.

Not only that, there’s mounting evidence to support the vital role a mother’s intuition plays in the successful treatment of her child.

This program will provide you with in-depth, evidence-based information about the causes and effects of anxiety, as well as the simple, common-sense action steps you can take to support and calm your anxious child.

Empowering mums and their children

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