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Advanced Child and Brain Development Nutritional Advisor™

Professional Diploma Level 5

The science-based certification teaching you the effects of nutrition on physical, emotional and intellectual development in children.
When you complete this certification, you’ll be uniquely trained in the

Application of Nutrition Biochemistry and Neuroscience for Children

to help them achieve a healthier physical, emotional and cognitive development.

We developed this advanced certification because of questions we get all the time at The Health Sciences Academy:

  • "I want to help my clients' children with their nutrition... but I have NO IDEA where to start!"
  • “HOW can I tell if a child’s growth is stunted?”
  • “This child has learning delays / attention deficit… WHAT should my client feed them?”
  • “How do I know if this child is overweight OR underweight? And then... what do I do?”
  • “What and HOW MUCH should this child eat?... What's good... what isn't?”
  • “Do gluten and dairy CAUSE autism or neurological disorders?”
  • “Their picky eating makes every family dinner a war-zone… HOW am I supposed to help?”
(Yes, we get questions like these even from medical doctors and university-trained dietitians and nutritionists).
Questions like that inspired us to bring practical science closer to those who want to help clients with their children, in the right way.
This advanced training is our combined know-how in neurochemistry, nutrition science, and eating psychology… specifically for children.
If you want to help your clients with what their children eat, we believe that you need to understand the science of nutrition, neurochemistry and eating psychology.
So, how do you do it?
Fortunately, that’s exactly what you’re about to learn…

FACT: Clients Need Practitioners Who Have a Profound, Science-based Insight on Child Nutrition and Brain Development

(…Who Actually Know What They’re Saying)
Data: Understanding neurocognitive developmental disorders can improve education for all. Butterworth and Kovas, 2013.
Unfortunately, there’s a massive knowledge gap about child nutrition science in the general population…
Even worse, most nutrition professionals lack expertise in this field.
Child nutrition doesn’t stop with healthy growth and development…
There are so many factors which influence a child’s potential, their learning capacity, and even their mood and behaviour – from hyperactivity to aggression, from anxiety to depression.
Practitioners today must gain a profound, science-based insight that they can use to help clients’ children PROFICIENTLY, particularly if they want to stand out and be leaders in this field.
This scientific insight includes being able to assess a child’s unique neurochemical and nutritional needs…

That's where YOU can make a difference.

When you become a certified Advanced Child and Brain Development Nutritional Advisor, you’ll know how to custom-build child nutrition plans based on proven scientific methods…
…and you’ll be able to confidently address issues such as:
  • Is it possible to boost a child's intelligence through nutrition?
  • Which nutritional strategies can help reduce symptoms of ADHD, autism, dyslexia, epilepsy, Rett's, and aggression?
  • How can you tell if a child is growing as they should?
  • Is there an ideal body fat percentage for boys and girls?
  • What (and how much) should a child eat?
  • What makes some children overeat?
  • What's the best framework to evaluate a child's nutrient requirements and personalise what they should eat?
  • Which tools should you use to track a child's growth and brain development?
  • How can you assess and mitigate specific nutrient deficiency risks?
  • What science-based strategies can help resolve picky eating?...

Are You Ready To Take The Lead and Learn this Science?

(or… Why You Might Want to Get Certified)
There’s so much misconception out there about what a child should eat or how they should grow…
Everyone seems to be talking and writing about eating tips for children. “Feed them this” … “Don’t feed them that” … “Alert: this will cause autism!”
However, most “celebrity doctors” and “media gurus” don’t have a clue about nutrition biochemistry or neuroscience for children….
They misinterpret or exaggerate findings, misinforming the masses with made-up fallacies.
That’s the problem!
Internet searches on child nutrition just aren’t enough (nor safe).
There are just too many fallacies out there, and this can cost you your reputation… especially if you make the mistake of following wrong advice.
At The Health Sciences Academy, we take this seriously. You see, we don’t just teach health and nutrition science.
We actually ARE SCIENTISTS who investigate, dissect, and test science…
We aren’t bloggers. We aren’t media personalities.
We’re professional scientists running scientific experiments, with decades of combined experience in neuroscience, nutrition biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics… both in the lab and on the field, including world-leading research hubs like Harvard University.
We know how hard it is to find truly skilled practitioners who know what they’re talking about…
That’s why we spent years developing the Advanced Child and Brain Development Nutritional Advisor™ certification.
So you don’t have to keep “guessing” the whats, hows, and whys.
As scientists in this domain, we have done the research.
And we want to share this intelligence with YOU…
We want to give you our KNOW-HOW so you can help your clients’ children safely and competently.

Certified Advanced Child and Brain Development Nutritional Advisor™

Get started today for $4000 or $400 monthly
Download the full curriculum

70 units • 90 CPD hours • videos • workbooks

Get evaluation tools to personalise programs

  • Templates to evaluate a child's nutrient needs

  • Worksheets to plan personalised diets

  • Tracking tools to monitor growth

  • Step-by-step guides to implement eating plans

  • Nutrient and shopping lists

  • Food planners and daily lunchboxes

  • Plus much more!

You’ll get our entire scientific framework to custom-build child nutrition plans… including client assessments with action steps, planners, trackers, food charts, and checklists to use in your practice. This way, no one will doubt your competence in this space ever again!

Learn to perform child-brain risk assessments

We’ll show you how to perform child-brain risk assessments, including cognition, reading and writing, hyperactivity, and brain-related nutrient deficiency risks.
Once you complete this training, you’ll also know if there’s any evidence to back up special diets for neurological disorders.
We’ll take you through the latest scientific research on the links between nutrition and a child’s brain, mood, behaviour, depression, aggression, ADHD, autism, and epilepsy, including nutritional considerations.
You’ll also gain a solid understanding about the impact of nutrition on a child’s IQ, cognitive capacity, memory, concentration, reading, spelling, writing, academic potential, and learning issues such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
This training will show you the ins, outs, truths, and myths of brain development and child nutrition, so you can help your clients competently and confidently.

Discover the truth behind a child's brain

  • Child IQ
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Memory and concentration
  • Reading, writing, spelling
  • Learning delays
  • Dyslexia and dyspraxia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention deficit and ADHD
  • Mood and behaviour
  • Agression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Rett's

Get growth trackers and nutrient needs calculators

How do you know if a child is growing as they should? What’s the best way to tell if they are underweight OR overweight?
We’re going to show the right methodologies so you’ll know exactly how to track a child’s growth and body mass, and how to conduct a full body composition analysis for children from the age of 2 to 16.
What’s more, in this training we’ll show you how to use scientific formulas and when to deploy them in your practice so you can estimate how much a child should eat every day.
You’re also going to learn how to calculate a child’s nutritional requirements and how to adjust these for boys and girls, their age, their metabolism, and their activity levels.
We’re giving you our exact system to perform all this, so you’ll know exactly what you need to do first, second, third and so on to safely build individualised eating plans for children.

Lunchbox guides and questionnaires for school visits

When you complete your training, you’ll feel confident planning lunchboxes and discussing school eating strategies with parents and teachers.
These printable workbooks contain meal planning tools PLUS a questionnaire for teachers to fill out when you visit their school, so you’ll know exactly which information you need.
You’ll also learn how to assess a school’s water availability for pupils, including how to uncover dehydration problems. This way, you’ll be able to expertly pinpoint what changes need to be implemented.

Templates for immediate use with clients

Besides all the science you’ll be learning from us, we’ll help you apply it in real life…
That’s why you’ll be getting all 58 done-for you worksheets, evaluation tools, and session handouts to use with your clients.
These templates aren’t available anywhere else, and they will help you equip your practice, so you can start working with real clients… and feel competent in your ability to advise them!

Eating Psychology BONUS Modules included!

Your first Bonus Module includes several parental assessment tools with scores and recommendations. This way, you can help parents and caretakers to identify how they’re doing with the nutrition of their children… and which first steps they can start taking now.
Your other two Bonus Modules will give you the latest science-based techniques for resolving picky eating. They’re also packed with fun client assessments and taste training games for children.
These client materials are 100% developed by our own scientists, which means you won’t find them anywhere else!

When you join, you'll also get:

  • Unlimited 24/7 access to your course lessons

  • PDF files for all key materials – you can open, save or print these at your convenience

  • Ready-to-use templates for your clients: nutrient calculators, meal planners, food diaries, health questionnaires and legal forms

  • Interactive, automatically graded online quizzes which you need to complete before moving onto your next module

  • A fully automatically graded final exam (Score > 80% and you have passed…. No retake fees!)

  • Interactive questionnaires and polls – add your voice and see what your fellow students say

  • SKILLS LAB™ – guided field tasks, learning tasks, worksheets, idea banks creation, and games. Instantly apply what you learn and stay motivated by comparing how your classmates are doing!
  • Video training in key modules, with guided learning tasks and practical workbooks
  • Glossary, conversions guide and additional resources with examples, science or reference research
  • Instant PDF certificate upon completion signed and dated by your certification director
  • Achievement badge to display on your website, business card and marketing materials
  • 24/7 access to the Learner Services portal
  • Ca. 500 scientific references, links to journals, and additional resources so you can expand your knowledge even further!
  • 3 BONUS Modules on child eating psychology and advanced strategies to resolve picky eating (worth £3,200, included in your certification)
  • And none of it expires!

Certified Advanced Child and Brain Development Nutritional Advisor™

Get started today for $4000 or $400 monthly
Download the full curriculum

Who is this certification for?

This advanced training is for you if…
  • You’re a coach or nutritional advisor and want to improve your income…
  • You’re new to nutrition and want to start up a child nutrition practice…
  • You want to add child nutrition revenue to your current services…
  • You’re a schoolteacher or child counsellor and want to gain a competitive edge in your current role…
  • You’re a parent or caretaker and want to help your child with science-based nutrition tools for growth, intelligence, learning capacity, or to mitigate symptoms of hyperactivity, dyslexia, autism, epilepsy, diabetes, or obesity…
Alex Ruani
Lead Scientist and Research Director
The Health Sciences Academy ®

About Your Program Director

Alex Ruani is a Doctoral Researcher in nutrition science education at University College London, and Chief Science Educator at The Health Sciences Academy, where she leads a team of accomplished scientists and PhDs on large education and publishing projects helping 166,763 working and aspiring nutrition professionals succeed in their careers.
Her expertise is sharing what’s new and what’s actually working in the field of nutrition, giving learners the tools they need to stay on top of evidence-based advice and get ahead of the curve – from nutrition biochemistry, appetite and eating psychology, to nutritional neuroscience, nutritional genetics and epigenetics, and gut microbiomics.
As a leading science educator and researcher, Alex has authored 50+ science reports on health and nutrition, written and edited 1,000s of commentaries on trending scientific topics, and led the curriculum design and content for 15+ accredited Certifications and 60+ Continuing Education courses at The Health Sciences Academy – equipping nutrition professionals with the latest tools to help their own clients and stand out in the field.
Alex keeps running research studies with 100,000,000s of data points relating to health/diet attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and the influence of nutrition science education alongside University College London and The Health Sciences Academy’s educational platform.
Besides investigating and teaching the latest advances in health and nutrition, Alex has advised Jamie Oliver’s team on child nutrition matters, and has prepared scientific reports for members of the British Parliament, specifically on child intelligence, IQ and nutrition.

Certified Advanced Child and Brain Development Nutritional Advisor™

Get started today for $4000 or $400 monthly
Download the full curriculum

A Preview of What You'll Be Learning...

If you ever wondered how to build a personalised nutrition plan for a child, how to adjust it for boys or girls of different ages and metabolism, how to assess their unique nutrient needs, how to implement everything, and how to monitor progress…
…this advanced training will walk you through each and every step.
It’s almost like having us, your own team of scientists, giving you the latest research and all the tools you need, so you can run your own successful child nutrition practice.
In this advanced certification, we’re going to:
  • show you how to perform child-health risk assessments, including key nutrient deficiencies, brain function, reading and writing, and diet-related hyperactivity symptoms
  • hand over to you our systems to track if a child is growing as they should or not (and what to do about it)
  • teach you how to use science-based nutrient formulas adjusted for boys and girls, age, metabolism, and activity
  • take you through our step-by-step framework to build a personalised child nutrition program
What’s more, if you want to…
  • learn how to identify the risks of obesity and diabetes, which factors lead to unhealthy fat gain, the role of inherited genes, and apply strategies to achieve a healthier body weight
  • gain advanced knowledge on the links between nutrition and a child’s brain, IQ, learning issues like dyslexia, memory, mood, behaviour, depression, aggression, ADHD, autism, and epilepsy... and get an insight into which dietary strategies you should consider
  • use science-based tools to evaluate how parents can influence a child’s food choices, rate the effectiveness of their feeding behaviours, and put forward science-based methods for mitigating picky eating
We know you’re absolutely going to love this training!

Exactly What You'll Be Getting...

  • 70 learning units across 24 comprehensive modules with lifetime access to study at your own pace
  • All 58 done-for-you worksheets, evaluation tools, and session handouts to use with your clients
  • 11 Skills Lab™ implementation guides, so you can put your new knowledge into practice and instantly apply what you learn in real life
  • Ca. 500 scientific references, links to journals, and additional resources so you can geek out as much as you want and expand your knowledge even further!
  • Our exact step-by-step process to evaluate a child's nutritional needs and to calculate exact nutrient requirements
  • Our own scientific framework to engineer personalised nutritional plans for different boys and girls, of different ages (from 2 to 16)
  • Science-based questionnaires and assessment tools with scores and results to use with parents, caretakers and schools (100% researched and developed by our own scientists, you won’t find them anywhere else)
  • A complete walk-through of the latest science on child nutrition for a healthy growth and brain development
  • 3 BONUS Modules on child eating psychology and advanced strategies to resolve picky eating
  • The complete training PLUS your official certification upon completion

Certified Advanced Child and Brain Development Nutritional Advisor™

Get started today for $4000 or $400 monthly
Download the full curriculum

Learn from any device!

  • Touch-friendly
  • No installation of other software required
  • Uses HTML5 and CSS3 (no Flash)
  • Loads quickly even over slow connections
  • Automatically adjusts for mobile devices

Get certified without delay

Upon graduation you’ll have instant access to your very own Certificate in PDF format, issued in your name, signed and dated. You can save it, print it or share it with someone else.

Skills Lab™ : Instantly apply your knowledge!

Practise the techniques taught in your certification before seeing real clients through guided field tasks, practical assignments, questionnaires, idea banks creation, and games. Learn how your classmates are doing and stay motivated!


Love the additional client forms/questionnaires that will help me set up my new business. Love the simplistic layout of the course materials, easy to find and follow advice and info that will stay with me. I found this way of learning was more effective for me than just going through a text book.
- Caroline Smith
Everything was set at the right level, covering science based materials with practical examples. Templates were easy to follow, and provided the ability to explain nutritional strategies to any potential clients, in line with their chosen goals. Thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it very valuable. Looking forward to putting it into practice! Thanks!
- Ravin Patel

Have any questions?

There are no entry requirements other than being at least 16 years of age and a willingness to jump in, learn your way around, and have fun!

The certification itself is highly valuable if you want to set yourself apart as a nutrition professional. What’s far more valuable than any professional recognition, however, is the actual scientific knowledge you’re going to receive when you take this course.

You will understand the physical, emotional and neurological implications of what a child eats, from a scientific perspective, and the effects of nutrition and special diets for a healthy growth and brain development.

No, there are no fixed deadlines. Our programme allows you to be 100% in control of your own time. In other words, you are in charge of your own study agenda. This puts you in the driving seat and increases the enjoyment of your learning experience. What’s more, you have lifetime access to your course, which means that it is yours forever to keep, including all future updates and new content!
No special operating system is required. You need a computer and internet access. Upon registration, we help you navigate the online system and also provide access to our 24/7 Interactive Learner Services portal.
At the end of each module, there is a multiple choice quiz based on the readings and lesson materials. The purpose of the quizzes is to enhance your retention of the material. You are permitted to refer to the module lessons and other notes during the quizzes. There is no time limit and you have an unlimited number of attempts to take the quiz. You will see feedback on your correct and incorrect answers after you pass. At the end of the course, there is a final theory exam (online), covering what you have learned in all modules. Upon successful completion of your final exam with a final score of 80% or above, you will receive your certificate.
No, there are no fixed deadlines and you can take as long as you need to complete it. You can finish it in a few weeks or in a couple of years, at your own pace. Plus, you have lifetime access to your course systems and materials, both before and after graduation, including all future updates and new research. This way, you’re supported with content that is current and fresh throughout your entire practice. If you have a gift voucher, we suggest you redeem it as soon as possible – and then start your course lessons whenever you are ready later on.
Everything we’ve detailed above these Frequently Asked Questions is included in your price! You’ll have the choice to select optional add-ons (entirely up to you if you want them or not), such as a printed course pack by post or professional add-on registration modules for CPD. Not all of our graduates seek to evidence a professional recognition, so we’ve made it optional and those who don’t need it won’t have to pay extra. Contact us if you require further information.
Absolutely! The course is packed with Downloadable Client Materials and Session Handouts that will help you establish or expand your nutritional practice. Your final module covers the key professional, legal, tax, and insurance considerations in order to set up your practice. In there, we also provide you with downloadable legal templates for you to print and use as soon as you start seeing clients. We also offer an optional, premium Clinic Toolkit™ packed with intelligent forms to help start or enhance your practice.
No pre-requisite of any science background is required. High school level science can be helpful. No prior experience and/or educational paperwork are required.
The entire course is online. You can download and print all of your materials, including your client worksheets and planning tools. Don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, in addition to your online access, we can courier your course pack once you’ve registered your course for an additional fee. Upon registration, you’ll be given this option so you can instantly order your course pack.
You can do it as quickly or slowly as you wish. Our program allows you to be 100% in control of your own time. In other words, you are in charge of your own study agenda. This puts you in the driving seat and increases the enjoyment of your learning experience.
No. Instead, you are presented with learning checks built into each module, guided Skills Lab™ tasks, worksheets, student games and polls, practical self-assignments and online tests. This way you won’t feel stuck over the composition and marking of written tasks. What’s more, your study time is reduced so you can concentrate on what really matters: Applying your newly acquired knowledge to real life situations!
No, there are no additional fees to retake your final theory exam. In fact, you will be able to retake it instantly (online), without any further administrative steps. You are permitted to refer to the module lessons and other notes during your final exam. There is no time limit and you have an unlimited number of attempts to take it.
It depends on how quickly you would like to complete your certification. You can study for as many hours per week as your work and social life allows. The guided learning hours to complete this training are 90 hours.

Some of our students finish in six months, and those with work commitments may take a year or longer. There’s no expiry date to complete the training.

Yes. It has been accredited by CPD (the official certification service for Continuing Professional Development, which carries both UK and International recognition), and endorsed by YMCA Awards (previously Central YMCA Qualifications/CYQ), the UK’s leading and longest-established awarding body for health, fitness and wellness qualifications.

Through this CPD accredited certification, you can use your earned CPD hours with a number of professional bodies and organisations, including: the NHS, Cancer Research, the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professionals Council, NSPCC, The British Society of Psychologists, B-eat, Bioforce, but also pharmaceuticals like Novartis or Bayer, universities like King’s College London or Imperial College London – to name a few.

You can find out more about our awarding bodies here.

Certified Advanced Child and Brain Development Nutritional Advisor™

Get started today for $4000 or $400 monthly
Download the full curriculum




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