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Autism: The Scientific Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders--and What Parents Can Do Now Hardcover – December 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (December 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399159533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399159534
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the work of Dr. Robert Melillo:

"A visionary new approach...These valuable clinical insights add much to our tool kit." 
—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
 
 
"Clinically innovative and academically grounded...brings a refreshing, hopeful, and scientifically responsible approach to the field of childhood neurological disorders."
—Leslie Philipp Weiser, M.Ph., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
 
 
"Dr Melillo is a true visionary in the area of childhood developmental disorders, and autism in particular. I have met with children and families whose lives have been transformed by his work. I know that his latest book will be another useful tool that will help others learn about and possibly prevent autism in their children in a way that only he can."
—Zac Brown, Grammy Award winning musician, and Founder of Camp Southern Ground
 
 
“Dr. Melillo’s books are a ray of hope. Jam-packed with scientifically grounded information on brain function and its behavioral correlates, they provide satisfying explanations that parents recognize as relevant to their experience. And because his work is further tied to a simple intervention program, it has the power and potential to revolutionize the field.” 
—Michele Denize Strachan, MD, Behavioral Pediatrician Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program, University of Minnesota
 
 
“Dr. Robert Melillo is one of those rare individuals who can unravel the seemingly unsolvable mysteries of neurobehavioral development with wisdom, compassion, and vast perspective. His unique, groundbreaking, and research-based approach to improving brain function introduces the process of unlocking each child's potential.” 
—Pamela D. Garcy, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Argosy University Dallas
 
 
"Dr. Melillo, one of the world’s leading experts in childhood developmental disorders, has organized the best scientifically referenced source of risk factors for autism, which all future parents should know about it. His book is a must read."
 —Datis Kharrazian, DC, DHSc, MS, MNeuroSci
 
 
“Dr. Melillo presents a very clear and educational view of how a child’s brain grows, from the bottom up…. This is without any doubt an amazing theory that will stimulate a great number of research protocols.”
—Dr. Calixto Machado, MD, PhD, FAAN, President Cuban Society of Clinical Neurophysiology
 
 
"Dr. Robert Melillo has unraveled the mysteries of brain organization and translated what we know into simple, practical therapeutic regimens to allow all of our children to reach their unlimited potential. He has produced a message of hope for parents of children, with clear, consistent, and significant results."
—Prof. Gerry Leisman, Director, The National Institute of Brain & Rehabilitation Science, Nazareth, Israel 

About the Author

Dr. Robert Melillo, creator of Brain Balance Program, is an internationally known chiropractic neurologist, professor, researcher, and expert in childhood neurological disorders. Since 1994, his program has helped thousands of children. He lives in Rockville Centre, New York, with his wife and three children. He is also the author of Disconnected Kids and Reconnected Kids.

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Dr. Melillo cleary presents the most current research in Autism.
anonymous
Dr. Melillo's latest book will help others learn about and possibly prevent autism in their children.
Dr. Scott Cuthbert
This book is full of information in an easy to read and understand format.
D.K.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kara Smith on January 2, 2013
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This is a fantastic book for parents and especially parents-to-be. Dr. Melillo has done a remarkable job of conveying a great deal of information in a book that is wonderfully easy to read, and more importantly, offers immediately actionable instructions for lowering the probability or effects of autism.

Until recently, ASD has been thought to be purely a product of genetics; however "Autism" explains why this view is insufficient. Dr. Melillo gives a primer on epigenetics and the effects of environmental factors, and how to change one's lifestyle to improve the probabilities of having healthy, non-autistic children. (For an excellent overview of epigenetics, consider watching Nova's thirteen minute video on PBS or YouTube: [...])

It was fascinating to learn about the connection between left-brained parents and higher rates of autism - for example, Silicon Valley bears the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest autism rates in the US. As a left-brained technical mom from SV myself, this was an eye opener. Happily, these imbalances can be assessed and corrected through exercises in the book, and Dr. Melillo reassures us that our improvements as parents will actually help the chances of our babies-to-be to be healthy.

Dr. Melillo also describes early autism warning signs that can be observed in babies as young as six months. He explains how to look for primitive reflexes present at birth that may not have disappeared as they naturally should - a strong indication that the brain is not developing normally. Several exercises are offered that should help get rid of lingering primitive reflexes, and get the brain back on track.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on February 4, 2013
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Dr. Melillo presents both sides of the argument regarding the research and stats; as well as offering a fresh perspective. I think he is on to something with his functional approach. We are seeing more and more research about neuroplasticity. We are even seeing it on TV with things like Lumosity. In my opinion, this is the field to watch when it comes to ASDs.
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I have a son with Autism and a son with symptoms of ADHD and sensory processing disorder. After 6 years of heavy interventions I have learned so much about what environmental things triggered their disorders. I knew it was not genetic because myself nor my husband have Autism. The thing I learned quickly is that I could not blame myself for any of these triggers because I did not know about them. I had no idea that watching television or movies in the early years could impact development. I also wasn't aware at the time at how toxic our environment and food are and how those thing were impacting my son's development as well. Even though this book can be hard to take for parents who already have an affected child, it is so worth it. Dr. Melillo addresses all the things that I wish that I had known before I had children. Would it have made me not have children? No. It would have made me make sure that myself and my husband were more in balance and had healthy immune systems as well as changed what things I did with my children when they were young especially. I know that this works because I eliminated many environmental triggers with my daughter who came after, and she has developed exactly as she should. These same things can be used in reverse. My boys both have mad huge improvements through the Brain Balance Program and by eliminating toxins, inflammatory foods and by going back and re-developing areas that didn't fully develop. Dr. Melillo is the only person I have ever known that actually knows what is going on in the brain of my child and how I can change it. I always knew my son had potential because even at 3 years old he could identify words, letters and could even spell. However, he could not speak or understand instructions or use the toilet.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rogério R. Rita on January 20, 2013
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Exceptional review of this challenging theme for medicine and modern society.
Dr. Melillo's briliant approach may help many parents and caretake to help these children.

Rogério R. Rita, MD from Brazil
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Freddys X. Garcia on February 1, 2013
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Dr. Melillo has a way of making material that would normally be difficult to obtain and understand, and writing it in a way that is easily grasped by the public. This book should be read by all parents to be who want to take the steps to have the healthiest child possible. I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike on February 11, 2013
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I could not put this book down. It is a great work of the current main stream of research to help moms and dads to help prevent their offspring from having autism or autistic tendencies. A great look at our society and the choices we are making and the things we need to change to have a better world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on February 7, 2013
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I come in contact with many people everyday and one of the most surprising things is how many families have a child with Autism. This book should be read by anyone planning to become parents. There are so many things Dr. Melillo has in this book to do now if you are pregnant or if you have a child with autism currently. I bought 4 more to give to my nephews family and friends, I pray it will help them. Great book, great topic, much needed.
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Dr. Robert Melillo, the creator of the Brain Balance Program(tm), is an internationally known chiropractic neurologist, professor, researcher, and expert in childhood neurological disorders.