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Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders Paperback – January 5, 2010
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"Dr. Melillo's thesis and proposed intervention give hope to all affected parties (children, parents and clinicians) that neurobehavioral disorders of childhood can be eradicated one day in the near future by relying primarily on behavioral and cognitive treatments."
"I found the book to be very interesting and informative, including case studies of children he claims have been cured of some of these disorders, as well as checklists of ways to identify whether or not your child may have a brain deficiency or delay and what side of the brain may be involved. It does seem to bring a ray of hope, as many of us have come to believe that there is no cure for disorders like autism."
"I HIGHLY recommend reading this book! It was very enlightening to me. I do believe that his philosophy on these disorders is accurate and his approach to helping them is valid."
About the Author
Dr. Melillo is president of the Foundation for Cognitive Neuroscience and executive director of the F.R. Carrick Institute for Clinical Ergonomics, Rehabilitation and Applied Neurosciences, a non-profit university-based brain research center dedicated to researching methods and products to assist victims of brain injury, chronic pain, and other neurological and neuro-behavioral challenges. He lives in Rockville Centre, New York, with his wife and three children.
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Just to let you know, my daughter was ONCE profoundly autistic. She was so severe that doctors told us to just give up on her and just let her live her life. Well that is quite hard to do when your child is so aggressive and struggles so much with everything and anything to just not give her a chance. If I had given up, I would not have found Brain Balance. I am forever grateful to Dr. Melillo, his staff, and this wonderful program.
It was so exciting to see her at her birthday party this past week and see her eat cake, bowling, and have just a blast with her friends. She went from being so far into her self and getting worse to an outgoing, curious, humerous, lover of life little girl. I am thrilled with her willingness to try with school and her eagerness to learn the world around her. It is wonderful for her to read me a book, draw me a drawing, help with dinner, participate in Karate, and have friends that do not question whether or not she ever had any issues. She finally has a life.
I know for a personal fact that these stories are not made up. The only reason that others may think this program is to easy or to good to be true, is because our society has taught us to think only one way. We have grown to believe that there is no hope or cure. I never knew this to be true for my daughter, or her two brothers who also completed the Brain Balance Program for ADD and severe allergies. This is a very powerful program that I urge every parent to look into for the future of their child.
I am very excited that this book is finally out. I have looked forward to it for quite some time, in the hopes that families can at least experience what we have gone through. Brain Balance has brought such peace to a household that was once under so much chaos.Read more ›
For background, we started to realize that T had an issue when he was 2 and still wasn't speaking. He was a late walker and never really crawled properly, but we didn't realize those were issues until after the fact. When we brought up the speaking issue to our GP, it was dismissed. He's a boy, he's learning 2 languages, etc. I feel like this was the first mistake. We let ourselves be reassured instead of getting on the waitlist for services. At 3 years old, our daycare worker, who was wonderful, told us that T had issues with speach, gross motor and socially connecting. He had no friends and he would just stop and stare at other kids, rather than playing with them. He did not play with toys appropriately, but he loved the blender and food processor - taking them apart and putting them back together. He would stay occupied with these things for 30 - 40 minutes, but couldn't sit at the table for more than 2 minutes. We were constantly chasing him around with food so that he'd eat. On the other hand, his eye contact was good, he was loving with lots of kisses and hugs and he didn't spin or flap his arms. We were concerned, but not overly concerned at this point. Our GP referred us to a pediatritian. The pediatritian appiontment was shocking. She reviewed T for an hour and then told us that at 3 1/2 years old, he was at a 2 year old level. She said she'd send us to a neurologist to check his brain and get blood work done to rule out genetic disorders they could test for, but she didn't have anything positive to say. She didn't explain the various services available, what an OT does vs. speach vs.Read more ›
I also expected the author to give some context as to how his research fits into the greater body of knowledge. "Disconnectedness" is a popular area of research, and there are many great minds out there working on these disorders; however, he doesn't reference other research (except in a negative way.) He has no bibliography and references no other work for a layperson to look to in order to verify his methods. In the absence of context and cited research, this book simply reads like an infomercial.
As the author he assumes the point of view that the reader accepts his credentials as an expert. His "proofs" are a handful of cases that he sprinkles oddly throughout the book. In these cases, he simply states the difficulty that the child had, possibly mentions some general approach and then states that Brain Balance cured the child. There is no description of the specific methods used to overcome the disorder...simply that the child was cured. I'm not saying that some parents have not had good results. What I am saying is that just because it worked in that case, is it reproducible? If the author feels that it is, then where is the study to show that? What were the conditions of the study? Have other researchers attempted the same thing with similar results?
As a parent and a layperson, I'm not looking for a textbook. I simply want some context in the field of research and follow-up references included in the material; otherwise, there's no way to say whether this is a reputable source of information.
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Valuable information for parents trying to understand their difficult child.Published 1 month ago by Rene Keck