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A proven drug-free program addressing the cause—not just the symptoms—of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions. Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children are diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But even as rates rise, diagnosis and treatment have not changed in 50 years. Since psychiatric drugs, given A proven drug-free program addressing the cause—not just the symptoms—of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions. Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children are diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But even as rates rise, diagnosis and treatment have not changed in 50 years. Since psychiatric drugs, given to more than 20% of elementary school children today, don’t cure them, doctors tell parents these dysfunctions will never disappear. Enter Dr. Robert Melillo and his new understanding of the causes of these disorders: a disconnection between the left and right sides of the developing brain. His revolutionary Brain Balance™ program has achieved documented results, dramatically improving children’s and families’ quality of life. Since 1998, nearly 1,000 children have completed the Brain Balance™ program with remarkable success—behavioral, emotional, academic, and social. Written in an accessible style, Disconnected Kids shows parents how to use this drug- free approach at home, with customizable exercises for physical, sensory, and academic performance, advice for behavior modification, information on foods to avoid, and a follow-up program for lasting results.


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A proven drug-free program addressing the cause—not just the symptoms—of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions. Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children are diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But even as rates rise, diagnosis and treatment have not changed in 50 years. Since psychiatric drugs, given A proven drug-free program addressing the cause—not just the symptoms—of Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions. Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children are diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But even as rates rise, diagnosis and treatment have not changed in 50 years. Since psychiatric drugs, given to more than 20% of elementary school children today, don’t cure them, doctors tell parents these dysfunctions will never disappear. Enter Dr. Robert Melillo and his new understanding of the causes of these disorders: a disconnection between the left and right sides of the developing brain. His revolutionary Brain Balance™ program has achieved documented results, dramatically improving children’s and families’ quality of life. Since 1998, nearly 1,000 children have completed the Brain Balance™ program with remarkable success—behavioral, emotional, academic, and social. Written in an accessible style, Disconnected Kids shows parents how to use this drug- free approach at home, with customizable exercises for physical, sensory, and academic performance, advice for behavior modification, information on foods to avoid, and a follow-up program for lasting results.

30 review for Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roselover24

    I will rarely waste my time writing a bad review but this snake oil salesman deserves it. any parent when faced with a challenged child will look for any way to make their child more normal it is in our nature it is not because we do not love our child for who he is but because we want their life to be easier I am the mother of 5, 4 of whom have some special needs of one type or another. This book was recommended to me by my sister in law who loves her nephews and like me would love to see anythi I will rarely waste my time writing a bad review but this snake oil salesman deserves it. any parent when faced with a challenged child will look for any way to make their child more normal it is in our nature it is not because we do not love our child for who he is but because we want their life to be easier I am the mother of 5, 4 of whom have some special needs of one type or another. This book was recommended to me by my sister in law who loves her nephews and like me would love to see anything to make their lives easier I went into this book skeptical but hopeful I want there to be an easy fix be it a diet or exercises or games or something anything I can see how this book preys on the desperation of a well meaning loving parent It says in many instances to have cured ADHD and Autistic spectrum disorders. I'm going to stop right here because first off Im going to call BULL IF this man had really cured Autism and ADHD I would like to know why this is not national news? why is this man not being brought up in each and every single pediatric conference ? why is his name not being sung as the greatest savior of children since Jonas Salk? This book gives beautiful, heart wrenching stories of children who were cured by this system. It then goes on to tell you the way to fix your child of course you could always find one of his clinics and have his system administered to your child by the professional counselors (the first clue that this home version will not work you , you cheap fool are not paying enough money for the experts you bad parent you! yes this book uses guilt to manipulate you be warned) First going on the gluten and casein free diet (no wheat and no dairy essentially) now be on this diet for 6 months follow it religiously any failure in this diet even a small amount will be a set back because your child has a food sensitivity some issues with this no tests run just cut wheat and dairy out of his diet huh OK granted I am not an expert on food sensitivities and how they affect brain behavior even a small amount will cause a complete relapse of symptoms and according to this doctor it takes months before you will notice a difference in the childs behavior my issue comes not just with the diet portion however it comes with the statements that the doctor makes about the effectiveness of his program basically if you follow his program your child with get better GREAT I thought then I read on if his program does not work it is because either 1) your child was born with an issue far to severe for his program to be effective 2) you deviated in some way from the program you fed your child something with casein in it or something with Gluten in it OR you did not follow his directions exactly or (and this was the best one) 3) your child somehow experienced brain damage from whip lash as a small baby no matter what the program is right and works if the programs fails the program did not fail YOU as a parent failed This "doctor" should be ashamed of himself he claims he does this "for the kids" face up to facts there doc you do this for the money you swindle out of the pockets of parents desperate to make life just a tiny bit easier for their struggling child

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Just because a bunch of people have read negative opinions held by a bunch of other people about any given book or program, it’s really meaningless until you take the time to engage with it and see for yourself. I have two sons whom I enrolled at our local Brain Balance center from 8/2013-11/2013. Anyone who shoots down Melillo's work has not taken the time to do a firsthand observation of those in the program. It has been truly life-changing for us. For my blog on the subject, see: www.brainbal Just because a bunch of people have read negative opinions held by a bunch of other people about any given book or program, it’s really meaningless until you take the time to engage with it and see for yourself. I have two sons whom I enrolled at our local Brain Balance center from 8/2013-11/2013. Anyone who shoots down Melillo's work has not taken the time to do a firsthand observation of those in the program. It has been truly life-changing for us. For my blog on the subject, see: www.brainbalancing.wordpress.com Numerous critics like to portray Dr. Melillo as nothing more than a snake oil salesman who just wants your money. The only problem with that is that he’s basically printed a step- by-step guide on how to help your kids do the same home programming exercises for free, in this book “Disconnected Kids.” I've met him personally when a new center opened up in our town. He is a pioneer in this field. He's done years of research and developed a program that truly changes lives every day. Just recently in a happy development from the scientific establishment, UCSF came out with a ground-breaking research. They are the first group to have identified real physical/biological differences in the brain of kids with Sensory Processing Disorder. They admit that for many years, people just didn't believe SPD even existed. But as parents of these kids, we absolutely knew that it did, and we live with it every day. Among other things, the UCSF report noted that the white matter in the brains of SPD kids is preventing the right and left sides of the brains from connecting properly. This is exactly what Melillo claimed, long before the establishment institutions recognized it. I believe that further research will only continue to reaffirm that Melillo has been on the right track all along. The program fee at a Brain Balance center covers a three-month course of programming. It’s comparable to sending your kid to a world class tutor three times a week. But even if you don't want to invest that much money you can do an exhaustive assessment for 300 bucks, and they will give you a home program to follow that fit's your kids needs, no strings attached. But even without an assessment, any parent can start doing the exercises with their kids, straight out of this book. Try it for a month, and then gauge if you've seen measurable differences in your ADHD/SPD/Asperger's kids. Can it cure all mental health challenges? Certainly not. But many of the 21st Century disorders that our kids suffer from CAN be ameliorated and even cured (such as ADHD)by changing the diet to heal the leaky gut, and adopting the exercise program outlined in Disconnected Kids. The diet changes are not for sissies, it's much more than just removing gluten and casein from the diet. But it is transformative, even for a person not suffering from a neuro-disorder. Try this: Put on a pair of goggles that continuously flashes a light into your right eye, while feeding auditory stimuli into your left ear. Then put a continuously vibrating cuff on one of your legs and one of your arms. Then get on a balance beam, and walk forward and then backwards over the entire length without falling off. Then when you’ve managed that successfully, do it again. But this time, throw a ball up and down in front of you at the same time. Then throw in the metronome. My 13-year-old can do it now, no problem. And he no longer suffers from ADHD. That's a sample of the kind of exercises they do at the Brain Balance centers. Gathering a bunch of negative opinions from people and writing a critical piece about it is quite simple. In giving credence to such an assessment, one disregards the value of engaging in applied science. That is what Dr. Melillo did almost twenty years ago, as he worked with patients in rehab, and observed how multi-disciplinary interventions, when combined and applied simultaneously, healed them. If we waited around for the mainstream establishment to make innovations, and figure out how to combine modalities across medical communities, we’d all still be in the dark ages. Thank God for Robert Melillo.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Robert Melillo is a chiropractor with additional courses taken in neurology, thus making him a board-certifed "chiropractic neurologist". He has worked with over 1000 children, and claims to have the cure for ALL neurological disorders, from autism to schizophrenia, all based on the idea of "brain balance", or communication between the two hemispheres of the brain. Several "Brain Balance Centers" have opened up around the country, and I cringe to think how much money parents are paying for these Robert Melillo is a chiropractor with additional courses taken in neurology, thus making him a board-certifed "chiropractic neurologist". He has worked with over 1000 children, and claims to have the cure for ALL neurological disorders, from autism to schizophrenia, all based on the idea of "brain balance", or communication between the two hemispheres of the brain. Several "Brain Balance Centers" have opened up around the country, and I cringe to think how much money parents are paying for these treatments that purport to be the panacea for all known neurological ailments in children. None of his claims are based on empirical, scientific, clinically-controlled studies, but on anecdotal reports from satisfied parents who are thrilled that their child is now on the honor roll, interested in rock concerts and wanting to play outside. I do agree in part with his basic tenet, that the brain is "plastic", in other words, it can compensate and repair itself to a degree, and that no child's destiny is ever set in stone. I caution parents to always be leery of anyone or any methodology that claims to "cure" their child of anything.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    I am still not done with this, and I will finish it. The first five chapters are salesy, poorly written and cliff hangers in annoying way. It's like reading an informercial about his REVLOUTIONARY CURE FOR AUTISM AND ADHD. He comes across as a quack, because he makes so many claims about why the brain does certain things. In all my studies of neuropsychology, brain development in university studies and the maybe hundreds of books and articles I've read about brain function since college I've nev I am still not done with this, and I will finish it. The first five chapters are salesy, poorly written and cliff hangers in annoying way. It's like reading an informercial about his REVLOUTIONARY CURE FOR AUTISM AND ADHD. He comes across as a quack, because he makes so many claims about why the brain does certain things. In all my studies of neuropsychology, brain development in university studies and the maybe hundreds of books and articles I've read about brain function since college I've never seen claims like this without citing any research. He also was quick to blame autism and other neurological problem on too much TV, two parents working and loads of other crap. Somehow I wanted to stay hooked to see where the infomercial was going. I realized pretty quickly he is not a doctor with any knowledge of neruological disorder etiology, but rather a chiropractor, which wasn't a deal breaker for me. I still wanted to see what he thought he could accomplish. I am open minded. And here I am 160 pages in and he's finally giving parents exercises and activities that will help with brain development and connectivity. I've had enough kids in therapy for me to see value here. There actually is some "meat" to this book and some reasoning in his pompous and inaccurate medical claims. I will update once I reach the end but right now, he's getting 2 stars for telling parents it's their fault their child has major brain issues, and for having no medical research to back up any of his claims before publishing it as fact. But that doesn't mean some of his therapy and treatment exercises don't give some children progress in their development. I do see value in it. Update** after finishing. I think his exercises DO have value and can be helpful. But I still give the book 2 stars for his outlandish and flawed lack of science in describing the causes of autism and by selling so hard his ability to cure it for every child. I find it hogwash.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    My husband read this book in the fall of 2009, and felt it answered every question he ever had about our son's autism. I was able to read it before our son's evaluation a few month's later (except for the specific exercises/treatments depending on your diagnosis), and I would consider the material groundbreaking. It explains a lot about the brain, its astounding complexity and infinite potential. We are exited to work on a home program, and see where it takes us.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    We are currently going through the Brain Balance Program for our 14 yr old daughter who has Asperger's. We are in week 3 and seeing some early results. This is a MUST READ for anyone who is on the austism spectrum or suffers from dyslexia, add, adhd, and other disorders.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Will Green

    Brilliant, practical, and understandable. Robert Melillo literally wrote the textbook here on the assessment and functional treatment applications for children with Autism, Asperger's, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, etc. For any parent (or patient) dealing with any sort of neuro-behavioral disorder, THIS IS A MUST!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Inspire Dheart

    I have seen Disconnected Kids described as a marketing book. That was not the intent, and that information came straight from the horses mouth. The reason for the detailed information on the Brain Balance program is so that anyone can duplicate it for free (the assessment is difficult to do, the program is much easier. An assessment costs less than a new TV). Do you know anyone who has spent enormous amounts of money on research only to give away the information for free? I don't. The reason tha I have seen Disconnected Kids described as a marketing book. That was not the intent, and that information came straight from the horses mouth. The reason for the detailed information on the Brain Balance program is so that anyone can duplicate it for free (the assessment is difficult to do, the program is much easier. An assessment costs less than a new TV). Do you know anyone who has spent enormous amounts of money on research only to give away the information for free? I don't. The reason that there was not much empirical evidence to start was that it takes time for other institutions to get interested in the topic, raise money for research, get it approved and print it. Be skeptical absolutely, but don't limit yourself when reading reviews of people who haven't put their kids through the program. There are 3rd party peer reviewed articles now, and the program is not a quick fix. It takes a lot of work to change the brain. Dr. Melillo does not own most of these centers. The majority are owned by people who spent 3 months in another city, put their children through Brain Balance, then moved back home to open a center because of the difference it made. Wouldn't it be sad to find out years later, that the treatment worked and it's too late because your child's brain is now fully developed and you only listened to they nay sayers? Traditional medicine wants to treat everyone with drugs, some with horrible side affects and that don't work after a year. It takes time for a new idea/treatment to be accepted. Some doctors still don't recommend vitamins. The knowledge gained in neuroscience is changing so fast now that by the time a textbook is published, it is out of date. We CAN change the brain. It is now well known that learning new information and regular exercise changes neurons. There are other books on Brain Balance, and a ton more information on neuroscience. Be skeptical, but educate yourselves with scientific information, not the opinion of those who have not taken the time to investigate deeper into the subject. I have taken the time not only to research this particular topic, but also how diet affects the brain. The child is tested for food intolerances, not just put on a diet removing generic problematic foods. Intolerances can cause inflammation in the brain, caused by the break down of the blood-brain barrier due to leaky gut syndrome. Remember that we all have different life experiences, education, knowledge and biases when reading reviews.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Fife

    Preliminary & Provisionary Review of Diconnected Kids Disclaimer #1- I started listening to this because my wife bought the book. But my opinions are my own. :) I'm a father of 6 kids. We homeschool them all. Taking in both sides of our family, we over 2 dozen of nieces/nephews. I know of at least 3 of them that have been formally diagnosed as being on some end of the Autism spectrum. Disclaimer #2 - We are not rush to the doctor kind of parents. We read copiously, but are not any kind of trained Preliminary & Provisionary Review of Diconnected Kids Disclaimer #1- I started listening to this because my wife bought the book. But my opinions are my own. :) I'm a father of 6 kids. We homeschool them all. Taking in both sides of our family, we over 2 dozen of nieces/nephews. I know of at least 3 of them that have been formally diagnosed as being on some end of the Autism spectrum. Disclaimer #2 - We are not rush to the doctor kind of parents. We read copiously, but are not any kind of trained medical professionals. As such, we have sometimes "self diagnosed" ourselves and or our children - Take it or leave it. My wife, we're pretty sure has un/self diagnosed fibromyalgia. I have professionally diagnosed anxiety/depression. I have been on an antidepressant regularly for more than a decade now. Would I like to not have to take a pill? Sure. I even tried it for about 6 months a couple years back. When winter hit & I was an emotional wreck for a week, I knew it was time to get back on Fluoxetene (generic Prozac). I am not ashamed that I have to take a pill to feel like myself. There are innumerable people I know who I think would also benefit immeasurably from doing so, but won't even consider it. Disclaimer #3 - Of my 6 kids, I'm pretty sure at least 4 of them are on the adhd-autism spectrum to at least a degree & both my wife & I have adhd to a degree. I've always been an insufferable fidgeter, among other things. NONE of us have been diagnosed or have even really sought out specific medical help for it (I'll get into why later), though we have tried dietary changes that have helped in some cases. Disclaimer #4- We are Do it yourself-ers when it comes to a lot of health things. Not that we never visit a doctor, counselor, whatever, but we live in the information age. Granted there is certainly some garbage out there in that glut of information, but if you don't actively consume information regularly & evaluate it FOR YOURSELF, you will never really know. Disclaimer #5 - Before writing this review, I read almost every other review on this book in whatever format they consumed it in (or claimed to do so - "Skimming" something to me does not give you the right to pass judgement on it based on your narrow viewpoint). Ok. Got the disclaimers out of the way? I listened to this book because as my kids have grown, I have often had conversations with my wife about them & even just in the last week, found myself saying "I just don't know how to connect with X anymore." To which she replied, "Have you ever really?" I love Each And EVERY ONE of my kids. They are amazing & I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. But sometimes I just can't comprehend the way their brains work! I'm sure every parent has been there with their kids, but when it is a continual thing, or the same problem over and over, you begin to question your ability as a parent, along with if something actually is wrong with your kid. Here's the why of our not getting our kids, and sometimes ourselves diagnosed: 1: My wife's Fibromyalgia - In looking up her symptoms & doing our own research, we've found that the medical establishment can do virtually nothing to treat it. We have found some things that have been beneficial in diet & other things. The medical community is very good at diagnosing something based on symptoms. It gives you a LABEL to work with Sometimes, they are spot on correct. Other times... I'm sure they're doing their best. 2: With LABELs, come expectations & stigma. There are times when I think you absolutely need to find out what is going on medically from a medical professional & I'm getting a lot closer to that with some of what has happened with our kids. But not quite yet. 3: I grew up with a cousin who was pumped full of Ritalin for years. At 18 he had a heart condition caused by it. I'm not blaming his parents or the medical professionals that treated him, but the amount of chemical concoctions we pour into our bodies that have only been created in the last 50 years, and therefore don't really have a lifetime of data to back them up, always makes me a little hesitant to pour a new chemical into my kid. So... to get to my review. First I want to review what other kinds of reviews are out there for this book. They fall largely into 2 categories (with 2 subcategories): 5 stars from parents who have either tried it & it has done wonders from them, or at least parents who are inspired by what they read & are excited to have something to hope for, and 1 Star reviews from members of the Medical Establishment who discount anything Melillo claims because he's a chiropractor and not an MD/PHD (sorry Andy, I do still think its awesome you got yours though) or from those who only believe someone with an MD/PHD who often didn't even read the entire book, and not one of them who have actually tried it. Many of the 1 star reviews felt like it was an infomercial, with Melillo just trying to sell desperate parents his services. I realize some of these reviews may have been for an older version that didn't include his self directed course, but its there now at no extra charge. Did I feel compelled to go to one of the cities hosting his 12 week Brain Balance course? No. But I do feel compelled enough to try it at home & see what happens! If there are simple exercises that I can do for 12 weeks to help me function better, don't I owe it to my family to at least give it a shot? And likewise, if there are exercises that can exorcise some of the autistic or ADHD demons that have haunted my kids for years, shouldn't we try it out and see? I owe it to my kids to try this and see if it is what he claims. At the very least, I don't see how it can be any worse than chicken soup for a cold. I found Melillo's writing informative and encouraging. I did not feel like I was being sold a product. Just being able to understand more of why my kids may be behaving a particular way has already enabled me to be more patient with them - and with myself. Again and again, I heard him describing 4 of my kids, sometimes myself & sometimes my wife. Labels can at least help to have a place to start. For me - I'm giving Melillo a prelimanary & provisional 5 stars. Thank you for your work in this field & trying to help with an epidemic that is touching millions, sometimes amidst scorn for decades. I've narrated a similar book (not on autism) under a different name because of the controversial nature of it. Here's my provisions for the 5 stars - Give my family & me 4 months to try it out. We already printed off the assesment forms last night for each of our kids & started filling them out. If at the end of the 4 months, it's made a good difference in our family, the 5 stars will remain. If it turns out to just be chicken soup, That will be changed to 3 stars. If I find it is in fact harmful, I will join the 1 star crowd, but it will be a qualified 1 star. Either way, I'll check back in 4 months to let you know. As for the narration - Tom Perkins gets 5 stars either way. He did superb. Engaging enough in a book that might seem pedantic otherwise. I'm already listening to it again at 3.5x speed (a first for me) in order to let the ideas & info percolate a little more, but his narration still holds up, even at that break neck pace. I'm not so sure mine would. Kudos, Tom!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kottke

    The author makes the seemingly bold claim that a number of neurological conditions are just different manifestations of a single cause: hemispheric imbalance resulting from faulty connectivity in the brain. While that doesn't contradict received wisdom about these disorders, the claim that they can all be literally cured through a single comprehensive intervention smacks of overselling and oversimplification. There is a lot of good advice in here, but short of institutionalization of the young a The author makes the seemingly bold claim that a number of neurological conditions are just different manifestations of a single cause: hemispheric imbalance resulting from faulty connectivity in the brain. While that doesn't contradict received wisdom about these disorders, the claim that they can all be literally cured through a single comprehensive intervention smacks of overselling and oversimplification. There is a lot of good advice in here, but short of institutionalization of the young adults with Asperger's with whom I live, implementing - and enforcing - the full regimen of Brain Balance interventions appears quixotic at best, impossible at worst. What's left is a sales pitch for a particularly pricey chiropractic intervention, of which I am instinctually skeptical, along with some sloppily applied behaviorism. I don't doubt the veracity of the powerful cases presented, or the sincerity of Dr. Melillo's work. However, good science is inherently much more tentative and modest in its claims than what is presented here - and relies on the results of controlled research, not anecdotes, to make its case.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Allyn Sutton

    There are many conflicting reviews of this book. Read it for yourself if you want to learn about an alternative method for helping a child with any of several disorders or learning difficulties. I will agree that the book is highly promotional of the Brain Balance centers - because that's the pinnacle of the program! He is not a quack or trying to make a buck; he is a dedicated researcher and parent offering a real solution to otherwise untreatable issues. So many people assume this is meant to There are many conflicting reviews of this book. Read it for yourself if you want to learn about an alternative method for helping a child with any of several disorders or learning difficulties. I will agree that the book is highly promotional of the Brain Balance centers - because that's the pinnacle of the program! He is not a quack or trying to make a buck; he is a dedicated researcher and parent offering a real solution to otherwise untreatable issues. So many people assume this is meant to be a quick and easy fix; it's not at all. It's a detailed and holistic look at a child and its environment, and the lengthy and often challenging process of changing components to change the brain. Just read it and decide for yourself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    My one star category is reserved for books that I would like to throw in the trash and this book fits perfectly into that category. I wish I could give it negative stars. This book, written by a chiropractor, brazenly states over and over it can cure autism, ADHD, and other disorders. I could go on and on about all the things wrong in this book but instead I will state it this way: This book is to mental health issues what Jenny McCarthy is to vaccines. I read this for a friend who was recommende My one star category is reserved for books that I would like to throw in the trash and this book fits perfectly into that category. I wish I could give it negative stars. This book, written by a chiropractor, brazenly states over and over it can cure autism, ADHD, and other disorders. I could go on and on about all the things wrong in this book but instead I will state it this way: This book is to mental health issues what Jenny McCarthy is to vaccines. I read this for a friend who was recommended this by her PT for her kid with a brain injury. I will categorically tell her to avoid it. If you are looking for a book to help with ADHD, read Delivered From Distraction. It is filled with real scientific information based on years of peer-reviewed research.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    This is one of those books that I don't think I'll ever really "finish"; I have referred to it often during the past year. Packed with exercises to help create brain connections in children who need extra developmental intervention to become the best that they can be, it is a great tool to help me help my five year-old in her development.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am currently reading this book. I am choosing to exhaust every route in helping my 8 year old daughter before considering medication. After my daughters fourth therapy session I was told she may have Bi-Polar disorder. I was recommended a special school to take her to for an assessment. The school seemed perfect because they do hands on therapy during class to teach the kids coping skills, but also medicate the kids. When I told them, however, that I did not want her medicated I was basically I am currently reading this book. I am choosing to exhaust every route in helping my 8 year old daughter before considering medication. After my daughters fourth therapy session I was told she may have Bi-Polar disorder. I was recommended a special school to take her to for an assessment. The school seemed perfect because they do hands on therapy during class to teach the kids coping skills, but also medicate the kids. When I told them, however, that I did not want her medicated I was basically told to go somewhere else until I was ready to medicate her. IF they really wanted to help these kids they would offer the therapy w/out the meds as well. And let me just add that they are expensive and partly covered by insurance (I will get back to this). What concerned me most was that across the street from the school was a child study center. I looked them up and they medicate kids who have psych disorders or who are PREDISPOSED to them which I found alarming. I was told my daughter would more than likely be put on mood stabilizers and ADHD types of medications after only the second class which is when she would be assessed by the psych. Then he would give the prescriptions to the nurse and she would let me know what meds to get filled from the pharmacy (through my insurance). I questioned them about why the psych did not first observe the kids and then recommend meds after the assessment AND observation. I was told that the info provided by the parent and docs one time assessment was enough. SO..my point here is that nothing is scientifically proven or a sure thing...I am finding that many of the alternative methods for helping kids are being called fake or the docs being called quacks but those psychiatrists prescribing the meds don't know for sure what will help either and just experiment until they find the right cocktail of drugs to mask the symptoms. While I do believe some kids are severe enough to require the medication, many just need extra help, coping skills etc and no one seems to want to help. My husband and I have reached out and keep getting smacked w/ the solution to medicate her. Insurance is quick to cover anything that has to do w/ medication ie. that school, but will not cover alternative companies to help the kids...why???? MONEY!!!! The doctors and insurance get paid by the drug manufacturers to prescribe these meds. That is probably why that school won't take my daughter unless they are allowed to medicate her..because they get paid to do so..and the insurance probably won't cover her to attend there unless drug companies are involved. THAT IS WHY doctors do not recommend alternative methods....We as parents have to go out and find them ourselves and the alternative groups such as this one have to announce their services as advertisements. BUT so do the drug companies...look in a magazines geared towards parents/children and you will find ads for drug cures for your kids. It is ALL one big experiment. I am choosing to use the methods that will possibly help change my daughters brain for the better and not cause future harm and side affects which will only be met w/ more meds to counter those symptoms. For the parents who choose medication...to each his own and you are doing what you feel is best for your own child just please do your research first. For now, this is where I am w/ my family's journey through this minefield (what if feels like).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Martich

    If you can get past the Marketing of his Brain Balance Centers it's very good, logical information. I took my child to the center and went through the program. It has made a world of difference! Brain Balance works.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    I picked this book up at the library the other day while looking for something else. I've skimmed it and have not found anything in it that would merit a closer read. There are a ton of checklists and preliminary home diagnostic things but not so much on the treatment side. It is kind of a sales pitch for his treatment center, more than anything else. I'm sure it's helpful for someone out there somewhere, but the preliminary checklists made me conclude that this isn't what we're looking for. Als I picked this book up at the library the other day while looking for something else. I've skimmed it and have not found anything in it that would merit a closer read. There are a ton of checklists and preliminary home diagnostic things but not so much on the treatment side. It is kind of a sales pitch for his treatment center, more than anything else. I'm sure it's helpful for someone out there somewhere, but the preliminary checklists made me conclude that this isn't what we're looking for. Also, the dietary advice seems difficult to implement and self-contradictory. Why bother eliminating all that sugar if you're just going to give the kids sugar again in the form of fruit juice? The other ADHD-related book I picked up seemed even less substantive.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    There's some good stuff in here about motivation, the role of diet in development and behavior, the mind-body connection, the idea of achieving balance, etc., but, sadly, most of this book was salesy and repetitive.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    When I started reading this book, it appeared really promising. I absolutely agree with the author about our ever changing brain and its functions.I was quite fascinated when he went in depth about how most of our kids with neurological disorders are either right brained or left brained,how the dominant side goes into overdrive to compensate for the underdeveloped side which results in the child's atypical behaviours and challenges.I was pretty much hooked, ready to recommend it to anyone and ev When I started reading this book, it appeared really promising. I absolutely agree with the author about our ever changing brain and its functions.I was quite fascinated when he went in depth about how most of our kids with neurological disorders are either right brained or left brained,how the dominant side goes into overdrive to compensate for the underdeveloped side which results in the child's atypical behaviours and challenges.I was pretty much hooked, ready to recommend it to anyone and everyone.Then I got to the causes and the Brain Balance Program 'cure' and my hopes for the book started to diminish. First, the causes and reasons behind the imbalance in the brain.He talked about everything under the sun from obesity,bad diet,too much video games and TV,insufficent social interaction,inactivity and absent parenting which sounded alot like the ancient debunked "Refrigerator Mom" theory.Then there were the sporadic testimonials of people with only first names who apparently were cured from their neurological disorders after going through the Brain Balance Program within weeks and months.By this time, I was ready to dump the book but decided to finish it anyways and I did. I would still recommend it but just be beware that the author has quite cleverly inserted some truth and convincing and emotional stories to make it an interesting read. But it does boil down to the fact that it is basically a lengthy advertisement for his Brain Balance Program.For someone who is new and looking for answers,take it with a grain a salt.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I was intrigued by this book, and after reading some of the testimonials was hopeful-but after reading it I feel like Melillo is a medicine man selling snake oil. After researching found a lot of his claims aren't backed by legit science and studies. He proports that the major contributors to autism, ADHD, neurobehavioral disorders, anxiety, learning our behavior disorders, etc. are: Lack of physical exercise Overweight and obesity Absentee parenting Television and computer games Stressful pregnancie I was intrigued by this book, and after reading some of the testimonials was hopeful-but after reading it I feel like Melillo is a medicine man selling snake oil. After researching found a lot of his claims aren't backed by legit science and studies. He proports that the major contributors to autism, ADHD, neurobehavioral disorders, anxiety, learning our behavior disorders, etc. are: Lack of physical exercise Overweight and obesity Absentee parenting Television and computer games Stressful pregnancies and births Stressful lifestyles Environmental toxins Inadequate nutrition This list is a list of scapegoats in my experience. As a parent who has been trying many things to help some of my special needs kids, I was a bit offended. For example-one son of ours is extremely physically active, is not obese, has a traditional family, and a stay at home mom, has limits on TV and computer, and we try to offer and feed him healthy foods. And he still has problems! I feel bad for parents to read this and blame themselves or their lifestyles for their children's neurological disorders. Also, the testimonials and book were heavily promoting his brain balance centers around the country. Not a fan.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Don

    This program WORKS! We started doing these at home with our son and saw real measurable results. After seeing this progress we decided to do the official program at a brain balance center. 1 month into the brain balance program we were able to take our son off his ADHD medicine. We just finished the program and we are seeing days where our son is a completely normal child unlike we have ever seen him. He still has all of the special things that make him unique but he is in control of himself now This program WORKS! We started doing these at home with our son and saw real measurable results. After seeing this progress we decided to do the official program at a brain balance center. 1 month into the brain balance program we were able to take our son off his ADHD medicine. We just finished the program and we are seeing days where our son is a completely normal child unlike we have ever seen him. He still has all of the special things that make him unique but he is in control of himself now and we are all much happier including him. I recommend reading this book and trying the exercises at home and see for yourself. Then if you can afford it do the official program because they have much more capabilities that you can do by yourself at your house. But starting the program at home will give you a head start and make the official program that much more effective. And be sure to follow the diet too that is critical to success. This program really works we have seen the results in our son.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Binning

    Fantastic! This book arms the reader with essential information to start the Melillo At-Home Brain Balance Program. It coins an umbrella label of Functional Disconnection Syndrome to a whole spectrum of behavior and learning disabilities. The author states that these disabilities are a result of an imbalance in the developing brain; the symptoms vary on the side of the brain that is growing too fast or too slow. The author also states that this is not a disease in which the brain is damaged rath Fantastic! This book arms the reader with essential information to start the Melillo At-Home Brain Balance Program. It coins an umbrella label of Functional Disconnection Syndrome to a whole spectrum of behavior and learning disabilities. The author states that these disabilities are a result of an imbalance in the developing brain; the symptoms vary on the side of the brain that is growing too fast or too slow. The author also states that this is not a disease in which the brain is damaged rather it is an environmentally caused dysfunction that can be corrected through sensory-motor and academic exercises and a change in diet. Testimonies from families and children are included. Truly amazing!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Purl Scout

    i tried to keep an open mind, i really and truly did. the skeptic in me cannot seem to buy what dr. melillo is selling. if this really was the CURE for the numerous and varied developmental delays, behavioral issues, mental illnesses, and disabilities the program claims to be then what robert merillo touts would be standard practice. it isn't though, because his program is not a cure for anything. sure, it might alleviate some symptoms or foster better understanding by caregivers of affected chi i tried to keep an open mind, i really and truly did. the skeptic in me cannot seem to buy what dr. melillo is selling. if this really was the CURE for the numerous and varied developmental delays, behavioral issues, mental illnesses, and disabilities the program claims to be then what robert merillo touts would be standard practice. it isn't though, because his program is not a cure for anything. sure, it might alleviate some symptoms or foster better understanding by caregivers of affected children, and could be used as a component of multi-faceted treatment plans, but it damn sure can't cure autism or the host of other childhood afflictions it claims to cure.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    There was loads and loads of information in this, which makes some sense to me. However, I was hoping to find some strategies that I could use with my students and these really were far too intimate for use in a teaching environment, with older teenagers who are very aware of their need for personal space. I think there's a lot of merit in what was being suggested, but I really hoped there were going to be some simplistic measures that I could use to see some slight improvements and that I could There was loads and loads of information in this, which makes some sense to me. However, I was hoping to find some strategies that I could use with my students and these really were far too intimate for use in a teaching environment, with older teenagers who are very aware of their need for personal space. I think there's a lot of merit in what was being suggested, but I really hoped there were going to be some simplistic measures that I could use to see some slight improvements and that I could then follow up with the students' parents if appropriate.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna Clark-stromatt

    I found it rather insightful and agree with others in respect of it being somewhat contradictory to scientific data pertaining to autism in particular. However, that being said... It does offer up some good techniques and advice. As one whom works closely with a teen struggling through these challenges... I feel that each person can only apply a small percentage of the techniques learned as every home, place of work, etc, presents a varied element.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Reads much like an infomercial for the Brain Balance program. No new information, mostly just a mash up of other existing things. I've got a client who is going through the 12 week program right now so I'm trying not to pass judgment until she is finished. Right now I'm very skeptical that it will be worth the out of pocket expense.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    So conflicted and torn about this book. Meant for parents with older kids with processing disorders. And some of it I absolutely can't get behind. But other parts were interesting and the exercises were great because who doesn't love a proferred solution to a problem.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alison Buchter

    a MUST read for anyone considering the program. within the first 5 chapters you will know if it's for "you" or not. what would it hurt, it's only 5 chapters and it was a good match for my needs~ very informative and no ill side effects :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Goleta

    Read for my Extended Essay...some interesting ideas.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Visit his website at. Www.brainbalabcecenter.com Visit his website at. Www.brainbalabcecenter.com

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Mcbain

    Shonky book with very little substance. Only for the desperate parent. Couldn't really believe in the theories Sad.

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