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

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  393 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Perigee Trade
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Dec 01, 2012 Roselover24 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 08, 2010 Kathy rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Scooping it Up
Jan 06, 2014 Scooping it Up rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy by: Jon
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.

Apr 21, 2013 Lydia rated it it was amazing
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.
Sean Kottke
Jan 19, 2012 Sean Kottke rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Allyn Sutton
Nov 03, 2012 Allyn Sutton rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2013 Laura added it
Shelves: 2013-books
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
Will Green
Apr 12, 2012 Will Green rated it it was amazing
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!
May 29, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Inspire Dheart
Dec 04, 2013 Inspire Dheart rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 19, 2010 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elizabeth Martich
Jun 17, 2011 Elizabeth Martich rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 25, 2016 Emily added it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
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.
Nov 08, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: asd-adhd
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 ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Don rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Eileen Binning
Jul 16, 2013 Eileen Binning rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
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 ...more
Purl Scout
Jul 10, 2013 Purl Scout rated it did not like it

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
Jun 06, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
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 ...more
Donna Clark-stromatt
Nov 08, 2012 Donna Clark-stromatt rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 25, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it
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.
Alison Buchter
Sep 06, 2012 Alison Buchter rated it really liked it
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 :)
Jun 18, 2012 Ron marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-to-find
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Jennifer Mcbain
Mar 07, 2013 Jennifer Mcbain rated it did not like it
Shonky book with very little substance. Only for the desperate parent. Couldn't really believe in the theories Sad.
Jul 20, 2011 Goleta rated it liked it
Read for my Extended Essay...some interesting ideas.
May 18, 2014 Autumn rated it it was ok
Pretty much everything we've learned going to OT.
Feb 17, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Good book that described my six year old daughter!
Mar 16, 2017 Bree rated it really liked it
A lot of this book really registered with me, though I didn't find everything to be applicable. I will definitely be applying many of the things I learned and would recommend the book to anyone who may have a child who struggles.
Mar 02, 2017 Nessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
Would have given 2 more stars if I had the PDF file. Not when u borrow book from library
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