Disconnected Kids: by Robert Melillo

Kathy Johnson, who has a blog, www.pyramidofpotential.com/blog , recently posted a blog on this book:  Disconnected Kids:  by Robert Melillo. It sounds interesting and I thought my readers might like to explore .  Here is what she says:

Ms. Johnson states she hasn’t  read the entire book cover to cover, but is impressed with what she has seen so far. Dr. Melillo uses three basic pathways to helping children with various neurological disorders, using his Brain Balance program. He focuses on nutrition, sensory-motor improvements, and hemispheric balance. Part 1 is about his theories, brain development, and general information about identifying the cause of “Functional Disconnection Syndrome” or FDS as he calls it.

Part 2 is where I was impressed. There are descriptions of  extensive testing routines followed by exact directions as to how to work at home with your child to correct what was identified. There are exercises taken from vision therapy, listening therapy, as well as vestibular, tactile, and aerobic exercises. There are academic exercises for reading, comprehension, and math. Finally, there is a long chapter on nutrition, something I consider at the heart of brain health. Many suggestions are given, as well as foods that essential to a healthy brain diet. Not surprisingly, he suggests testing for sensitivities, altering the diet as necessary, and supplementing with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and digestive enzymes.

I was able to get this book from my local library, so you could “check it out” too if you want, without spending the $15.95. But it’s worth the investment if you want to see other programs that seem to be working well for those with learning disabilities.


  1. charles on October 18, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Thank you for giving this review. Every new idea towards a healthy and natural solution to ADHD and other conditions like dyslexia is refreshing. These conditions are complex and need an individual and intuitive approach. Robert Melillo’s ideas are new to me and I will enjoy taking a look at his approach.

  2. Ann Farris on January 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Charles: I am sorry to be so long in replying to your comment. I am still learning the technology around a blog and plainly didn’t realize I need to look for comments. If you bought Robert Melillo’s book, I would be interested to know whether you found it useful. All the best.

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