Love To Know, an information website for women, recently interviewed Dr. Robert Melillo, creator of the Brain Balance Program, about how and why the program works. Dr. Robert Melillo is an internationally known lecturer, author, researcher, and clinician in the areas of neurology and childhood neuro-behavioral disorders. Click here to read the interview in its entirety and enjoy an excerpt below:
Love To Know: How do brain-based autism treatments differ from traditional autism treatments?
Dr. Robert Melillo: Most traditional treatments are not directed at correcting a problem in the brain. Most of the therapies and programs attempt to improve a particular skill, whether that is academic, motor, and sensory processing, or behavioral. They are typically dealing with a piece of the puzzle and they are just trying to improve that one skill, never really asking why is that skill deficient and what does it have in common with all of the other skills that are deficient.
Our approach actually recognizes that ALL of the symptoms of autism are produced by the brain, not just academic, cognitive, behavioral, social or emotional problems, but all of the metabolic issues as well. The brain controls everything; it controls the digestive system and the immune system. It controls the body’s ability to fight off infections and to clear toxins from the body. In this scenario, the brain causes all of these problems first and then they also have a negative effect on the brain as well contributing to the severity of the problem.
We also realize that a child’s brain is not the same as an adult brain. We have to build from the foundation up but all directed toward building the brain in a balanced way. In our program all of these problems need to be addressed but when we correct the primary problem in the brain all of these symptoms go away.”
The Brain Balance Program® is an individualized and comprehensive approach to helping children with neuro-behavioral disorders like high-functioning autism and ADHD surmount their unique challenges. Contact us today to learn how the program can help your child connect with success.