Dr. Robert Melillo discusses the importance of language and verbal development and the corresponding milestones in his book Disconnected Kids. A delay in these milestones can offer cues as to whether a child has functional disconnection syndrome, a disconnection between the left and right sides of the developing brain and his proposed cause of disorders such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
After several conversations with the staff at Brain Balance we decided to have Matthew evaluated. The only problem was the center was outside of Atlanta and we lived in Leawood, Kansas. However, we were intrigued by the new hemispheric brain theories that Brain Balance talked about. We knew this was going to work for Matthew and decided to begin our first session of “Pre-Brain Balance” in June 2008 in Peachtree City. The decision to relocate, temporarily, for this program was not as difficult as you might think. Let me give you some background on why.
Max is an 8-year-old boy who has been diagnosed as a high-functioning autistic kid, someone with significant delays in speech & language development, and even auditory processing issues. We’ve had him evaluated and tested more than any kid should ever have to put up with. Luckily we were able to recognize some of his challenges at a young age, and through early intervention we’ve had him enrolled in speech therapy and other language services. While that has proved to be a benefit, we haven’t seen improvements and strides like we have in the past 12 weeks like we have with Brain Balance.