I just finished a fascinating and hopeful book called Disconnected Kids, by Dr. Robert Melillo. He shares in this easy-to-read book that conditions presenting as neurologically based — autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS, ADHD, dyslexia, OCD, and ODD — show striking similarities in brain diagnostic imaging. He asserts that all of these conditions, which adversely affect behavior and learning are actually related to one problem: an imbalance of electrical activity between areas of the brain, especially the right and left hemispheres. Dr. Melillo calls this imbalance FUNCTIONAL DISCONNECTION SYNDROME (FDS).
Because FDS isn’t typically due to an injury to the brain, the disconnection can be fixed by brain-balancing, which is a non-invasive, drug-free, at-home exercise therapy that is based on the neuroplasticity of the brain.
This book helps parents determine if their child is right-brain or left-brain dominant, and then suggests at-home exercises to strengthen the deficient area(s) to balance the electrical activity. High-functioning autistic children, like my son Corban, are typically right-brain deficient with enhanced left-brain skill. My goal over the next 90 days is to work with the suggested exercises in the book to strengthen his brain’s right-hemisphere. I’ll keep you posted!