This is an excerpt from Dr. Robert Melillo’s book, “Disconnected Kids”. We had the pleasure of doing a mentorship with Dr. Melillo, and have based our online sensory & movement program on some of his work. Run out to order his book to understand more about the programming and how it improves connections in the brain.
Disconnected Kids are Different
CHILDREN with Functional Disconnection Syndrome (FDS) are different form other children because they feel different than other children.
They are disconnected from their bodies. Most children with FDS do not feel their own bodies very well. They have no sense of themselves in space or a sense of feeling grounded. They appear clumsy and uncoordinated and have poor timing and rhythm. They have poor or abnormal muscle tone, which is displayed through poor posture and/or an awkward gait. Their eye movement is not like other children’s. They may appear to be gazing into outer space or one eye may lack normal movement (what we call lazy eye.).
They are disconnected from their senses. Most children with FDS do not fully experience all five sense – sight, hearing touch, taste, and smell– which teach normal children to relate to and interact within the world. Many of these children cannot use more than one sense at a time. When they are forced to use multiple senses together, they become overwhelmed. They become easily distracted by anything they see, hear, or feel, which makes it impossible for them to focus. As a result, they become like slaves to their own environment.
They are socially and emotionally disconnected. Children who can’t feel their own body movement cannot intuit the connection between movement and feelings. They can’t interpret facial expressions or the tones in a voice that tell them what another person is thinking. Where others express emotion, they may remain stone-faced. This leads to social and emotional disconnection from others, making it very hard or even impossible to develop friendship or relationships with others. ”
His program also offers a myriad of research. Listen to this study:
“One of the first studies, published in the International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, followed sixty randomly selected kids who were enrolled in Brain Balance after being independently diagnosed with ADHD. The children went through the three-month multimodal program focused on stimulating the right side of the brain. At the end of the study all the kids showed improvement in more than one area of deficiency, and 85 % showed statistically significant improvement in multiple deficit areas…. 82% of them were no longer considered AHDHD based on standardized testing criteria.”
If you are someone you know recognizes these symptoms in a child, please refer them to Dr. Melillo’s book, and/or find a qualified practitioner who mentored with him for further testing and treatment.