Dr. Robert Melillo

One of the most respected specialists in childhood neurological disorders in America, Dr. Robert Melillo has been helping children overcome learning disabilities for over 20 years. His areas of expertise include: autism spectrum disorders, PDD/NOS, ADD/ADHD, OCD, dyslexia, Asperger's, Tourette's, bipolar disorder, and other attention, behavioral and learning disorders.

As a clinician for 25 years, a university professor, brain researcher and bestselling author, his cutting-edge research and success with over a thousand children in his private program are what led to the creation of Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Brain Balance Centers are cutting edge supplemental learning centers catering only to children with various learning disabilities. Brain Balance Centers use a multi-modal, hemispheric curriculum focused on addressing the primary issue in most learning disabilities and behavioral disorders which is known as a functional disconnection. Dr Melillo and his research partner Dr Gerry Leisman are considered two of the world's leading experts and pioneers in the area of functional disconnection and its relationship to neurobehavioral disorders. Since they introduced this concept, functional disconnection has become one the leading theories in the world related to Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and more. Their work is leading the way toward understanding the underlying nature of these disorders and their causes. Their lab is focused on developing effective treatments for these and other disorders.

In 2004, Dr. Melillo published Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood: An Evolutionary Perspective, a working theory textbook on developmental disabilities. However, it was Dr. Melillo's best-selling 2009 book, Disconnected Kids that catapulted him to national prominence. Greeted with overwhelming positive response, the thesis of that book serves as the foundation for the work being done at Brain Balance Centers around the country. Dr. Melillo's leadership in the field, as well as his personal dedication to the creation of a drug-free multi-modal educational program for children with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger's, and autism spectrum disorders, have made him one of the most sought-after speakers on the subject today, both in the U.S. and abroad.

His optimistic and straight-forward approach to overcoming childhood disorders has given hope to countless families throughout the world. His follow up book Reconnected Kids was released in 2011 and has also met with great success and has also been a best seller. This book was an inspirational book which also helped parents to understand and address behavioral issues in their child using cutting edge brain science. His most recent and third book published by Penguin is a book simply entitled Autism, but it is another groundbreaking publication that takes on some very controversial topics. This book which will be released in January 2013 addresses the causes of autism and whether in fact we are witnessing an epidemic and most importantly what are the environmental factors and genetic issues that increase the risk of a couple having a child with autism. He also has put together a cutting edge "preconception" program that he describes in the book to help to possibly prevent Autism and ADHD in a baby. He has a specialized practice in New York City where he works with children, and adults with ADHD and other neurological conditions. He is also working and conducting research on children with PANS, Pediatric acute neurological syndrome and PANDAS, which are neurological and immunological conditions that are poorly understood.

As well as overseeing the Brain Balance Centers, Dr. Melillo is currently heading up a group of international research labs as well acting as a post graduate professor where he has been teaching his theories and techniques to health professionals around the world . He is also serving as a curriculum consultant to Grammy Award winning musical artist Zac Brown, of the Zac Brown Band, who is creating his own special camp for children with disabilities and their families. Dr Melillo has also appeared in dozens of television interviews and appearances including "The Doctors Show" on CBS and he has frequently appeared on Fox News and NBC, as an expert commentator, he has also done several hundred radio interviews, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Melillo is an affiliate Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Nazareth Academic Institute and a Senior Research Fellow, with the The National Institute for Brain and Rehabilitation Sciences. He holds a Masters in Neuroscience, a Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation Neuropsychology, he is a PhD candidate, and he also holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic, a Diplomate in Neurology, Fellowship American College of Functional Neurology, Fellowship American Board Childhood Developmental Disabilities, former Associate Professor Functional Neuroanatomy Touro College, Professor Clinical Neurology and Childhood Developmental Disorders, Executive Director FR Carrick Research Institute and The Children's Autism Hope Project. He is the current President of the International Association Of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, as well as the Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal ,Functional Neurology , Rehabilitation And Ergonomics. He is also the author of the best selling books "Disconnected Kids" and "Reconnected Kids", as well as several texts and over 15 peer reviewed scientific papers. He is the Co-Founder of the Brain Balance Achievement Centers. His latest book "Autism Explained, What the Science Reveals About the Autism Epidemic -- How We Got Here, and What Parents Can Do Now", is expected to be released by Penguin Publishers in January 2013, and it is expected to be another Amazon Best Seller. He maintains a private practice in Manhattan and He lives in Rockville Centre, New York, with his wife Carolyn and their three children - Robby, Ellie, and Ty.
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