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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Autism Awareness


April is Autism Awareness Month(Ok, I know I’m late with this, but it’s great information!)

Raising awareness for autism-related disorders is now more crucial than ever, as a federally funded studies on autism recently revealed that around one in every 110 US children currently have an autism spectrum disorder (according to the National survey of Children’s Health). Autism Spectrum Disorders, such as ADHD, Dyslexia, and OCD have become staggeringly more prevalent in U.S. children (a 25% increase), making it a chief concern for parents nationwide.


Dr. Robert Melillo is an internationally known author, lecturer and researcher within the field of neurology, specializing in childhood disorders. His personal mission to find a cure for neurobehavioral disorders began after helping a child achieve life-altering behavioral improvements from their work together. He has since devoted himself to the study and treatment of learning disabilities and behavioral disorders in children, such as Autism, ADHD, and Asperger’s.  Dr. Melillo is the originator of the Brain Balance Program® and co-founder of the Brain Balance Centers. These ground breaking achievement centers help children with neurobehavioral deficits improve their academic, social and behavioral functions using a drug-free approach.  He is also the author of “Disconnected Kids” and  his NEW BOOK “Reconnected Kids” (available April 5th, 2011).  Some of his recent findings can be found in his study- Autism Spectrum Disorders as Functional Disorder Syndrome (Reviews in the Neurosciences, 2009).

Dr. Melillo is available to answer your questions on topics related to autism and Autism Awareness Month, such as:

•         What are possible causes of autism and what are indicators new parents should look out for?

•         What are treatment options to help children cope with autism and other autism spectrum disorders?

•         What are common misconceptions of autism spectrum disorders?

•         What are some activities my child can do on a regular basis to help them be more responsive?

•         Is a permanent reversal of the diagnosis possible?

In addition, Dr. Melillo is available to answer your questions on topics related to neurobehavioral disorders:

•         What makes Reconnected Kids different from other parenting guides?

•         What are common misconceptions of neurobehavioral disorders?

•         What are some activities my child can do on a regular basis to help them be more responsive?

•         Action  and Reinforcement Plans to get the entire family on board, on message, and united

•         Is a permanent reversal of the diagnosis possible?

Also, based off his new book, Reconnected Kids, here is a list of some sample family rules Dr. Melillo suggests for families with teens…

Post your rules in a place where everyone can see them. As the family grows, the rules can and should change.

1. Get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off .

2. Limit morning shower to five minutes. Make sure to use soap

and shampoo.

3. Get fully dressed—pants, shirt, socks, and shoes—before breakfast.

4. Eat a healthy breakfast; take vitamins.

5. Check backpack to make sure nothing is missing. Add lunch or

make sure you have lunch money.

6. Make sure all notes, permission slips, homework, tests, and so

on are signed before leaving the house.

7. Get to school on time and attend each class promptly.

8. Use school agenda to carefully, in detail, note all homework,

projects, and test dates.

9. Sit near the front in each class, be attentive and respectful, ask

questions, take detailed notes.

10. Do not leave school property at lunch without permission

from parents.

11. After school, go immediately to scheduled activity or go

directly home.

12. Eat a healthy snack after getting home and start homework.

There is no TV or computer time until all homework is done.

13. Homework is to be done at the kitchen table or in the library


14. No iPod, music, phone, social networking, or texting is allowed

while doing homework.

15. After homework is complete and checked by a parent, you can

have free time.

16. When weather is nice, free time must take place outdoors until

it starts to get dark or dinner is called.

17. Screen time—television, computer, video games—is limited to

one hour, fifteen minutes each weekday, and two and a half

hours per day on weekends. Extra screen time must be earned.

18. You can listen to music, but music with foul, explicit, or negative

language is off -limits anytime and anywhere.

19. There will be no cursing or inappropriate language used in the

house at any time.

20. There will be no inappropriate pictures, images, or language

on the family computer.

21. Come in for dinner immediately when called.

22. The family will eat together when possible. Each family member

will wait for everyone to be finished before getting up

from the table. Don’t ask to be excused without a good reason.

23. Prepare backpack and select the next day’s wardrobe before


24. Bedtime during the week is____, meaning lights out. Weekends

and holiday bedtime is____, unless extra time is earned.

25. No phone or texting after____ p.m.

26. There is no going out on a school night without permission .

Weekend and holiday curfew is____, meaning in the house.

No excuses!

27. No making expensive purchases or eating junk food without


28. Never borrow someone else’s belongings without permission.

29. If you damage property belonging to another family member

or the house, you will pay for replacement or repairs.

30. Treat and speak to others with respect.

31. Respect each other’s privacy.

32. Physically hitting another family member is never acceptable.

33. Fighting of any kind is never acceptable, unless it is to defend

yourself or a member of the family.

34. Treat others the way you would like to be treated; never speak

unkindly of others.

35. Always clean up after yourself. If you remove something you

must put it back and clean up any mess.

36. Study for at least two days before a test.

37. There is never a reason to get below a B+ on any test or in any

class or for any project.

38. If you need help, ask for it. You will get the help you need as

long as you are trying hard on your own.

39. All projects will be completed a day before they are due.

40. No using cell phone or texting during class.

41. No friends are permitted in the house without specific permission

when parents are not home.

42. Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs is absolutely forbidden.

43. No boyfriends or girlfriends are allowed in bedrooms, ever.

44. If alone in a room with opposite sex, lights must always be on.

45. Sunday night from 8:00 to 9:00 is family meeting hour. Nothing

else is scheduled during that time.

46. Every Sunday everyone will write an action plan for the week.

I was sent an e~copy of the book and I was amazed at the valuable information. There are suggestions that can help any parent!

~I received a product sample in order to write my review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are mine.

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