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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Reconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo (book review)

Reconnected Kids: Help Your Child Achieve Physical, Mental and Emotional Balance is a new book written by Dr. Robert Melillo, creator and cofounder of Brain Balance Centers.  It is a guide that helps parents to understand the mental, physical and emotional states that their children are at or should be at or nearing for their age.  The goal of the book is to help parents understand and be able to help the child change unwanted or negative issues without the use of medication, anger or drama.

I found a lot of the information in the book to be very accurate, although I would not say that the book is written to the average reader.  I can easily see this book being made into a workshop and EXPLAINED to parents.  The average parent these days seems to be blue collar and without a high degree of education, especially not one of psychology.

My favorite section of the book was the chapter entitled "Behavior."  In this chapter, the author broke down behavior/emotional traits, physical traits and cognitive traits by age.  My daughter is 5, however I did not recognize many of the traits as being characteristic of her now.  She turned five in December.  So, I read the traits for a six year old and most of them were spot on!  For my three year old son, most things were accurate, but several were way off.  Of course, every child is different and special, so I'd assume they don't all fit into cookie cutter molds!

There was one section of the book that I think is very important to emphasize:

"Read, Read, Read!  The primary predictor of a child's reading ability and success in school is mostly related to one single factor: the amount of books found in the home!

As a parent, the best thing you can do to raise children with healthy brains is to encourage reading in your household.  Read books to them and with them and encourage them to read on their own.  Lead by example:  Pick up a book and let your kids see you reading.  If you never read a book, chances are your child won't either."

If you have questions about why your child acts the way they do, or if you are curious about how to help change certain behaviors, I'd definitely recommend this book.  If your child has extreme issues and you are at your wit's end, I suggest a professional.  This is not an answer to your prayers.

MOTR Grade: B

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