Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses are continuing to increase with nearly 10.4 million diagnoses in 2010. With the rising epidemic of ADHD, more children are being prescribed medications like Ritalin to reduce symptoms of ADHD. But masking the symptoms with medicine fails to address the root of the issue: brain imbalances. Dr. Robert Melillo of the Brain Balance Achievement Centers explains how a brain imbalance can be treated with simple physical, sensory and academic exercises.
“We now know that virtually all of the conditions that 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 the left hemispheres of the brain. This is referred to as Functional Disconnection Syndrome (FDS),” said Melillo.
In order for the brain to function normally, the right and the left hemispheres must work in harmony. When out of sync and certain functions do not stay in rhythm, the entire hemisphere can be off-key, which results in the other side tuning it out. In turn, FDS occurs and children often seem socially and emotionally disconnected from their world, displaying symptoms like poor posture and the lack of coordination.
With FDS, the issues can be fixed by strengthening the weak side of the brain to catch up to the stronger areas, thus reconnecting hemispheres and getting back into a normal rhythm. “While many parents or teachers want to emphasize the strong side, this accentuates the issue when really the dysfunctional side should be exercised,” Melillo continued. “Parents and doctors can assess which side of the brain is weaker and implement simple exercises that soothe and strengthen the brain for a medication free program.”
One way to strengthen a brain imbalance is by simply positioning the child to better receive information to their weaker hemisphere, especially at school. Because information that is received through the right half of both eyes is processed in the left hemisphere, and vice versa, a child with a weaker left hemisphere should sit so their right half of both eyes faces the front of the classroom. This helps the weaker hemisphere receive more information and in turn builds strength to balance the hemispheres.
Dr. Robert Melillo is an internationally known lecturer, author, educator, researcher and clinician specializing in the areas of neurology, rehabilitation, neuropsychology and neurobehavioral disorders in children.