Dr. Robert J. Melillo
Reinvent Your Practice with this Life-changing Course!
Join Dr. Robert Melillo of IAFNR for an educational course surrounding research and functional neurology initiatives.
- Includes a heavy emphasis on functional medicine.
- Discussion expands to how childhood developmental issues are directly related to most of your adult patient population.
- Hear first hand from a practicing clinician for 25 years, a university professor, brain researcher, best selling author, radio and TV host about life and business practices that will help you get explosive growth and success in your business, health, wealth and relationships!
- Learn how you too incorporate this into your practice and sustain a huge increase in cash flow and help children which is so rewarding!
Watch & Learn
In this video from the IAFNR 7th Annual Functional Neurology Conference, Dr. Robert Melillo assesses for retained primitive reflexes and other signs of brain imbalance giving you a glimpse into this amazing course!
Please note that for Module 1, we will NOT have a separate camera on the slides, therefore we advise that you download the notes package or use a second computer or tablet to follow the slides with the program! Thank you.
About 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 mental, attention, behavioral and learning disorders. He is also and expert in diet, nutrition and neuroimmune disorders in children and adults.
"Whether ADHD, autism, dyslexia or any number of neurobehavioral disorders affecting children, it is clear that what finally manifests represents the conspiracy of multiple events. As such, pursuing a multifaceted therapeutic approach as has been so deftly presented by Dr. Melillo offers up a welcome and efficacious contrast to the myopia engendered in pharmaceutical mono therapy."
--David Perlmutter, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers
“Dr. Robert Melillo is one of those rare individuals who can unravel the seemingly unsolvable mysteries of neurobehavioral development with wisdom, compassion, and vast perspective. His unique, groundbreaking, and research-based approach to improving brain function introduces the process of unlocking each child's potential.”
--Pamela D. Garcy, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Argosy University Dallas
"Clinically innovative and academically grounded...brings a refreshing, hopeful, and scientifically responsible approach to the field of childhood neurological disorders."
--Leslie Philipp Weiser, M.Ph., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
"Taking Dr Melillo's course changed my entire practice and the focus of my professional life. I found a new passion and have developed a great understanding of treating children with these disorders and I cannot recommend it highly enough"
--L.P., Student of the Course
The detail in which Dr Melillo's course went into was phenomenal. The information was presented in a such a clear and detailed way that it was easy to understand and able to answer so many questions. The information I learned completely changed the path of my practice and opened it up to a whole new patient base with has more than doubled my income."
--B.V., Student of the Course
"After taking the Neurobehavioral in Childhood Disorders Course, I feel so comfortable and excited to grow this part of my practice. Information was also given that I used in other parts of my practice that have allowed me to truly change the way that I treat patients and the symptoms I am comfortable treating. I am grateful to Dr Melillo for the huge way he has impacted the rest of my life with this course."
--M.M., Student of the Course
"A MUST course for professional to take who wants to treat children or adolescents. Cannot describe the immense knowledge I have gained through it."
--P.S., Student of the Course
"After practicing for 10+ years and taking dozens of courses, this information was truly something new that I can utilize everyday even with many adult patients. I found it very helpful and truly can take my treatment of patients to the next level."
--J.G., Student of the Course
"Dr. Melillo's course allowed me to have a whole new understanding of treating patients. It gives such a new approach to treatment of adults and children and gave me a new perspective on the diagnosis of all patients. The immunology and nutrition information was new and detailed and also applicable to all of my patients to use."
--B.B., Student of the Course
About the Course
Childhood Developmental Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders Certification Course:
New Program of 10 Total Modules
Module 1: Physical Exam for the Newborn & Infant:
Introduction to childhood neurobehavioral disorders examining the newborn, child and adolescent
Module 2: ADHD, OCD, Tourette's I:
This course is designed to introduce the learner to Hyperkinetic Disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders andTourette’s Syndrome. We review comorbidity, epidemiology and prevalence. We review the physical examination of a child and adolescent. We review the motor and sensory milestones in normal child development. We review primitive and postural reflex evaluations and remediation exercises .We will review in detail the neurology of the basal Ganglia and its relationship to hyper and hypokinetic movement and behavior. We review the relationship between direct, indirect and Hyper-direct pathways, dopaminergic pathways and the interaction with the Prefrontal Cortex and the frontal lobe. There will be a practicum where all learners will demonstrate the primitive and postural reflex tests and the remediation exercises. We will also present various live and videotaped cases of children with ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s and discuss as a group the various treatment options.
Module 3: ADHD, OCD, Tourette's II:
In this course we review the development and anatomy of the cerebral cortex. We review the history of brain asymmetry, as well as the phylogenetic development of the brain and the evolution of the human brain. We review the anatomy and function of the lobes of the brain. We discusses the executive functions of the prefrontal cortex. We review the emotional regulation of the brain and the role of the right and left hemispheres in emotional regulation. We review cognitive and academic testing and remediation. We also discuss the relationship between ADHD and other hyperkinetic disorders OCD, Tourette’s syndrome. We discuss the use of various cortical based stimuli and cognitive skill exercises. The course ends with a practicum of various cognitive skill exercises. We will also present various live and videotaped cases of children with ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s and discuss as a group the various treatment options.
Module 4: Autism
In this course we review the increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD and other disorders that make up Autism Spectrum Disorders. We review the use of the DSM IV of the diagnostic criteria including behavioral checklists and history. We discuss in detail the concepts of epigenetics and environmental factors and their role in ASD. We discuss the idea of genetic predisposition and an Autism trait and how this relates to cognitive style and hemispheric dominance. We discuss functional disconnection syndrome and its relationship to the symptoms of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We discuss the use of sensory, motor and cognitive based stimulation to remediate ASD. We also discuss the role of the insula cortex and its effect of smell, taste and interoception and metacognition. We will conduct a practicum with demonstration and review of all primitive and postural reflex testing and remediation exercises as they specifically relate to Autistic Spectrum disorders. We also do a specific hands on protocol for dealing with very young, and or low functioning children. We discuss other treatments and theories of autism and an extensive review of the literature. We will also present various live and video taped cases of autistic children and discuss as a group the various treatment options.
Module 5: Autism II
In this course we continue to review the increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD and other disorders that make up Autism Spectrum Disorders. We review diagnostic criteria including behavioral checklists and history and review concepts of epigenetics and environmental factors and their roles. We will review functional disconnection syndrome and its relationship to the symptoms of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and continue to learn about sensory, motor and cognitive based stimulation to remediate ASD. Practical workshop skills will be taught regarding treatment and therapy modalities and remediation exercises as they specifically relate to Autistic Spectrum disorders. Pre-conception ASD will be discussed, nutritional recommendations, consideration and testing will also be discussed along with food allergies and casual relationship to ASD. This is a continuation from Module 4 of Autism and will tie in with many of the concepts and research presented during that module as well.
Module 6: Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities Part I
In this course we discuss the epidemiology, prevalence and neurophysiology of Dyslexia, reading disorders, processing disorders and Learning Disabilities. We especially focus on the evolution, development, neurophysiology and function of the cerebellum and brain stem. We review the various theories of Dyslexia and treatment approaches. We review the relationship of Dyslexia to left hemisphere function and dysfunction. We discuss the relationship between the dorsal and ventral cortical systems for vision and hearing. We discuss the use of light and sound therapeutically and the relationship of the right and left hemisphere in word reading vs reading compensation. We review standardized testing .We conduct a practicum where we review specific primitive and postural reflexes that are believed to be associated with Dyslexia and learning disabilities. Most importantly we will conduct a specific hands on practicum know as Learning Disabilities Simulation Training. In this practicum we will take several members of the class and have them take part in various activities that will literally allow them to experience first hand what it feels like to have various disabilities such as dyslexia, auditory and visual processing disorders, sensory tactile deficits, visual – motor integration problems etc. We will use this also to reinforce the major issues and disabilities that are addressed in schools and in education. All together this Learning Disabilities Simulation is one of the most powerful experiences learners will ever experience in this area and it is one they will never forget. We will also present various live and videotaped cases of Dyslexic and learning disabled children and discuss as a group the various treatment options.
Module 7: Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities Part II
We will continue to focus on the vast amount of learning information, research, treatment and therapies associated with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities. These two modules have a lot of hands on techniques that will be demonstrated and used during the module. Live cases will be examined and brought into the class for an even more exciting learning experience.
MODULE 8: Behavioral and Attachment Considerations in Neurobehavioral disorders in Childhood
We will describe in detail the neurology of behavior, emotion, attachment and personality development. The learner will also personally experience powerful personal positive psychology principles and motivational techniques to use personally and professionally. Learners will understand the neurological and hemispheric considerations in Behavior and Attachment Theory in both children and adults from the inside out. We will be going in depth for the functional of all layers of the brain and also covering the brain and immune axis. We will then move into family rules, values and goals and design implementation for a positive program. We will also review in detail and discuss the social engagement system. This module will apply to both adults and children and can be used in every day practice for every professional.
MODULE 9: Nutrition and Immune for Children
In this course we review basic dietary needs and normal growth and developmental charts. We discuss the evolutionary development of human diet and digestive function and its relationship to brain growth. We review neurophysiology of the taste, smell, digestive systems. We also review the neurophysiology of the autonomic and nervous system and their relationship to central neurological control mechanisms. We discuss the use of standardized blood testing and a basic review of immunology. We discuss the role of lymphocytes and the difference between Th-1 or T cell and Th-2 or B cell mediated immune responses. We discuss the differences between the five types of human antibodies and their role in various types of food and chemical sensitivities. We discuss cytokines and their role in inflammation. We discuss the stress response and the relationship to the hypothalamic, pituitary and adrenal access. We review detoxification pathways. We discuss food aversions, gut dysfunction and the relationship between right and left hemisphere regulation of gut and interoceptive function. We discuss food elimination diets and food challenges. We review the testing and use of various vitamin, mineral, and amino acid supplements in neurobehavioral disorders. We will discuss in detail PANDAS, PANS and the neuroimmunolgy, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders and their relationship to hemispheric development. We will also present various live and videotaped cases of autistic children and discuss as a group the various treatment options.
MODULE 10: Adjusting Techniques and Practical Application Tools to Bring It All Together!
This final module of the Childhood Developmental Disabilities Course to bring it all together. We will go over adjusting techniques and uses for children in depth. In addition we will cover practical application tools and techniques and have lots of hands-on time during this module. This will be the final module and we will bring it all together and prepare for the certification testing by the International Board of Functional Neurology as well.
Cost: $600 per module for IAFNR Members or $900 per module for non IAFNR Members and $195 for Students.
Recommended Reading List before course start
Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood: An Evolutionary Perspective
Dr. Robert Melillo's textbook
Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders
By Robert Melillo
Reconnected Kids: Help Your Child Achieve Physical, Mental, and Emotional Balance
By Robert Melillo
Autism: The Scientific Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Autism SpectrumDisorders--and What Parents Can Do Now
By Robert Melillo
Functional Neurology for Practitioners of Manual Medicine, 2 edition
by Randy W. Beck