Autism, a once uncommon disorder, is now as prevalent as one in 88 children according to Autism Speaks. Today’s prospective parents can’t avoid asking, “What is autism? Is it genetic? What if my child is diagnosed with it?”
These are questions I asked myself because my older brother is autistic. From a quick Google search, I came across a book called Autism: The Scientific Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders—and What Parents Can Do Now.
Leslie Philipp Weiser, MPh, PhD, Harvard Medical School, calls Dr. Robert Melillo’s work “Clinically innovative and academically grounded.” The book addresses everything its title includes: what parents can do to ensure the best odds for their children, the indicators that your child could be autistic, and how to help them maximize their potential.
Dr. Robert Melillo has traveled the world giving speeches to families and treating children with autism, delivering hope and results.
For so long I thought that it would take a miracle for my brother to improve his social and motor skills. Though so much is not understood about the disorder, Dr. Robert Melillo has found ways to help autistic children minimize, or in some cases, completely eradicate their symptoms.
From diet to stress, Dr. Melillo tells us that there are numerous risk factors that correlate with autism diagnoses. In his book, he not only names what to avoid, but also includes how to promote your child’s brain health—before, during, and after pregnancy. It is a must read for anyone who is considering having children.
A number of reviews on Goodreads criticize Dr. Melillo’s confident tone regarding a topic that so little is known about. However, prospective parents want to know about autism research and its findings. As Dr. Melillo puts it, parents have a “right” to this information to give their children the best chance at a balanced brain.
Though we don’t have a single, fix-all cure for autism (yet), we have expert advice that we can apply for a more informed and healthier tomorrow, and it is captured in Dr. Melillo’s latest book.