Childhood Developmental Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders Certification Course


Location: Barcelona College, Barcelona located in the SARRIA- SANT GERVASI area of Barcelona.

The school recommends these three hotels within walking distance of the school:

Course Dates:

Module 1: 16-18 February, 2018
Module 2: 13-15 April 2018
Module 3: 01-03 June 2018
Module 4: 13-15 July 2018
Module 5: 24-26 August 2018
Module 6: 5-7 October 2018 (Please Note Location Change!**)
Module 7: 7-9 December 2018

Course Cost:

IAFNR Members: $850 per module. Last chance registration discount now available. Register today for only $700 per module!!

Non-Members: $900 per module

Students: $250 per module for Active students (unlicensed in profession) only

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**The October class has a new location! NH HESPERIA BARCELONA PRESIDENTE Avda Diagonal 570 | 08021 Barcelona | SPAIN. A block of rooms has been set aside at a discounted rate. To make a reservation, please contact:


Live Stream of USA Version of the Course is also available!

About the Course

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 and Tourette’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: Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities

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 6: Nutrition and Immune for Children:

In this course we review basic dietary needs and normal growth and development al 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 enteric 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 dybiosis 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 neuro-immunolgy, 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 7: 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. This will be a life changing experience for all participants.


 Important Information

  • The class hours for all modules will be Friday and Saturday 09.00 – 17.00 and Sunday 09.00 – 15.00
  • In total 25 class hours per weekend
  • Continuing Education credits have been applied for – more information on this available soon.

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

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