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"When his father died of a suicide, his behavior went from bad to worse," Teri Jerome said. "He was very difficult and didn't like to follow directions. He liked to shout out answers at school and when he wouldn't listen the teachers got angry."
Queens native Kobe Grant, 8, has a similar story of hardship and struggle. He, too, has been diagnosed with ADHD.
But the sudden suicide of her husband was not the Bristol resident's only problem. A year later, her son of the same name was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
"When I got to India I just sort of came to a head. They don't of course have any mental hospitals there; they treat people with mental illness like any other member of the community. I thought, 'That makes sense to me.' Rather than Nike Sb Hoodie Boys
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Back then was the 1990s, when "most parents were more than willing to give children medication, especially if the school was recommending it. Well, times have changed a lot since then and parents have become more educated about these medications, the side effects of these medications. And generally, I think parents are more reluctant to put their child on medications. They want other approaches."
The most unique aspect of Reynolds' work is that he never uses medication.
"I've never been a big proponent of medications," Reynolds said. "I've always felt that medications ought to be the treatment of last resort, not the first thing that you give a child. And back then that was not such a popular position."
The evaluation categorized Grant to have a mild non verbal learning disorder and recommended that he be put on medication. A New York based neurologist prescribed him a series of pills with the promise that they would help him focus and excel in the classroom.
commit suicide. He left his ring and watch in their usual spot on the table and got into his prized Cadillac for which he had paid nearly $19,000. Jerome drove from his house to his previous property across the street where he took several pills to relax himself but not before e mailing a suicide note to his wife.
"Dr. Sterman was a cat researcher. He had been experimenting to see how he could shape cat behavior," Reynolds said. "One of the things that he did was train cats to press a lever. If they pressed a lever they get a little milk mixture milk and chicken broth. And the idea was to train them to press the lever. Each time they'd press the lever, they'd get the milk."
"And then just for laughs, he said, 'Let me see if I can teach this cat to produce a certain kind of brain wave.' It's a calming kind of brain wave. And what he said was, every time this cat produced this particular kind of brain wave, then he would stimulate the cat's pleasure center. So, in other words, he would be encouraging the cat's brain to produce this particular brain wave. Sure enough it happens."
Large crimson fire trucks and a swarm of police cars lined the pavement, creating a kind of barrier between Derek and his old garage across the street. Everything was chaos: the swift movement of the officers, the grinding teeth of the garage door, the deafening noise of sobs in the distance as a charred body was discovered slumped inside the car his father's body.
At the age of 7, Grant's mother, Sara Goethals, started getting constant complaints from her son's teachers.
Dr. Reynolds, a clinical psychologist at Middletown's Connecticut Educational Services, is known for his unique approach to treating child and adult patients suffering from severe forms of ADHD. He also treats 6 year old Jerome.
"I was so angry at him," Teri Jerome said. "Here he left me with a 6 year old and a baby. All by myself. How can you be that selfish?"
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And that is exactly what Dr. Reynolds has given them.
the Clinic of Last Resort because oftentimes this is the situation parents are desperate," Reynolds said. "They're at their wits end, they don't know what else to do. Finally, they start getting help in ways that they've never gotten help before. That's one of the reasons that I do this work, it's so rewarding."
At his clinic, Reynolds offers a whole host of techniques to help individuals, parents and teachers better understand and cope with, and, in some cases, cure incredibly severe behavioral or psychological problems by way of coaching and neurofeedback training making the brain function at its maximum potential.
"Here was my son. He went from being an independent 8 year old tying his shoes and dressing himself to me holding him up as we walked down the street because his tics were so bad he was tripping over himself and falling," Goethals said.
"Last year he was in a mainstream public school," Goethals said. "He was failing almost all his classes. He was have a really hard year so I took him to get a psychological evaluation."
Derek's grandmother was babysitting him and his 6 month old baby brother when she heard the sound of sirens. Together, the duo ran outside to see what had happened. They had been outside for only a few moments before Derek's grandmother frantically ushered him back inside the house.
Fast forward to 1978, when Reynolds was selected as a laboratory assistant for Dr. Barry Sterman at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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"He removed their scalps and the skull and put electrodes on the brain that basically stimulated the pleasure centers of the brain," Reynolds said. "Now, the cat would do something he wanted him to do and he would stimulate the pleasure center of the brain with the electrode and the cat would be awarded for that."
Together, Sterman and Reynolds increased the difficulty of skills the cats would need to use in order to get the milk mixture. Then Sterman became interested in the way the cats' brains worked.
ostracize them or stick them in, you know, some kind of hovel. So I decided to come back to this country and figure out how I could this interest into a career."
When his wife found him almost eight hours later, the face she once loved was burnt beyond recognition.
It wasn't until a freshly graduated Reynolds had taken a trip to India that he realized he wanted to help people.
The Middletown Press 7.29.10 Clinical psychologist Dr. Robert Reynolds, monitors electrode impulses produced by Derek Jerome, 8, of Bristol during a Neurofeedback session at Connecticut Educational Services. Neurofeedback is used to treat conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder , learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, central auditory processing deficits, emotional and behavioral disorders, central auditory processing deficits as well as emotional and behavioral disorders.
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