Posts tagged #Miller

How can you boost your child's emotional IQ?

Five tips for increasing your child’s emotional intelligence

Keith Miller, PhD 

www.vistapsych.com/miller

Label your emotions on a daily basis with your child (e.g., I am frustrated by that driver cutting me off; I am excited to take you to the game on Saturday; I am proud of you putting so much effort into math)

Help your child identify their emotions  (How did you feel when recess ended early?; So you felt embarrassed when you got to school late?. . . I’ve felt that way too; What was the happiest/most frustrating thing that happened today?)

Validate your child’s emotions (I understand how you could feel that way).  Do not use sarcasm, shame, or criticism when responding to your child’s emotions (e.g. There’s no reason to feel angry/sad/mad).

Know what emotions were “off limits” in your childhood home and provide opportunities for your child to express these emotions

Provide guidance and modeling on how to respond to difficult situations while openly discussing related emotions

 

Want to learn more?  Join me at my free 

Vista Knowledge at Noon Seminar:

Are we there yet?: Getting to where you want to go with your child without nagging, cajoling, or coercing

Tue, Nov 5th, 12:15pm

Register now, space is limited.  

 

 

Posted on October 28, 2013 .

How can you increase your child's emotional intelligence? Find out at the Block Party!

Five tips for increasing your child’s emotional intelligence

Keith Miller, PhD 

www.vistapsych.com/miller

  1. Label your emotions on a daily basis with your child (e.g., I am frustrated by that driver cutting me off; I am excited to take you to the game on Saturday; I am proud of you putting so much effort into math)

Find out the rest of the top five from at the upcoming Block Party September 12th. 

 

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Join Vista at the Eugene Pearl District Block Party on Thursday September 12th, for a Scavenger Hunt to win one of two iPad Minis, dessert from Divine Cupcake, and live music with local band Battlesnake!  

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Posted on August 30, 2013 .

Question: I Have ADHD. How can I get help in school?

Dr. Keith Miller responds:

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Students who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and are attending the University of Oregon are commonly able to access a variety of accommodations through the Accessible Education Center (AEC).    Possible accommodations include: extended testing time; reduced distraction testing; access to instructor notes/slides; advance notice of reading assignments; ability to audio record lectures; books in audio format.  Instructors are legally required to provide extended testing time and use of a reduced distraction testing environment.  Most instructors at the University of Oregon are very supportive of students with learning differences/ learning disabilities/ ADD/ADHD.

I tailor my work with adolescents with ADD/ADHD based on their age, maturity level, their parents desired level of involvement, and their specific areas of difficulty.   I typically address issues such as: time management (using a planner); organization; setting up systems of external accountability; developing healthy peer relationships; communicating effectively with parents and teachers; strategies for minimizing the negative impact of ADD/ADHD on academic functioning; and strategies for utilizing strengths commonly found in individuals with ADD/ADHD to improve funcitoning.  

I prefer to work with parents and teens simultaneously.  Often I work with parents to clarify their expectations; increase their positive communication with teachers and counselors at school; and increase the use of contingent parenting practices that provides both predictable rewards and consequences.  I support the use of tools such as school cards and school based assignment monitoring systems.

 If you are interested in working with Dr. Miller, you can schedule a free 15 minute phone consult with Vista by clicking here.

Posted on April 2, 2013 and filed under "ADHD", "Miller", "children", "counseling", "therapist".

Meet Keith....

Keith Miller, PhD  is a talented psychologist on the Vista Team.  As you'll see below, Dr. Miller loves working with a wide range of clients.  He also works with us as part of the team at the Vista ADHD Clinic.  If you are interested in working with Dr. Miller, 

you can schedule a free 15 minute phone consult with Vista by clicking here.

What inspired you to pursue a career in therapy?

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A love of people, finding energy through meaningful conversation, a desire to help families find their way around common relationship stumbling blocks–these are but a few of the inspirations leading me toward a career in therapy.  However, my most influential experience has been growing up with a younger brother on the Autism Spectrum.  This experience has made me intimately aware of the dance we humans do between social norms and self-acceptance.  I realized early the importance of compassion and recognizing that every one of us has struggles along the way to being our best self.

What types of people do you love to work with?

Parents, children, adolescents, adults, and couples –essentially I love working with people of all ages and at all stages of life.

I enjoy helping people find ways out of their head and into relationships.  I like to support people in identifying patterns of thinking and acting that are getting them stuck.  But even more, I love helping people build relationships based on putting their values into action.

Who are your role models/heroes?

All those people out there who are struggling to do the best that they can for themselves and for others  --those who are working to live a meaningful life.   

Why do you love working in therapy?

Quite simply, I love working in therapy because I find my clients inspiring.

What is the best advice for people considering therapy?

Considering therapy? I encourage you to find a therapist with whom you are able to establish a warm working relationship.  Find a therapist who uses evidence-based strategies for helping you and your family.  Find someone who encourages you to apply what you learn in therapy to your everyday life.   Find someone who focuses on your strengths and celebrates your past, current, and future successes!

How do you recharge your batteries, and nurture yourself?  

I recharge by drinking coffee!   Well, only partially.  I really recharge by spending time with my family and friends, and by staying active. I love following my son into his latest greatest fascination (currently, its an eraser collection).   I enjoy long trail runs, coaching, watching the Ducks, writing poetry, photography, and learning something new.

Posted on April 1, 2013 and filed under "Miller", "therapist".