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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".