Posts filed under "children"

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

Dr. Keith Miller responds:


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 Michele...

Our first in a series of interviews with our great team at Vista.  Here's the first one, with Michele Markstrom, LMFT.  Michele loves working with adults as well as families.  She also works with us as part of the team at the Vista ADHD Clinic.


What inspired you to pursue a career in therapy?

Becoming a therapist in 2001 was a natural progression in my career after working with families in the community for 10 years. I wanted the training and knowledge of a Master's degree in counseling so that I would be better skilled at helping people. 

What types of people do you love to work with?

I enjoy working with families to find creative solutions that resolve ongoing relationship challenges.  I also enjoy working with individuals as well.  I love to work with people who have been suffering with anxiety and/or depression and are ready or almost ready to try and do something different. 

Why do you love working in therapy?

I really enjoy creating a safe, supportive  environment for people to work on the changes they want to see.

5. What is the best advice for people considering therapy?

 If someone is considering therapy, I think its most important to have a good connection with your therapist. You need to"click" with each other so that you can optimize the possibility of change.

6. How do you recharge your batteries, and nurture yourself?

 I am working on nurturing myself by focusing on eating healthy and exercising. I also enjoy my two new grandchildren and spending money on airplane tickets to go see them. They are my new heroes. 

Ever wondered how you can improve your relationship with your child?  Check out Michele's Webinar, available now for free on YouTube.

Want Michele to help you?  Click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consult here

Posted on March 11, 2013 and filed under "children", "markstrom", "therapist".

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy in the News

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy in the News

Sadly, this week has been marked by two tragic shootings, one more locally in Oregon, and another one at a school in Connecticut.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victims of these tragedies.  We  thought it would be helpful to identify some tips that can help parents talk to their children about these difficult events.  
  1. Honor your own feelings
  2. Be Supportive and available to your children
  3. Talk about it: Talk to your children, but also listen: encourage your children to express how they feel
  4. Reassure them of their safety and security (no matter what age).  That the grown ups in their life are working to keep them safe
  5. Take a break: Focus on positive activities, connecting with others
  6. Keep descriptions simple, limit their exposure to graphic descriptions or images
  7. Limit access to TV and Radio reports
  8. If they ask if violence can happen to them? Repeat that it is unlikely, and the grown ups are there to help them keep safe
  9. Watch for symptoms of stress: Clinginess, stomach aches, headaches, nightmares, changes in behavior
  10. Seek help if you are concerned that your child is not coping well after a few days
  11. Take care of yourself and your children: Eat healthy, get exercise, Connect with friends and loved ones

Take care,

Ryan Scott, PhD, Vista Counseling 

(with help from the American Psychological Association, the Children’s National Medical Center, and the American Humane Association)

Posted on December 14, 2012 and filed under "children", "coping", "shooting", "tragedy".