Understanding Your Child’s Uniqueness – Evaluations & Assessments with Dr. Kari Miller, PhD, BCET

No two kids are the same and we all need “unique and special education” to succeed. Some students struggle in ways that fly under the radar and they don’t get the help they need to fully reach their potential. This teleseminar will show parents where to find professional help to identify their child’s strengths and weaknesses so he or she can get the right assistance. Hosted by Anderson & Associates Counseling and Psychologist Services.

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Expert Interviews

Dr. Kari Miller, PhD
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Dear Parent,

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Dr. Kari Miller

 

Autism Q & A with Dr. Kari

3 common myths about autismDr. Kari recently answered questions about autism for a HEALTHathon sponsored by Baby Blog Addict.

1. What are 3 myths you hear people say about Autism?

Myth: Autism can be cured by using (fill in the blank).

Dictionary.com:

Cure — “to relieve or rid of something detrimental, as an illness.”

The term “cure” suggests that complete removal of all causing influences can be achieved, and I believe that the autism spectrum behaviors may have complicated mechanisms that produce and sustain them.  At this point, I think it is most fruitful to view the behaviors and symptoms associated with the autism spectrum as capable of being improved to some degree.

There are many useful and effective approaches that help to improve the quality of life for individuals on the spectrum.  But no one approach will produce improvement for all individuals with autism.   Parents must be wary of any approach that claims to “cure” autism, because a cure just hasn’t been discovered.

It’s important to work with a multi-disciplinary team (for example, doctors, occupational therapists, educators, psychologists) to determine the most likely approaches and methods for each person, implement them, and carefully note the changes.  Many people on the spectrum benefit from more than one method, and pursuing a balanced, holistic approach to management of symptoms and behaviors, is most likely to produce the best results for your child. Read more

Download – The Warning Signs of Autism

the warning signs of autismAutism used to be a rare disorder, but as many as one out of a hundred children have autism. Early treatment is important, so you should know the signs of autism in your child. On this episode of Education Revolution, Dr. Kari talks with Joanne Lara, autism education and movement specialist, who shares the signs your child may have autism and tells parents what to do if you suspect your child has autism.

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Download – Does Your Child Have ADD or Is This Just Kid Stuff?

does your child have add?One of parents’ most worrisome concerns is whether their child has ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Finding out for sure is crucial to your child’s future. In this edition of of the online radio show Education Revolution, Dr. Kari Miller is joined by Dr. Ann Simun, clinical neuropsychologist and specialist in diagnosing ADD and ADHD who explains the symptoms of ADD and ADHD, what testing for ADD and ADHD involves, and how parents can help their child with this condition thrive in school.

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Warning Signs That a Child Should Be Evaluated

Children with ADHD need to learn how it looks and feels to pay attentionAll children develop at their own rate. Parents often wonder if the problems and inconsistencies they observe in their child’s behavior are indicative of learning issues that should be checked out by professionals.

You can use the checklist below to get an idea of whether your child shows warning signs that you should investigate further. This checklist is not exhaustive, but it has most of the signs of learning problems that are relevant for parents to be aware of.

As you complete the checklist, remember to take into consideration not only the number of symptoms you notice in your child’s behavior, but also the severity of the symptoms you observe. You may want to share the checklist with your school district or private educational evaluator to communicate your concerns.

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Neuropsychological evaluation: Nuts and bolts

Ann Simun -Neuropsychological testingDr. Ann Simun, Los Angeles clinical neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist, discusses the nuts and bolts of a neuropsychological evaluation.

What is neuropsychology?
Neuropsychology is best described as a scientific evaluation of the functions of the brain and nervous system.

What is the purpose of a neuropsychological (NP) evaluation?
An NP exam can be very helpful in making a specific diagnosis of a person’s strengths and needs and establishing a baseline, or “before” picture of intellectual function to be used for future comparison. A good evaluation will reveal a developmental or neurological problem and clarify how a problem is manifesting in the brain.

With children, generally we are investigating how a child learns and what patterns of strengths and needs are evident. The evaluation will also provide suggestions of what may be done to alleviate a problem. A good evaluation will give the family and the medical/educational team information about what type of intervention is appropriate.

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Obtaining A High-Quality Autism Evaluation

Dr Allison Kawa - autism evaluationDr. Allison Kawa, Los Angeles child psychologist, discusses early assessment for autism spectrum disorder.

Increased public awareness has put autism spectrum disorders on everyone’s radar. Since one in every 110 children has an autism spectrum disorder, chances are that autism has somehow touched your life.

Yet for many people, questions persist about what autism really is and how it is diagnosed. The term “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD) refers to a cluster of three diagnoses: Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).

The common symptom for all three conditions is impaired social-communication, meaning difficulty communicating effectively with others in socially meaningful exchanges. Read more

Neuropsychological tests used to diagnose ADHD

Effective reading comprehension techniques: F.A.C.T. MnemonicBy Dr. Ann Simun, Los Angeles clinical neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD (also known as ADD), is a neuro-developmental condition which impacts attention, impulse control, and behavior; it can also impact learning, social skills, and adaptive functioning.

A thorough evaluation for ADHD should be comprehensive and include assessment of general cognitive skills, specific sensory processing skills, academics, and emotional functioning. The best evaluations also include information (interview and standardized rating scales) from the parents and teacher, and an observation of the child in school.

The following is a partial list of tests used to diagnose ADHD. Read more about the diagnostic process for identifying ADHD.

Continuous Performance tests such as the following: Individual Variables of Attention, Test of Variables of Attention, and Connors Continuous Performance Test. These are computer-based “continuous performance tests” where the child gives a very simple response (e.g. click a button) to a simple stimulus (numbers, letters, etc.) on a computer screen; such tests are long and boring with little feedback. Therefore, kids with ADHD often “drift off” and make many mistakes. Mistakes have patterns which can be analyzed in detail to help understand a child’s individual weaknesses. Children with poor impulse control will show specific types of errors on this test; some of these tasks also measure hyperactivity. Read more