Expert Interviews

Dr. Kari Miller, PhD
“Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of expert advice in the field of parenting, education, advocacy, and straightforward information about special kids, their education, and their future that you will find anywhere on the web!”

 

 

 

Dear Parent,

I’m pleased to have put together a powerful collection of expert interviews for you. You can easily access these very special recordings by clicking on the link below.

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Here’s to your child’s SUCCESS!

Dr. Kari Miller

 

Summer reading and writing activities for reluctant readers

Children more easily find joy in reading when they can pursue their areas of personal interest and passion.

Summer is a great time to encourage your special needs child to develop a love of reading.  Children more easily find joy in reading when they can pursue their areas of personal interest and passion.  The following tips unleash a child’s passion for literacy.

Summer book club (3rd through 8th grade)

Form a book club with several of your child’s friends.  For each selection, let them choose from among three books that you’ve prescreened based on the group member’s interests.  Meet every week to discuss the book.  For younger children’s groups, some of the meeting can be devoted to hearing the book read aloud by a parent.  When the group finishes the book, connect to the plot, theme or setting of the story with a follow up activity. Read more

Download – Gifted Kids Have Special Needs Too!

On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Dr. Barbara Klein, Los Angeles clinical psychologist about the special needs of intellectually gifted kids.  Many kids with extremely high intellect have challenges that often go unidentified and untreated.  If your child has a very high intellect, has Asperger’s disorder, or is “twice exceptional” (gifted and learning disabled), join us to learn more about the hidden needs of your child and how to help him/her.

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Helping Your Child Be An Independent College Student

Only a small percentage of students with special learning needs attend college, but parents have the opportunity, from the moment their child is born, to insure that their child is one of the successful college graduates.

Successful students have strong personal qualities that support their independence. The way you mentor your child all through his or her life develops these personal qualities.

The most important step parents can take is to mentor their child to believe in their intelligence and talents and to know in their heart they can meet the challenge of obtaining a college education. This belief supports the effective action steps that parents and students need to take throughout their child’s school career to ensure a college diploma.  Read more

Will Parenting Like the Tiger Mother Improve Your Special Needs Child’s Academic Performance?

will parenting like the tiger mom help your child's academic performanceThe Tiger Mother craze is sweeping America.  Most people have heard about Amy Chua, who authored a controversial book entitled “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.”  The book has become controversial because Ms. Chua revealed things in the book such as rejecting a birthday card one of her daughters made for her, saying it was not the best she could do.

When I first read some of the things Ms. Chua revealed in her book, I was outraged.  But I’ve been listening to Ms. Chua explain her beliefs about parenting and I’ve begun to understand that some things she says make sense, and I’m going to weigh in with some positive comments about the “Asian” parenting style.  I don’t agree with everything Ms. Chua has to say, but she has latched on to some important points that really resonate with me because they work.  Some of the parenting strategies she emphasizes do improve academic skills, and do not erode self concept.

To oversimplify, the “Asian” parenting style is anchored in several important beliefs.  Parents believe they have their children’s futures in their hands and it is their duty to teach their children how to survive and support themselves in a tough world.  Parents work and sacrifice to give their children the strong start in life they believe is essential to their survival. Read more

Download – Teach Your Child To Unlock the Magic of Mentoring

Parenting Your Child For a Brilliant LifeIs it really true that “It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know?” I’m pretty sure it’s some of both….but do you know how to get your child ready to meet influential people and form strong, supportive relationships with them that can take them to their goals? Dr. Kari Miller is joined by Dr. Shellie Hipsky who explains the benefits of mentoring and gives parents practical tips for guiding their child toward the productive relationships they need to succeed in life.

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Download – Total Education Show – The Tiger Mom

Tiger MomWill Parenting Like The Tiger Mother Improve Your Special Needs Child’s Academic Performance?
The Tiger Mother craze is sweeping America. Most people have heard about Amy Chua, who authored a controversial book entitled “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.”

Dr. Miller and Neil Haley, director of Total Tutor discuss how to successfully blend American passion and free choice with Asian practice and drill. If you want your child to do better in school—then you’ll want to download this show to learn how your parenting can achieve great academic results for your special needs child.

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Download – Helping Difficult Kids Be Successful at School and Home

helping difficult kids be successful at home and schoolFrom Chaos to Calm in Thirty Seconds!
Every parent wants their child to follow the rules and grow into a responsible adult.  On this episode of Special Kid School Talk, Dr. Kari Miller is joined by Philip Stearns, author and parent educator, who teaches parents how to control the biological switches of your special needs child’s emotions to gain their cooperation easily and effectively!  If your child has difficulty following the rules, you don’t want to miss this show!

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Download – Will Parenting Like the Tiger Mom Improve Your American Child’s Academic Performance?

raising cooperative kidsThe Tiger Mom craze is sweeping America—and rightly so. Dr. Kari Miller is joined by Maggie Stevens, author and parenting coach, who helps American parents blend Asian drill with American free choice. If you want your child to do better in school—then you’ll want to join us to learn how your parenting can achieve great academic results for your child.

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Download – Mothers Are Right – Good Fathers Make a Big Difference

good fathers make a big differenceWhat does it mean to be a “father” in America today? On this episode of Education Revolution,  Dr. Kari Miller is joined by Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, psychologist and author, who shares strategies for being a “hands on” father who connects with his children and supports them to be their best.

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