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.

Access the interviews here.

Here’s to your child’s SUCCESS!

Dr. Kari Miller


Download- Dr. Kari Miller- Medication for ADD and ADHD – You Need to Know the Truth!

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ADD and ADHD medication is often a topic of concern for parents.

All parents are concerned about giving their child with attention deficit disorder prescription medications—and no one can blame them. The internet is full of myths and incorrect information, but medication for ADD is very often life altering for our kids. Dr. Kari is joined by developmental pediatrician Dr. James Varga who discusses the pros, and pros, and pros, and cons of ADD/ADHD medications. This tremendous show is a must-listen for all parents of kids with attention deficit disorder.

Dr. Varga’s website.

Download- Dr. Kari Miller- How To Get The Most Out Of 504 Plans

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Dr. Kari interviews special needs attorneys Lori Kirsch-Goodwin and Hope N. Kirsch about what every parent needs to know about 504 plans for their child. In this episode you’ll learn:

* what 504 plans are,
* how they are different from IEPs,
* how to work with the school district to get a comprehensive 504 plan for your child,
* what documentation is needed to qualify for a plan,
* how to get these evaluations,
* what options are available to parents if the school refuses to qualify your child for a plan or refuses accommodations, and
* what to do if the school district does not comply with the provisions of your child’s plan.

You’ll want to phone in with questions! Ms. Kirsch-Goodwin and Ms. Kirsch’s website.

Download- Dr Kari Miller – Assistive Technology: Bridge to Independence

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Technology has opened doors for kids with special needs and every parent should know the tools available to their child.  Dr. Kari interviews Dr. Anne Zachry, pediatric occupational therapist, about low-tech and high-tech solutions to meet each child’s needs. Learn about social skills training applications for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch; apps that turn an iPad or iPod Touch into a communication device; and apps that can be used to create social stories and visual schedules for students with autism. Learn about great options for students with learning disabilities such as portable word processing devices, smart pens and word recognition software.  Parents will also learn why it is critical to assess a child’s individual needs before purchasing assistive technology. Phone in with questions!  Dr. Zachry’s website: here

Download – Substance Use and Abuse in Teens

Dr. Kari welcomes back Curt Widhalm, marriage and family therapist, to discuss effective ways to talk with teens and build your teen’s resiliency to substance abuse.  Teen substance use is a growing crisis in America.  Peers have more influence over our kids than ever before.  Parents often don’t know what to do when drugs and alcohol become an issue. Parents can teach their teens appropriate ways to handle peer pressure and avoid drugs and alcohol.

Click here to view Mr. Widhalm’s website.

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Download – Bullying—It’s Not a Rite of Passage–Mojo UP

On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari welcomes Mr. Mojo to share with us how kids can “Mojo UP” to find their positive attitude to deal with bullying, and how parents can work with schools to put a stop to the aggression. Anti-bullying and youth leadership coach Travis Brown (known as Mr. Mojo), is currently on a nationwide school tour and has received support from the daughter of actor Jamie Foxx. Corinne Foxx has organized an Anti-Bullying Week at her school here in Los Angeles, featuring Mr. Mojo as the keynote speaker.  My parents thought bullying was just something kids had to go through—no big deal.  But I was terrified to go to school.  It’s time for adults to face up the fact that bullying of our school children is the most common form of aggression in America today!  Nearly 30 percent of students report being the victim of a bullying incident, and about the same percent confess to bullying other students.  Bullying has always been abusive, and we finally understand the problems bullying causes.

Click here to see Mr. Mojo’s website.

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Download – Meeting Student Needs: A new school for struggling students

On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari welcomes Wendy Zacuto, director of Pacific Point Academy and Learning Center in Santa Monica, California to discuss what makes this school such a great place for kids with special needs to learn.  Even if you don’t live in the Los Angeles area, this show will give you the information you need to find the best school for your special needs child.  Every student is unique and deserves a thoughtfully designed, inspiring learning environment.  Students with special learning needs require programs that develop the important skills that make learning successful and enjoyable!

Click here to view Pacific Point Academy website or to send an email to Wendy Zacuto Click here.

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Download – What Children Need from Parents to be Happy & Successful

On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Dr. Kenneth Herman, clinical psychologist, for his insights into parenting.  Tune in to learn about discipline, establishing healthy habits, and avoiding the common parenting mistakes!  Dr. Herman is the author of Secrets from the Sofa: A Psychologists Guide to Achieving Personal Peace, which was the recipient of the Brian Walsh Award for The Best Personal Growth Book of the Year. It also won literary awards in the categories of Psychology, Health, Mental Health, and as a Guide to College Students.

This episode is for all parents, not just parents of special needs kids!  All of us parents wonder and worry and even agonize about how to balance our discipline and limit setting with our desire to raise kids with rock-solid self-esteem.  We all wish we knew a lot more about how to be our child’s guide and good friend and still be “in charge.”

Click here to see Dr. Herman’s website.

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Download – Success Against The Odds: Parents Make the Difference

On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews John Paul Engel’s. From the start, John success in life seemed impossible. He nearly died at birth, he was born addicted to the antidepressants his mother had taken during pregnancy, and he suffered from severe brain damage. Doctors believed he would never walk or have any chance of a normal life. He was given up for adoption, but the state planned to institutionalize him for life because of his severe disabilities. Now, a Collegiate Scholar Award winner who went on to earn a graduate degree from the University of Chicago, Mr. Engel is a motivational speaker, author, and business consultant. He is dedicated to bringing to students everywhere practical success advice from some of the most accomplished people in the world by way of his empowering and informative collection of stories and advice, Project Be the Change: Academic & Career Advice From Highly Successful People.

Click here to see Mr. Engel’s website.

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Download – Succeeding at a Due Process/ Fair Hearing

On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Jeff Gottlieb, special needs attorney, who provides you with tips and strategies for success at a due process/ fair hearing.  Mr. Gottlieb will describe the resolution, mediation, and due process procedures so you know what to expect and discuss how to prepare for each type of meeting. This show will prepare you to be a more successful advocate for your child, even if you never have to file for due process. The IEP is over and you’re unhappy with one or more of the provisions in your child’s IEP.  Maybe it’s the placement, or services, or accommodations, or goals.  All you know is that you want more for your child and you want to know what to do next!  The phase after the IEP is daunting to most of us (me too!).

Click here to see Mr. Gottlieb’s website.

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