I just wanted to let you know that Sue made the Honor Roll her first time ever! She got all A’s and B’s. Thank you so much for everything that you are doing for her. It is certainly paying off. She is so much more confident about her academics. It’s just wonderful to watch her take off.
T. W., Parent
As an educational therapist, Kari Miller is at the top of her profession. She is able to combine abundant technical knowledge of learning differences and remedial techniques with real compassion for the individuals who work with her. This is what makes the magic happen. As a math specialist, Kari is the best and her profound mastery of the subject matter is without equal. At the same time, she has developed a range of strategies to assist even the youngest, most challenged students grasp the bas…
Susan Gonzales, Educational Therapist
My daughter Jessica’s ADHD had caused her to have low self-esteem. Jessica improved her SAT scores and grades while she worked with you. More importantly, you helped Jessica believe in her life in an expanded way, and increased her self-confidence in her ability to achieve her goals. When Jessica was accepted at her number one choice for college she was thrilled! And thanks to her structural work with you, she has experienced major success there.
A. G., Parent
Thank you so much for doing an excellent job in providing our son with the skills and information he needed to become a successful high school student. His grade point average clearly improved while working with you, enabling him to get accepted to many excellent colleges.
M. L., Parent
Working with Kari has allowed me to finally feel comfortable with my learning difference. Rather than dwelling on my weaknesses, together we discovered my personal strengths. What I learned from Kari extends beyond the classroom – in fact I will go so far as to classify the knowledge she shared with me as life lessons. Kari is one of the most kind, caring, and down to earth educators that I have ever come across. Without a doubt, the impact that Kari has left upon me is unlike that of any tuto…
H. L., Brentwood Student
Thank you so much for everything. I had a great time with you! School has long been a sore spot for me and I think I finally changed the tides!
D. H., Student
Dr. Kari Miller is a dynamo! One just needs to step inside her office to see that she is a dedicated professional constantly striving for inventive ways to reach children. I am highly impressed by Kari’s credentials, experience, and her command of a variety of techniques and programs. But it is her warm and engaging demeanor that makes this all such a powerful package. Her “believe in success” message is very motivating in a time when academic pressure can be overwhelming to both children …
Deborah Studebaker, Licensed Brain Gym Instructor

Five unique problems students who struggle in school have with learning…

If you’re like the parents I work with, you are looking for help for your child who is struggling in school. There are really five factors that can get in the way of learning for kids with complicated learning needs.

  • First of all, everybody learns their own way.  For most kids, they are able to learn the way our schools tend to teach.  But some students don’t easily learn the way our schools expect them to.  And then kids begin to fall behind and fail.
  • Once they fall behind, they don’t learn the academic skills they need to keep up.  Kids have to learn so much to be successful in school.  They have to learn how to read, spell and calculate.  Now they have the problem of being behind in basic skills. Without basic skills they can’t move forward.
  • Students with complicated learning needs usually have one or more weak learning skills such as memory, attention or auditory processing problems.  Until their learning skills are strengthened, they will continue to have difficulty in learning.
  • Students typically need to learn how to manage their learning and how to play the game of school to win.  They have to learn the best study approaches and what to give priority to in their learning.  They need to learn how to manage their time and their emotions.
  • When students experience any of these difficulties, then the biggest problem begins to set in. When kids want to learn, when they try to learn, but they can’t learn, they lose hope.  They begin to believe they are stupid and they stop trying.  This loss of hope is called learned helplessness and it’s a beast that robs kids of their power.  Kids who have learned helplessness don’t work very hard to be good learners and good students because they figure it’s a waste of time; they figure they can never learn.

My SUCCESS Program for Educational Excellence

In order for kids with complicated learning needs to be successful, they need to have all five of their problems addressed.

  • They need to be taught in a way that fits their learning style—not just the same old approach that is used for other kids.
  • They need to catch up on basic skills they’ve missed because they learn differently.
  • They need to build their core learning skills such as attention and memory that students need to be successful.
  • They need to learn how to set priorities, manage their time and study to remember what they are learning.
  • And most importantly, they need to believe in themselves again so they can play the game of school to win.

My five-step SUCCESS program gives students with complicated learning needs the tools they need to be successful in school and in life.

I’ve made a five short videos explaining each of the five components of my approach, and I hope you’re ready to learn more.  You can find the videos right here.

Thanks, and I’ll see you there!

Dr Kari Miller

Dr. Kari Miller, Director

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