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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Strong reading skills are essential for success in school. The approaches I use give students the tools to develop reading proficiency. These programs develop the two essential components of reading: decoding skills and comprehension abilities.

Reading is smooth and fluid when students master decoding skills, in other words, when students have learned which sound is represented by a given letter. The key to helping students develop reading decoding skill is to use methods that fully engage the brain. Methods that completely engage the brain also totally engage the senses. My approach fully activates a student’s learning abilities using multi-sensory techniques based in Orton-Gillingham methods.

I combine systematic instruction in sound-symbol relationships with drills that develop a student’s attention and automatic recognition of sounds and letters so that a student will develop the foundational skills essential for reading. This method improves phonemic awareness skills (such as sound blending and rhyming) which are essential to becoming a strong reader.

My strong comprehension programs teach students at all grade levels how to understand and learn more from what they read. I help students develop the skills to focus on the thinking processes needed to understand text. I teach comprehension strategies that promote understanding before, during and after reading to promote significant increases in comprehension skill. Some of the important components of comprehension improved include:

  • Using pre-reading techniques to warm up for reading
  • Connecting prior knowledge to the current material
  • Acquiring new vocabulary words
  • Identifying the structure of reading material (for example, cause and effect, description, compare and contrast, etc.)
  • Adjusting the reading rate for the difficulty of material and purpose of reading
  • Knowing whether the material is comprehended and how to adjust strategies when material is not being adequately understood
  • Creating visual images of what is being read
  • Focusing attention by asking questions while reading – in other words, being an “active” reader
  • Using techniques such as graphic organizers, outlines and color-coding to increase understanding and anchor information in memory

To download an article that discusses the advantages of working with an educational therapist over a tutor to develop your child’s reading proficiency, click on the link below.

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