TADD 2017 – Overcoming ADHD Obstacles – Self-efficacy and Success!

We’ve got an excellent “TADD” Talk for you today! As part of ADHD Awareness Month and our special activities, ADDA has created TADD Talks, where we’ll be Talking about ADD every day the entire month of October!

In today’s TADD talk, Dr. Kari Miller, PhD, BCET discusses “Overcoming ADHD Obstacles – Self-efficacy and Success!


And if you enjoyed today’s TADD Talk, you’ll want to learn more about what Kari has to offer.

Dr. Kari Miller, PhD, BCET is an educational therapist and ADHD coach providing support across the lifespan – to school-aged students with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and other complex needs; to young adults in transition to college or the workplace; and to individuals with ADHD who have passionate dreams, but are frustrated by procrastination, lack of focus and difficulty following through. She holds a PhD in educational psychology and mathematical statistics, an MEd in Learning Disabilities, Gifted Education and Educational Diagnosis, and a BS in Early Childhood Education and Behavior Disorders. She serves on the board of directors of ADDA, Chairs ADDA’s College Committee and facilitates ADDA’s Job Seekers’ Club. You can find out more about Dr. Miller at https://drkarimiller.com/

If you’re already an ADDA member, thank you for supporting ADDA’s work. If you enjoyed today’s TADD Talk and you believe in what ADDA is doing (and you KNOW we can help you live a better life too!), won’t you join us? Become an ADDA member today.

We’ll see you back here tomorrow! Check the schedule to see what’s coming next right here.



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      • Ralph
      • October 30, 2017

      Thank you Dr. Miller for your honesty and encouragement to all those with ADHD and with other health issues. My wife has struggled her whole life with confidence and has not reached her goals because of it. I have suffered with many debilitating illnesses that I feel hopeless at times but your talk and coaching have helped my wife and me as well. You are a great advocate and I am so glad you are involved and a leader with ADDA. You are making a difference!

      • miglesias
      • October 26, 2017

      Dr. Miller, you have an innate sense of the significant. Thank you for sharing the gift of your hard-earned joy. You inspire others to access the power in transforming painful experiences to serve their higher purposes. You appreciate and celebrate the discoveries and achievements of your clients, fostering the unrealized levels of competence and self-regulation that they desire.
      Angelis Iglesias MS PCC CAC

      • Shell Cowper-Smith
      • October 19, 2017

      Excellent presentation. I really felt Dr. Miller’s experience, conviction and compassion. I feel motivated to move forward and am very grateful for this information and inspiration.

      • Adryen
      • October 7, 2017

      I absolutely can see hope in Dr. Kari Miller’s talk, this message gives insight to true change and to live the life I imagine in my dreams. This priceless information available to all of us, available to me! Thank you thank you Dr, Kari for reminding me, that just as you have developed yourself to live your vision of your life, despite serious life threatening physical pain, I to can learn, grow and experience self efficacy, what I though was not possible for me in the past.

      • Sheila
      • October 5, 2017

      Thank you so much for this talk it was exactly what I needed to hear today. You are so inspiring, Kari, as always.

      • Mary
      • October 4, 2017

      This was a very compelling talk. I loved listening to your backstory. The tips you gave were so helpful and informative. I really enjoyed your advice on overcoming challenges and self efficacy. This is applicable to so many different areas of my life and I am actually looking forward to putting this all into effect. Thank you for your insight and explaining this all in an easy-to-follow manner.

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      Thank you Kari. I enjoyed your story as well as the strategies you shared. You are an inspiration to all of us. I especially loved the concept of a mental scrape book. I think your story was the perfect one to kick off the TADD talks. Keep on speaking, Kari. I love what you have to say

      • Kimberly Janicki
      • October 3, 2017

      Dr. Miller, thank you. In 2 1/2 hours I am giving a presentation about ADHD and occupational therapy to a local civics group. Thank you for reminding me what a huge celebration this is for me! For the past 2 years I have thought of myself as a “fallen woman” . See, up until my mid 40’s I would have considered myself, despite a life long struggle with organization, a very successful person. I was diagnosed gifted in the 5th grade, earned 2 college degrees with summa cum laude honors, and has a successful career as an occupational therapist for 12 years. I was diagnosed with ADHD in my late 30’s and thought, “yep, that’s me disorganized and extra time for tasks.” Well let me tell you, 2 years ago ADHD, anxiety, and depression smacked me so hard that I ended up having 2 medical leaves from my job, finally leaving my job as an occupational therapist, was unemployed for 4 months, and went through all of my savings. For the past 11 months I have been working for my cousin mowing lawns and emptying trash bins into a dumpster at a condo she manages. It has taken me 2 years of help from my family, friends, professionals, hard physical work and medication for me to get up in front of a group of people and be an occupational therapist again. Today I am an occupational therapist again. I was scared this morning doing my final prep for the presentation for this civic organization, in fact I am still preparing (thanks procrastination and ADHD) and still scared. Dr. Miller, you are right! Reframing, being grateful, and grabbing onto even the tiniest success is ESSENTIAL to success from being able to take a shower to being able to speak in front of a group of people. I have ADHD. I fell, hard. Might sound trite, but TODAY I will celebrate my tiny step of being an occupational therapist 30 minutes. THANK YOU DR. KARI MILLER for your presentation.

        • Sue
        • October 18, 2017

        Kimberly, you have a great story yourself!! Thanks for sharing!!

      • Deneen Allmond
      • October 3, 2017

      Congratulations on your ability to “carve out the life you want” Dr. Kari Miller. As a person who suffers and triumphs w/ ADHD, your message of believing in yourself base on your success portfolio seems out of sorts. ADHD experts have identified one of the ADHD hallmarks as having weak belief in one’s success because of recurring failure despite trying. I appreciate your story of overcoming debilitating obstacles with your willpower and support team, but this is especially difficult for some people with ADHD. I’ve tuned in to the talks for a couple of years, and this subject in my opinion was not a great way to kick-off the talks.

      • gina jagim
      • October 1, 2017

      Wow, this is WONDERFUL and Dr. Miller shared her story which is so amazing. Thank you.

      • Diane
      • October 1, 2017

      I think it would be helpful to have bullet point or the speaker to look at. It was boring for me. I wrote this email while she was talking. Thanks for trying to help.

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