I enjoy seeing people in the room have their “ah-ha” moment. When their eyes become big, they smile and quickly raise their hand to share or start writing furiously to capture the thought. Fun, Flow, Dopamine activation, Play!
Memorable and Actionable
In order to capture the attention and interest of everyone, I use relatable language, stories, and activities. I also teach and apply several fundamental strategies that help anyone with attention challenges to be more activated in even the dullest situation.
Whether it is understanding themselves or illuminating a parent, teacher or partner about how the ADHD brain works, everyone should leave feeling excited and hopeful.
During any presentation, I will
- Illustrate and demonstrate new ideas
- Make learning meaningful and memorable
- Make learning actionable and you will leave with specific ways to implement what you have learned.
I don’t teach about ADHD as a “disorder”. Rather, I see the diagnosis as a roadmap to start understanding an individual’s unique patterns of strengths and weaknesses. Whether the topic is relationships, organization, team-work, time management, parenting, or something else, my message is a positive one and my presentations are FUN!
What audience members are saying…
“Kirsten is an extraordinary presenter who is passionate, well-informed, and interactive with her audience. She knows how to make the most complex topics fun and could teach Eskimos to think of ice in a whole new way! Kirsten uses her knowledge of play and effective learning strategies to engage the audience in the learning experience at a deeper level. Participants are engaged in dynamic and lively activities and discussion. Every presentation ends with participants creating an action plan for using what they have learned.”
Dr. Milliken offers keynotes, breakout sessions and online learning for your corporate employees, students, school system, or community group. Information in each presentation is based on Kirsten’s 20 plus years as a psychologist and ADHD coach, working with both children and adults in a variety of settings.
Keynote Topics Include:
Fun with ADHD – Your brain’s natural inclination to engage in play is a secret strategy for success.
Dr. Kirsten Milliken presents entertaining and informative learning about the neurochemical connection between play and attention, motivation, interest, perseverance, creativity and wellness. By presenting scientific evidence, case studies and discussions with the audience, Dr. Milliken demonstrates how our brain’s natural inclination to engage in play is a secret strategy to capitalize on personal strengths and managing the challenges of ADHD.
During this presentation time will fly by while you are learning….
- What gets in the way of productivity, motivation, focus, and fun?
- How play affects your brain
- What “Play” really means
- Why “play” and “work” are not opposites
- How a playful mindset can improve your health, work, and relationships
- Ways to play that can increase your energy and enjoyment on any task
- The type of play that works best for you
Dr. Milliken’s other topics include:
- Your ADHD Brain at Its Best – this is a presentation and conversation that can be adapted to almost any audience of individuals diagnosed or affected by ADHD. During this workshop participants focus on self-awareness of when they are at their best and how to conjure this state to be more successful at home, school, and work.
- 5 Steps to Success– For audiences that want a “formula” to adopt success habits
- Building Executive Skill Through Play – a dynamic and fun workshop designed for teachers, parents, and professionals in the field of ADHD. Participants learn from research and experience, the importance of play in developing executive skills.
- Improv to Improve Your ADHD Life – some fun games and exercises that help to build skills that are often difficult for those with ADHD.
- Improv to Improve Your Coaching– This is a variation on the previous workshop, designed specifically for coaches and other professionals working with ADHD Clients.
- Using Play to Manage the Challenges of ADHD – Is your mojo missing? Learn how to become more motivated, creative, and productive at work and home.
- Mindfulness for Fidgeters – An Alternative to Sitting Silently for Those With Active Minds and Bodies.
- Tackling the Mess: The Playful Approach to Organization
- Play to Remember – A Path to Improve Memory and Learning for Everyone
See Kirsten in Action
An impromptu opportunity to tell my story and how I use play to manage ADHD. People with ADHD are great at winging it!
Play! The Secret Ingredient to ADHD Motivation.
Lynn University Lunch Keynote- behind a Podium
Whoa! Did we mention that Dr. Milliken wrote the book on ADHD and Play?!
Permission to Play… A Prescription for Adults with ADHD