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Ask the Experts: December 2018

How do I know what is the best therapy program for my child?

There is no “one size fits all” program that is best for every child. When comparing programs, there three key things you need to consider as you make your decision.

1.  Does the program provide standardized testing that will provide objective comparisons at baseline, ongoing progress and end-of-services progress? This information highlights progress, if treatment needs to be modified, and when they are ready to graduate.

2. Is the program customized to your child’s specific needs? For example, if your child has difficulty remembering how to spell words on a spelling test despite success when studying at home, does the program explore how your child processes and remembers information they hear or see?

3. Does the provider have credentials to support that they understand neuropathway and brain development as it relates to the required skills for learning success. Success requires strong memory, visual perceptual skills and visual motor skills; these areas are often overlooked when working with children who have dyslexia.

Penny Stack Dyslexia Center of Tulsa 8118-B S. Memorial Dr.,
Phone: 918-313-5518

Do I have to have a Will if I set up a living trust?  I thought having a trust was supposed to be a better choice than a Will?

A revocable or living trust is a means to avoid a probate of your estate upon your death. However it requires careful planning to fully fund the trust; otherwise, it might be necessary for a probate of will proceeding as to any property that was not placed in trust. Having a Will with a revocable trust is a standard practice that will direct to the trust any property that should have been placed in trust but was not. A probate of will proceeding is required for such property in order for it to be placed in the trust at the conclusion of the probate process. With a trust the Will is still important as it functions as a safety net to make sure all property not governed by beneficiary or coownership arrangement ends up in the trust.

Wesley G. Casey, P.C., 427 S Boston Ave., Ste. 923, Tulsa, OK 74103-4114
Phone: 918.382-9516 Fax: 918.587-3763

Why continuous swimming? Is there such thing as a “quick fix?”

Research shows that it takes 25 times for an individual to learn something new. If you take lessons once or twice weekly, you’d need a minimum of 13 weeks to learn a new skill and retain it. New research also tells us that it can take up to three times that amount of time for a student with a learning disability or special needs to learn a new skill.

Is there a quick fix to learn to swim (and remember how)? In short, no. Are there ways to speed up the learning process? Yes. Frequency of classes and consistency in attendance are key factors in learning to swim.

And, drowning knows no season. In fact, a boy drowned in OKC in Nov. The boy, his mother and brother went to look at a lake. The boy fell off the dock; his mother couldn’t swim and was unable to save him. For this reason, we recommend a year-round, learn-to-swim program that emphasizes timely aspects of water safety to prepare a swimmer for potential water accidents. As evidenced by this tragedy, it is important that both children and adults know how to swim and know water safety.

Miller Swim School, 6415 S. Mingo Rd., Tulsa, OK.,
Phone: 918-254-1988

Why does Neurofeedback Work for ADD/ADHD & Learning Difficulties?

Neurofeedback takes advantage of the brain’s ability to change itself through a process known as Neuroplasticity. It utilizes the same learning process that occurs whenever we acquire a new skill. The brain learns by forming connections between cells and utilizing important pathways that connect different locations in the brain. The more frequently you utilize these pathways, the better the brain becomes at performing the associated task. In psychology, this type of learning is called “Operant Conditioning”...a type of learning in which responses are controlled by their consequences.  Neurofeedback offers the perfect learning condition, since it facilitates awareness of when the brain is producing healthier brainwave patterns, provides reinforcement for the positive change, and multiple opportunities to provide practice during a training session.  The American Academy of Pediatrics calls it an A-1 best choice for treating ADD/ADHD.  For over ten years, our clinic has seen amazing results! Call for a free consultation! RENUYOU NEUROFEEDBACK BRAIN FITNESS CENTER 

Marie McCabe MA LMFT BCN​, Clinical Director RenuYou​, 7424 S. Yale Ave., Ste. 100, 
Phone: 918-747-7400
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