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Ask the Experts: February 2019

Q. Is it possible for my child to have dyslexia if it does not run in our family?

A. Dyslexia can be acquired due to physical trauma, an injury to the brain. This is called Trauma Dyslexia. Other trauma such as separation from the mother at birth (premature birth or adoption), or being bullied, suffering from physical or psychological trauma/abuse, having anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can cause the child to show symptoms of dyslexia when, in actuality, it is not dyslexia. These types of trauma can interfere with the language processing centers of the brain, causing it to function very much like someone with dyslexia. The child may have difficulty with attention and learning to read. For this reason, it is important to share your child’s life events with the person who evaluates your child. Trauma resolution by a counselor or psychologist often can improve the child’s performance in these areas. When the trauma is not recognized, a misdiagnosis of dyslexia may occur. Having the correct diagnosis is very important as it provides the best direction for treatment. 

Dr. Penny Stack, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, Founder & Owner Dyslexia Center of Tulsa

8118-B S. Memorial Drive, 918-313-5518, www.dyslexiatulsa.com

In the old days estate planning was only for the wealthy. Now, estate planning is easier to accomplish and our lives are more complicated than ever.

If you have things that you value and people that you love, you need an estate plan. Estate planning will organize your estate so that the people you care most about in the world have access and control of your assets when you pass away.

Without a plan your family will be left wondering what to do, left wondering who is in control, left wondering why your affairs were so disorganized.

With a plan you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have done your best to protect the people you love most in the world and the assets you value.

Rod Yancy, Estate Planning & Investment Attorney, Oath Law

918-200-9094, www.oath.lawrod@oath.law

Q. If my child goes swimming, is he going to have ear infections or an increased risk of ear infections? 

A. Frequently, the term “ear infection” is used interchangeably to describe really two or three different problems. The ear is divided into three parts: outer, middle, and inner ear. Each has a distinct function, and an infection in one part means something very different compared to the others. An infection in the outer ear (otitis externa) is commonly called “swimmer’s ear,” but really can occur for many different reasons. The ear canal is a dark, warm, moist place, which makes it the perfect breeding ground for infection when water or moisture becomes trapped. There is no evidence to suggest swimming causes, or places, children at higher risk for middle ear infections. A middle ear infection usually has swelling in the middle ear space, behind the eardrum, which causes the eardrum to become red and allows fluid to collect behind the eardrum. Inner ear infections are rare, and can cause hearing loss, dizziness and imbalance. Generally, children with inner ear infections are very ill. So, as you go swimming or consider enrolling your little one in swim classes, have a great time! Learn the symptoms of otitis externa, and immediately call your doctor if you are concerned. If your child is prone to ear infections or has tubes, please ask your deck supervisor for information on pre/post treatments available for little ones’ sensitive ears!

Miller Swim School

6415 S. Mingo Rd., Tulsa, OK., 918-254-1988, www.millerswimschool.com

Q. How Does Neurofeedback Work with Counseling?

A. Neurofeedback is often the first strategy used because it takes advantage of the brain’s ability to change itself. Resistance to change is often a major stumbling block in counseling, and Neurofeedback can be an excellent tool to assist a person of any age to make changes in behavior and thinking patterns more easily. The decision to do a combination of Neurofeedback and counseling is based on the information shared by the client during the assessment process. The goals of counseling and Neurofeedback are often to reduce stress, improve focus, memory and decision making, increase productivity and emotional resistance, enhance restorative sleep and strengthen positive interpersonal relationships. We see both services as complementary modalities. Because each client is unique, individual circumstances are always the driving factor in determining the most appropriate services.


918-747-7400 or www.renuyoutulsa.com


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