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Ask the Experts: January 2019


Q. What are some red flags to look for that would identify a child is at risk for dyslexia?

A.  10 red flag signs that transcend age and grade levels include:

  1. Difficulty remembering the name or sounds associated with letters.
  2. Unable to understand rhyming.
  3. Spells spelling words at home correctly. On the day of the spelling test the child is unable to spell the words, especially if the words are given out of order.
  4. Spells words how they sound or writes all of the letters in the word, but the letters are not in the right order.
  5. Difficulty following or remembering multi-step verbal or written instructions.
  6. Words are on the tip of their tongue, but they just struggle getting them out.
  7. Struggle getting thoughts on paper. For example, when asked to write a paragraph, they are only able to write two sentences, but if asked what they wanted to write, they can tell you a full and detailed story.
  8. Difficulty understanding social cues.
  9. When the list of  abilities and struggles do not make sense or fit into another learning disability. The randomness is a key indicator of dyslexia.
  10. When a child has been retained, and has spent significant time in tutoring, Response to Intervention (RTI), or participated in Tier II or Tier III reading and little to no progress has occurred.

Dr. Penny Stack, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, Founder & Owner Dyslexia Center of Tulsa, 8118-B S. Memorial Drive, 918-313-5518, www.dyslexiatulsa.com

Q. What makes swimming so different than any other activity?

A. The benefits of swimming are numerous, significant and irrefutable. The benefits of swimming are not bound by age or ability. Along with the obvious physical benefits of being a low impact, aerobic exercise that works the entire body at once, swimming positively affects many aspects of life including the mental and emotional well-being of its participants. It is no wonder that physicians, physical therapists, exercise physiologists and child development specialists recommend swimming as one of the best forms of exercise for all areas of development. A recent study at Griffith University in Australia cited: “Young children who participate in early-years swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population.” It goes on to conclude that, “As well as achieving physical milestones faster, children also scored significantly better in visual-motor skills such as cutting paper, coloring in and drawing lines and shapes, and many mathematically-related tasks. Their oral expression was also better as well as in the general areas of literacy and numeracy.” The study noted that swimmers were more social, confident and eager to learn and try new things than their non-swimming peers.

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

Q. How do I name a guardian for my kids, if I am unable to take care of them?

A. If you have young children, naming a guardian is the most important part of your estate plan. Imagine if you are in an accident, or if you die, and you are unable to care for your children. Who would get them to school? Who would get them fed? Who would get them to bed? 

This important decision should be made with the counseling of a qualified attorney who focuses on estate planning. With an understanding of the law, a competent attorney will learn about you and your children and be able to prepare a complete estate plan, including a Will, and often a trust, making sure you legally name a guardian for your minor children.

Rod Yancy, Attorney, 1214 East 33rd Street, Tulsa, OK, 918-200-9094, www.rtylaw.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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