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Ask the Expert: November 2018

Common questions answered by local professionals


Q1: What is a good age to start swim lessons?

Answered by Sarah Clavin, Marketing & Communications Manager with Miller Swim School

Babies can start swim lessons at around 4 months of age. Swimming skills at this stage are taught in tandem with the developmental skills of babies; sitting up, rolling over, holding head up, standing, etc... At this stage babies have a natural breath holding reflex, laryngeal reflex. As they get older (6 months+) breath holding and blowing bubbles becomes less instinctive and more of a learned skill. If your child is older than 4 months, don’t fret! Most of our swimmers who don’t start at babies/toddlers begin their classes at age 3. This preschool age brings a certain level of independence and readiness for quick water adaptation and learning. We have also seen an individual learn to swim at 90 years young! It is never too early or too late to learn to swim!

Miller Swim School, 6415 S. Mingo Rd., 918-254-1988

Website: www.millerswimschool.com

Q2: Is Dyslexia Hereditary?

Answered by Penny Stack, OTD, OTR/L, CLT Dyslexia Center of Tulsa

Yes and no. There are two types of Dyslexia. Developmental Dyslexia and Acquired Dyslexia. Developmental Dyslexia is genetic. Past generations often were not officially diagnosed with Dyslexia. You may recall a family member who disliked reading, struggled in school, did not read for pleasure or chose life interests in the arts, sports, or hands-on careers. The likelihood that they have or had Dyslexia is high. Acquired Dyslexia can occur due to an injury or illness such as a traumatic brain injury or a stroke. A person with Acquired Dyslexia most likely had no learning difficulties or a family history of learning difficulties, but after the injury now struggles with characteristics similar to Developmental Dyslexia.

Penny Stack, OTD, OTR/L, CLT Dyslexia Center of Tulsa 8118-B S. Memorial Drive Tulsa OK 74133 P: 918-313-5518

Website: www.dyslexiatulsa.com Email: penny@dyslexiatulsa.com

Q3: My husband and I own everything jointly or have the other as beneficiary on our insurance and accounts. Do we still need a Will?

Answered by Wes Casey, P.C., Wes Casey Law

 It is essential all adults have a Will, or an estate plan with a trust, especially for parents with minor children. In the event of the death of a parent, failure to do so may well result in the need for an administration proceeding and possibly a guardianship proceeding for property that by law is to be shared by the surviving parent and children. Leaving a properly drawn Will can eliminate or simplify such legal proceedings and insure that the estate is efficiently distributed in accordance with the instructions set forth in the Will and other estate documents.

Wes Casey, P.C.,427 S. Boston Ave., #923, 918-382-9516

Website: www.wcaseylaw.com

Q4: What is Neurofeedback?

Answered by Marie McCabe MA LMFT BCN​, Clinical Director RenuYou​​

Neurofeedback (NFB), also called EEG Biofeedback, is a state-of-the-art, non-invasive method for teaching the brain to function in a more balanced and healthful way by shifting the way the brain produces and distributes its electrical energy. Four electrical impulses called “frequency bands”, Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta, tell us which parts of the brain are active and which ones the brain should be using to complete a given task. For instance, when we are in a class following directions, certain areas of the brain will need to activate and use the faster frequency Beta. If we wish to relax, a different part of the brain will need to activate using the slower frequency Alpha. The goal of NFB is to improve the brain’s ability to self-regulate and smoothly shift between states of relaxation and attention. Call for a complimentary consultation to see how NFB can work for you! RENUYOU NEUROFEEDBACK BRAIN FITNESS CENTER  918-747-7400 or www.renuyoutulsa.com.

Marie McCabe MA LMFT BCN​, Clinical Director RenuYou​, 7424 S. Yale Ave., Ste. 100

Website: www.renuyoutulsa.com

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