Ask the Experts: September 2019

Q. How do I help prepare my little one for their first swim lessons?

A. The start of swim lessons is a BIG deal for both mom/dad and baby! It’s only natural to have some anxiety and excitement when transitioning to a new environment. But if your goal is to help your toddler learn to swim, you’re making the right choice in putting them in swimming class. Here are a few suggestions to help prepare your child for the first class:

  • Bath time with a purpose! Gently pour water over their head. Practice blowing bubbles, kicking their legs and incorporate fun sing-a-longs like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
  • Talk it up! Start chatting with your little one about the swim school and what fun they are going to have in class! Crete positive associations from the very beginning.
  • Come to open swim. Take a look around the facility so both you and your little one feel confident on the first day.
  • Think like a child. Remember the first time you got water in your nose? It might have felt funny! Your child will experience many new sensations during their first swim class, so be patient as your child acclimates to the new environment.

These tips can help your child transition smoothly in to swim lessons. Even if the first class or two gets off to a rough start, stick with it. Kids almost always adapt within a few classes and start to really look forward to their lessons!

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

Miller Swim School Jenks
525 W. 91st St. S., Tulsa, OK, 918-254-1988

Q. My son hates going to reading tutoring and honestly isn’t making much progress, but he needs the practice. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Dyslexia is so much more than reading struggles. If it were as simple as just re-teaching how to read, long-term tutoring would not be in the experiences of those who struggle with dyslexia. Tutoring focuses on the issue at hand. This could be current schoolwork or re-learning a concept to keep up with school assignments. Occupational and Speech Therapy delves much deeper to explore the “why” behind the struggles you see and your child experiences. There is always an underlying reason why someone has difficulty with reading. For some, reading difficulties are due to less-than-average ability in memory, or they may be unable to accurately process what they see or hear or unable to associate sounds with letters. Understanding the “why” is the first step to reading success. Accommodations and strategies are only a piece of what is helpful. Without treating the “why,” many children go from one reading program to the next without ever making permanent change, leaving them frustrated and often on an academic or career trajectory that does not really reflect their true potential.

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

8118-B S. Memorial Drive, 918-313-5518,

Q. Do I need a Trust?

A. Rather than divvying up money when you die, with a trust you can protect your kids for years afterward.

Most of my clients dont’ like the idea of their kids getting control of their inheritance right when they turn 18. With a trust, you can specify when your kids will get the money and how it can be used.

And, a trust avoids expensive, time-consuming probate court.

Depending on your unique family and assets, a trust could be right for you. The good news is trusts are affordable and simpler to administer than a will.

To learn more, go to or call 918.200.9094.

Rod Yancy, Estate Planning & Investment Attorney, Oath Law


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