Ask the Experts: September 2022

Ask The Experts

Each month in TulsaKids Magazine, local experts answer frequently asked questions from their area of expertise.

If you have a question you’d like to “Ask the Expert,” feel free to contact the expert directly or email your question to

I really want my little one to be comfortable in the water, but I’m not sure what to do for babies his age?

Babies as early as 4 months old can willingly accept water acclimation, sometimes even more so than their preschool-aged counterparts! While babies as young as 4 months old can begin swim lessons, there ARE some activities you can do at home to help familiarize them with the water beforehand!
Start by introducing simple toys to your child in the bath. Show them how to use the toys, and sing songs as you play. This creates a positive association with the water from the get-go!
Next, help them prepare for submersions. Start slowly, by introducing a light trickle of water on their head. Then, gradually increase the amount of water until you can wet their entire head.
Finally, make a point to keep bath time fun. Be silly, make up games and keep your infant laughing.

Remember, the earlier you can make your little one feel at ease in the water, the easier it’ll be to get them swimming and enjoying water throughout their childhood.

Sarah Clavin

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

My daughter was just diagnosed with Autism. I have no idea where to start! Does she need OT and Speech Therapy? I want to do everything I can for her. Help!

Ate Gp Kassie Allison

Being Autistic does not automatically mean therapy is necessary. If she does not have struggles that impact her function or quality of life, help her connect with other Autistic peeps and skip the therapy. If she does struggle with communication, friendships, meltdowns, motor skills, feeding or most other daily activities, give us a call.

When evaluating, we look at what the child struggles with most, and we try to help those things not be so tricky. Occupational Therapy helps a kiddo figure out how to process and respond to their sensory world, engage with others around them, build motor skills, identify and express emotions, expand foods that are tolerated and so much more.

Our OT staff is particularly good at supporting kids who struggle with meltdowns. Our Speech Therapists delight in finding ways for kids to communicate, whether with words, gestures or signs, pictures or a device that assists in communication. Together, our therapy team hopes to help your child experience joy, build relationships and realize just how cool they are.

Kassie Allison, Owner/Occupational Therapist
Greenhouse Pediatric Therapy
2033 W. Houston, Broken Arrow
11211 N. Garnett Rd., Suite B, Owasso


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Who can access our child’s academic and medical records?

Danya Bundy Ate

It may seem obvious that a parent may access their child’s private academic and medical records, but this is a frequent question for parents who are separated or divorced. Oklahoma has at least two powerful statutes ensuring access to child-related information by both parents.

The “Parents’ Bill of Rights” in title 25 reserves all parental rights to a parent of a minor child, including the right to make healthcare decisions for the child and the right to access and review all medical records of the minor child. Another statute, 43 O.S. § 109.6, ensures access to information and records by both custodial and noncustodial parents.

Family courts have authority to limit or restrict access in extraordinary circumstances, but the default rule is that each parent should have unlimited access to their child’s files, regardless of their custodial status.

Danya Bundy, PLC, Bundy Law Office
2509 E. 21st St., Tulsa

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Why do schools let kids with lice back in school?

Ate Lice Clinics Wade HuntsmanMost Tulsa area schools allow children with lice to attend, but grant local administrators the ability to remove children with the most severe cases. Sadly, most of these cases are ineffectively treated at home with over-the-counter medications, and the children are returned to class only to become severe cases again within weeks. It is not uncommon for children to have lice for months or even years.

While this may be shocking to parents, this policy is in line with both state guidelines and the American Academy of Pediatrics, who advocate leaving lice-positive kids in school. Student outcomes are better when they are in class, so every school district crafts a policy with that in mind.

Reduce Lice in Schools

  • Be open with other parents about lice; everyone has the same secret.
  • Thoroughly check your child’s hair once per month, especially if they brush their own hair.
  • Over-the-counter treatments are less than 25% effective, seek professional treatment.

Wade Huntsman, Owner
Lice Clinics of America – MidSouth
3421 E. 21st St., Tulsa

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Categories: Parenting