How to Help Picky Eaters Overcome Holiday Meals

Do you have a picky eater in your life? Are you dreading meal times this upcoming holiday season? For picky eaters, it is important to alleviate the pressure associated with eating, increase exposure to foods, and unlock all of the senses related to eating. If it seems like a lot to ask, try to remember the acronym “THANKS” for your …

LLA Spotlight: Destiny Eskridge

Destiny Eskridge is a speech therapist at LLA Therapy. She is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but was raised and resides in Akron. Destiny was a Certified Medical Assistant before pursuing a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned both her undergraduate and master’s degree at The University of Akron and completed her clinical fellowship year with LLA Therapy. As a speech therapist, Destiny …

Meet, Julie– LLA’s Newest Physical Therapist

We are very excited to introduce our new physical therapist,  Julie Butt. Julie received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Butler, PA, she currently resides in Twinsburg with her husband and two young sons.

10 Awesome Cause & Effect Toys to Improve Language Skills

I love cause & effect toys. The ways they can help speech and language is endless. It’s a great early learning activity to show the relationship between using words to get something. Say a word and/or make an action and get a desired outcome and/or cool affect! Below you will find a list of toys that are used frequently at …

18 Ideas to Improve Executive Functioning in Kids

What is Executive Functioning (EF)? It is a set of mental skills or thought processes that help a person to get things done. EF includes tasks that help us learn new info, remember and retrieve info we’ve learned in the past, and use this info to solve problems of everyday life. Executive functions are produced and managed in the frontal …

Meet Occupational Therapist: JJ Schweikert

JJ Schweikert, is an occupational therapist at LLA Therapy. JJ received her undergraduate degree at Capital University and her masters in occupational therapy from the University of Findlay. She is originally from Maple Heights, Ohio, however has moved around, Cincinnati, then Chicago, then back home to the Cleveland area! JJ currently resides in Richfield with her husband Todd and their …

The Top 5 Home-Strategies For Parents to Support Writing Skills

Why are fish so well educated? They swim in schools! Yes, it’s that time of the year again! School is back in session. Which means younger students will be learning their letters and older students will be refining their writing skills. As an occupational therapist in the school district parents often ask me what they can do at home to …

Meet Speech Therapist, Katie Pankiw

Katie Pankiw is a speech therapist at LLA Therapy. She is originally from Strongsville, Ohio, but currently resides in Medina. Katie received her undergraduate degree from Kent University and her master’s degree from The Ohio State University. As a speech therapist, Katie enjoys providing social skills therapy and reading therapy. Katie has well rounded experience and has provided speech therapy …

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Pencil Grips.. and MORE

As a school-based occupational therapist, I frequently get asked about grasp patterns. Many parents and teachers are concerned if a student does not demonstrate the “normal” dynamic tripod grasp pattern. However, I often observe in the classrooms and I realized a lot of students (including me) do not use the “normal” tripod grasp. Today, I want to break down the …