Snow-Day Activities that Target Gross and Fine Motor Skills

There are so many fun activities to do with your kids on cold snowy days! Below is a list of inside and outside activities to keep your children active and engaged!  Outdoor Activities Tic-Tac-Toe in the Snow: Use snow paint (see link below) or gather sticks to create the tic-tac-toe board. Use your hands (in gloves of course) or a …

What Are Oculomotor Skills? The types, red flags, and exercises to help

Oculomotor skills are the ability to use the eyes in a systematic manner to efficiently scan and locate an object in the field of vision. There are 6 muscles in each eye that controls the movement of the eye. These muscles allow us to efficiently scan the environment, hold our gaze on an object of interest, track objects as they …

LLA Spotlight: Madison Lethco

Madison has been a Registered Behavior Technician with LLA Therapy since January of 2021. She currently practices at the LLA ABA clinic in Fairlawn. Her favorite part about working at LLA is getting to know the kids. They are all so unique and I love connecting with them by doing the things they love to do. I love seeing them …

LLA Spotlight: Carrie Thompson

Carrie has been a Physical Therapist with LLA Therapy for 9 years. She currently practices at Coventry Local Schools, Rittman Exempted Village Schools, and Manchester Local Schools. Carrie became a physical therapist because she loves helping others! By helping students improve their gross motor abilities within the school environment, she believes this also has a positive impact on the student …

Therapist Recommended YouTube Videos: FOR KIDS

Technology is a huge part of our modern lives. Despite its downfalls, technology can be incredibly helpful in our lives, and the lives of the children that we interact with. The possibilities of learning are endless! From an occupational therapist’s perspective, there are a wide variety of videos available that can encourage movement, motor coordination, calming strategies, and sensory regulation. …

OT Toolbox: Amazon Finds to Help Improve Fine Motor Skills

As an occupational therapist, I have a variety of tools that I like to use with different students to improve their fine motor skills. These are items that would also be beneficial for students to use at home on their homework, or while writing and coloring for fun. Parents will often ask if there are any items that I recommend …

LLA Spotlight: Carly Shaw

Meet Carly Shaw, OTR, at LLA Therapy Carly has been an Occupational Therapist with LLA Therapy since 2018. She currently practices at Revere Local Schools and in our Fairlawn Clinic in the evenings. In the summer Carly runs the Stars and Stripes program in Brunswick. Carly became an occupational therapist because she wanted to find a career that allowed her …

LLA Spotlight: DeAnna Smith

Meet another amazing LLA Therapy staff member, DeAnna Smith! DeAnna is an Occupational Therapist. She has been with LLA since late summer of 2021. DeAnna works in both our clinics and with our school partners. She has always had a passion for working with kids. However, it wasn’t until she had exposure to the profession at a camp for kids …

The Best Gifts (By Age) From the Perspective of an OT

Ages 2 years + Triangular Crayons: Encourages appropriate grip on coloring and drawing utensils Fine Motor Keys and Shape Sorter House: Promotes dexterity and visual Skills Learning Resources Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones: Learn colors while strengthening hands Shape Sort and Match: Promotes bilateral coordination while learning shapes and colors Fine Motor and Strength Animal Match: Practice Animals Names/Sounds as …

The 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Hand Picked By Our Therapists

Is it Santa’s Workshop, or an LLA clinic? You would be hard pressed to know the difference if you visited one of our locations. That is because we have toys, and lots of them! Think of toys as our tools. Not only do we use them to motivate our clients, but we use toys each and every day for therapeutic …