3 Activities to Promote Wrist Extension

You might not think about how critical wrist extension is to perform everyday tasks. However, this body movement plays a major role in life. Wrist extension is the ability to move your hand backwards, towards your forearm. This motion allows the hand to be placed in an optimal position, which will allow children to manipulate objects in their environment. Children …

Encouraging Language Growth through Storytelling

Storytelling lies at the heart of every culture. It’s the way we capture people’s attention, build social connections, and share our experiences with one another. Although storytelling may make you think of someone crafting elaborate tales, storytelling is actually an everyday, functional skill that we use to talk about everything from a funny, unexpected event that happened while we were …

Decoding Norm-Referenced Assessments

When a child is referred for evaluation in the schools or as new client in the clinic, one of the most important and frequently used tools is norm-referenced testing. Norm-referenced testing can also be useful when re-evaluating a child by comparing previous and present scores to get a sense of their progress. However, if you and your child are new …

8 Games that Encourage Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is the ability to manage one’s own emotions, behavior, and body movements while still focusing and attending to a task at hand. Self-regulation involves being able to self-calm when anxious or upset, resist highly emotional reactions (crying, hitting, screaming, etc.) to stimuli, and adjust to changes in expectations/routines. Children who have difficulty with self-regulation may have difficulty identifying their …

4 All-Inclusive Playgrounds to Check out Before the Year Ends

Summer is here again! That means the kids are off of school and families are searching for some fun, outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy. I’m always on the hunt for new adventures (that fit my budget), too.  So today I wanted to share 4 all-inclusive parks that I have stumbled upon. 1. Hine Memorial Fund Playground This …

5 Activities to Promote Thumb Opposition

Thumb. What a funny sounding word for a finger. You probably don’t think twice about how critical the thumb is during every day activities. As a pediatric occupational therapist, in a school-based setting, I look at the thumb on a daily basis. In fact, I find the thumb quite interesting because humans are the only primate that can oppose the …

LLA Spotlight: Hannah Lee

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Hannah Lee! Hannah is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) in the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) department who has been with LLA for 1 and a half years! She serves clients at the Fairlawn clinic. She became a therapist because she always knew she wanted …

LLA Spotlight: Courtney Nabors

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Courtney Nabors! Courtney is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been with LLA for about 6 months! She serves clients at the Medina, Hudson, and Fairlawn clinics. She became a therapist because she has always been fascinated by language, helping others, and communication. Being an …

LLA Spotlight: Kelly Morreale

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Kelly Morreale! Kelly is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been with LLA for 6 years! She serves clients at Canton City Schools, Rittman Schools, and in the clinic. Kelly was originally a high school Language Arts teacher, but she felt like she didn’t get …

LLA Spotlight: Sabrina Mottershead

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Sabrina Mottershead! Sabrina is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been with LLA for 3 years! She serves clients at Ashland City Schools and the Medina clinic. She became a therapist after seeing the positive impact a speech therapist made on a close family friend …