Outside the Glowing Screen: Creating a Digital Diet

Think back to when you were a child. Where did you spend most of your time? Were you inside playing with your siblings or outside playing backyard games with the neighbors? Would you play for minutes or hours?  How long did you spend on electronics? When I was a kid I remember waking up and meeting my neighbors in the …

Learning the Alphabet: The Foundation for Learning to Read

One of the most important foundation skills in learning to read, write, and spell is the ability to fluently recognize and name the letters of the alphabet.  Research has consistently demonstrated that letter name knowledge is one of the strongest predictors of learning to read and later reading achievement.  Helping children to understand that letters and letter patterns represent the …

Introducing Beth Jack!

LLA Therapy is pleased to introduce Beth Jack! Beth Jack has been a public educator for 36 years.  She has taught learning disabled, gifted, kindergarten, and first grade students.  She holds a B.A.in elementary education from The University of Akron and a M.Ed. in special education from Kent State University.  She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a …

The Benefits Of Tummy Time For All Ages (Plus Exercise Ideas!)

Tummy time, or when a baby lies on his stomach while supporting his body with his elbows, is vital for development.  Around six months of age, tummy time leads to a baby assuming prone extension, more commonly known as the “airplane position,” as a response to gravity.  The baby lifts his head, upper back, arms, and legs off of the …

8 Gross Motor Activities For the Whole Family

Over the past months, families have been looking for ways to do things together as they have been forced to social distance from others. Below are some fun activities that everyone can enjoy, no matter what age! 1. Go for a bike ride Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! Riding a bike is a great exercise to improve balance, coordination …

Occupational Therapy Ideas for Older Kiddos

When receiving therapy services in a pediatric clinic, it is important for therapists to remember that the older children who come in require a slightly different approach to their intervention plan. This is just as important when working with these older kiddos in the home. Some activities that are fun and intriguing to the younger kids just may not be …

5 Stretches to Relieve Neck Pain and Stress for All Ages

LLA Therapy typically treats pediatric patients, but we realize how this pandemic has caused increased stress levels in all ages especially parents. Many people are now working from home, teaching their children and having circumstances that can cause increased tension in their head and neck. Here are a few simple stretches to help relieve “the pain in the neck” that …

COVID-19 Resources

We understand that wearing a mask may be a confusing and scary thing for some children. Try one of our tips or strategies with your child! If your child is having a difficult time understanding COVID-19 and why things may be different right now, try the social story below!

Help Improve Self-Regulation Skills With The Zones of Regulation ®

Some days we may feel down in the dumps. Some days we may feel a little bit silly. Some days we may feel angry. Some days we feel just right and content. These emotions are natural to feel throughout life’s processes, however what is important about emotions is knowing how to react to them. Self-regulation is the ability to recognize …

4 Ways To Work On Stuttering At Home

1. Playing with Cars Make the cars go fast and go slow and talk about how our speech can also go fast and slow.  When the car goes too fast it might get bumpy! We need to slow down so the car can move smoothly and it is the same with our speech. 2. Memory Game Model slower speech and …