LLA Spotlight: Beth Boazzo

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Beth Boazzo! Beth is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been with LLA for almost four years. She serves clients at the Hudson Clinic. She became interested in speech therapy after her grandpa had a stroke when she was a teenager and lost his …

LLA Spotlight: Katie Pankiw

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Katie Pankiw! Katie is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been with LLA since August 2016. She serves clients at the Fairlawn and Medina Clinic. She became a therapist because she feels like communication is the most important thing in all our lives. It helps …

LLA Spotlight: Amy McNutt

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Amy McNutt! Amy is an Occupational Therapist who has been with LLA for 11 years. She serves students at Coventry Local Schools. She became a therapist because she loves helping people become successful at tasks that are hard for them. One of her favorite …

Primitive Reflexes and Integration: What are they and why is this important?

The topic of primitive reflexes is not always a simple one to understand.  There is a tremendous amount of data and information that we will not be able to cover in this short blog; however, we will provide a basis of understanding, with resources for further evaluation. Primitive reflexes surface in the womb and during infancy and are designed to …

How to Reduce Your Child’s Daily Screen Time

These days it is easier than ever for adults and children to be exposed to excessive screen time, especially with online learning during the pandemic and all the technological advances being made. Cell phones, computers, television, and tablets are all a part of almost everyone’s daily lives. Although technology is helpful and has proven to have positive effects on learning, …

LLA Spotlight: Brenna DuPratt

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Brenna DuPratt! Brenna is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been with LLA since August 2020. She serves students at Manchester Local Schools and Ravenna Education Alternatives. Six years ago, Brenna had no idea what speech and language pathology even was, but little did she …

An OT’s Experience with Virtual Therapy and Helpful Tips on Getting Started

With COVID-19 numbers increasing, some schools have now transitioned to full-time remote learning. That means your child will learn through a virtual format in your home. If your child is a new preschool student or you have never had to navigate online learning before, then you may be overwhelmed.  I can empathize because In March 2020, I was thrown into …

Developing Fine Motor Skills through Core Training

As an occupational therapist that works in the schools I often receive referrals for students with suspected delays in their fine motor skills. Fine motor skills refer to the ability to coordinate the muscles and structures in your hands and wrists to carry out precision tasks. These tasks can consist of stringing beads, shoe tying, writing, cutting, completing puzzles, and …

5 Fine Motor Skills Necessary for Kindergarten Readiness

Do you have or know a child that is getting ready to start kindergarten? If so, are you wondering if they possess the fine motor skills necessary for kindergarten success? Below is a list of fine motor and visual motor skills that your child should master upon entering kindergarten so that they are prepared for success!  1. Pencil Grip By …

6 Developmental Benefits of Puzzles

Puzzles at any age are great activities that promote the use of several different skills including concentration, problem solving, visual perception, and fine motor skills. They are great ways to keep children entertained while serving an educational purpose. Puzzles can help enhance several different skills that are important for learning subjects such as reading, writing, and math! Below are just …