Our Best Resources for Introducing Yoga to Your Child

Like adults, children have difficulty managing stressors that they encounter.  These can include fitting in with peers, school work, and extra curricular activities, which often become a distraction.  Yoga helps improve concentration to prepare the body for learning. It is a form of exercise that targets not only a child’s physical but mental health.  Yoga incorporates multi-step movement poses, relaxation, …

How to Make Your Child the Stair Master in 6 Steps!

For young toddlers, stairs may seem intimidating as it challenges their balance, depth perception, motor planning and strength.  Many toddlers are scared to walk up and down the stairs and prefer to crawl or receive adult support. By the age of 2, children should be walking up and down stairs with handrail support using a step to gait pattern.  They …

Toe Walking: Facts, Tips, and Products That Help!

You watch your child walk across the floor on the balls of their feet and immediately want to call your pediatrician; but wait, this may be more common than you think.  Toe-walking is often associated with neuromuscular conditions including cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. It is also a common gait pattern in children diagnosed with autism due to the increased …

Washing Your Hands Properly: A ‘Handy’ Visual for Kids

At this time of year there is often an increase in runny noses, colds, and flu.  The holiday parties at school, shopping at the mall, and many visits to relatives exposes children to increased germs.  As reported by the CDC, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps to take to avoid illness and spreading germs to others. …

Gift Guide 2018: Occupational Therapist Recommended Toys (with links)

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite toys and gifts that can help your little one develop their fine motor skills. There are so many toys out today that can be great therapeutic tools, however, the kids never have to know about that… they just think they are playing and having …

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 …