LLA Spotlight: Natalie Duvnjak

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Natalie Duvnjak! Natalie is an Occupational Therapist who has been with LLA for a little over a year. She serves students at the Education Alternatives in Painesville and Willoughby Hills. She became a therapist because she loves being of service to others and seeing …

LLA Spotlight: Jessica Bendele

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Jessica Bendele! Jessica is a Physical Therapist who has been with LLA since January 2021. She serves clients at our new Mentor office! She became a therapist after observing a PT working with a child she babysat for who had Downs Syndrome and after …

LLA Spotlight: Laura Say

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Laura Say! Laura is an Occupational Therapist who has been with LLA since January 2021. She serves clients at our new Mentor office! She became a therapist because she knew she wanted to work with children in some form, and she received speech therapy …

LLA Spotlight: Kent Morgan

We have amazing management at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Kent Morgan! Kent is our Business Director here at LLA. He focuses on management projects and human resources as this time. He has been with LLA for about 5 months now! His favorite part about working at LLA is working with all of the …

How a sippy cup affects a child’s speech

When assessing your child’s speech we may ask questions about what type of cup your child uses at home.  It may seem unrelated to their speech sounds, but really anything your child puts in their mouth (thumb, chew toys, pacifiers, cups, etc.) can affect their speech!  Below are reasons why certain cups are or are not recommended by speech therapists …

8 Strategies To Meet Your Child’s Sensory Needs At School

If your child is receiving occupational therapy (OT) services at school, something that may have been mentioned are their sensory needs. Prior to receiving  interventions in the school setting, you may have heard from teachers that your child is fidgety, has difficulty paying attention, doesn’t remain in their seat, struggles with directions, or that they have other behavioral problems. Once …

Clinical-Based and School-Based Occupational Therapy: What’s the Difference?

Oftentimes the question is asked, “What is the difference between occupational therapy (OT) in schools in comparison to an outpatient clinic?”  There are many similarities and the differences may be subtle and challenging to identify. First, with the medical model (outpatient clinic), OT services can address any deficit area for a client, as long as funding sources allow.   In …

7 Activities to Improve Motoric Separation of the Two Sides of the Hand

What is motoric separation, you ask? Your hand has two sides; the first three fingers of your hand is one group, and the fourth and fifth fingers are the second group. The ability to use both sides of the hand separately is considered motoric separation. This skill is important for tasks such as holding a pencil, holding scissors, or manipulating …

LLA Spotlight: Marla Griswold

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Marla Griswold! Marla is an Occupational Therapist who has been with LLA since August 2019. She serves students at Chippewa and Revere Local School District, in addition to clients in the clinics as needed. She became a therapist because she has always enjoyed working …

LLA Spotlight: Rachel Fischietto

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Rachel Fischietto! Rachel is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been with LLA since August 2019. She serves clients at the Fairlawn and Hudson Clinics. She became a therapist because she is incredibly passionate about communication and how much it impacts our lives. Rachel …