Meet Occupational Therapist: JJ Schweikert

JJ Schweikert, is an occupational therapist at LLA Therapy. JJ received her undergraduate degree at Capital University and her masters in occupational therapy from the University of Findlay. She is originally from Maple Heights, Ohio, however has moved around, Cincinnati, then Chicago, then back home to the Cleveland area! JJ currently resides in Richfield with her husband Todd and their …

The Top 5 Home-Strategies For Parents to Support Writing Skills

Why are fish so well educated? They swim in schools! Yes, it’s that time of the year again! School is back in session. Which means younger students will be learning their letters and older students will be refining their writing skills. As an occupational therapist in the school district parents often ask me what they can do at home to …

Meet Speech Therapist, Katie Pankiw

Katie Pankiw is a speech therapist at LLA Therapy. She is originally from Strongsville, Ohio, but currently resides in Medina. Katie received her undergraduate degree from Kent University and her master’s degree from The Ohio State University. As a speech therapist, Katie enjoys providing social skills therapy and reading therapy. Katie has well rounded experience and has provided speech therapy …

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Pencil Grips.. and MORE

As a school-based occupational therapist, I frequently get asked about grasp patterns. Many parents and teachers are concerned if a student does not demonstrate the “normal” dynamic tripod grasp pattern. However, I often observe in the classrooms and I realized a lot of students (including me) do not use the “normal” tripod grasp. Today, I want to break down the …

Could Your Child Benefit From OT? What OT’s Do and What They Help With.

April is Occupational Therapy Month. So what really is occupational therapy and what is an occupational therapist (OT)?  Occupational therapy is a profession that helps both young and old, across their lifespan, participate in their daily life activities, to their fullest potential.  Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help promote physical and mental health as well assist people of all …

The Most Amazing Hot Chocolate. Ever. (with recipe & accompanying speech therapy practice)

  Bundled up under piles of blankets….wishing for that perfect cup of hot chocolate and great ways to work on your child’s speech inside? Look no further…recipe included (and SLP tested). Getting in the kitchen with your kiddos is a great way to learn new vocabulary, following directions, answering WH questions, and many other language opportunities! Recipe (© dlsh.it) Prepared …

Sensory Bin 101: The In’s and Out’s of a Very Important Learning Tool

A sensory bin is a container filled with items that provide the user with sensory input. Dependent upon the items, also known as fillers, a sensory bin may provide the user with tactile, auditory, visual, and olfactory sensory experiences.  Sensory bins provide the user with the opportunity to play, while exploring various textures and utensils/tools. Who uses a sensory bin? …

4 No-Tech Activities For Children During Waiting Times

The scene could be a grocery store, in the car, at a restaurant or at home on a cold day.  Your child is bored and wants something (food, to leave, etc.) and you tell them to wait. When they have a tantrum, parents often turn to electronics to appease their child. While this seems like a great idea in the …