Red Flags for Fine Motor Skill Development

Are you concerned about your child’s fine motor development?    Here are crucial steps in the development of good fine motor skills that may help guide you to determine whether or not your child would benefit from an occupational therapy screening or evaluation.    Questions or concerns? Our occupational therapy experts are happy to assist. Email us at Askanexpert@llatherapy.org, or …

Fall Books Ideas

LLA Therapy intern, Kelly Dugan, blogs about fall books for speech and language development.       “We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt” by Steve Metzger This book has easy, rhyming text and fun sound effects that will delight and engage children. This book is a great tool to learn different types of leaves and trees. After reading, venture outside …

Best Toys for Speech and Language Development

LLA Therapy intern, Kelly Dugan, blogs about toys to promote speech and language. Simple toys can be great tools in your arsenal for bringing out language in your child. Below we highlight some examples of toys you might have laying around the house already and ways you can use them to elicit speech from your child. 1. Wind up toys …

Communication Red Flags

Are you concerned about your child’s speech and language development? Here are crucial steps in the development of speech and language that may help guide you to determine whether or not your child would benefit from a speech and language screening or speech and language evaluation. Questions or concerns? Our speech and language experts are happy to assist. Email us …

Early Detection is Key in Treating Communication Impairments

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” As Benjamin Franklin suggests, it is better to handle a problem early rather than waiting until it gets worse.  We know that young children who are at risk for delays or disabilities in communication, language, speech, emergent literacy, and feeding/swallowing are much more likely to have difficulty succeeding later in …

Holiday Survival Tips From An OT

LLA Therapy Occupational Therapist, Nicole Torres, gives tips on making the holiday season a success for you and your family!   We all know that the holidays can be a trying time under the best of circumstances, but what if your child has difficulties with fine motor skills, feeding skills, sensory processing skills???? This can make the holidays even more …

Helping a Picky (or Problem) Eater Manage the Holidays

LLA Therapy feeding specialist, Mallory Hawley M.A., CCC-SLP, discusses how to manage the holiday season for picky eaters.  The holidays can be a difficult time for picky eaters and problem eaters. There are several reasons for this. First, holidays are about eating specific, traditional foods, which the child may only see at this time of year (i.e., the only time …

Speech Therapy Early Intervention

LLA Therapy speech language pathologist, Ashley Hagge, M.A., CCC-SLP, discusses 5 reasons to seek a professional evaluation at the first sign of a speech problem.  1. Prevention of future problems in school: speech and language difficulty is related to literacy, social skills, the ability to learn and use vocabulary, and the ability to process and understand what people are saying. …

Sensory Integration

LLA Therapy Out Patient Clinic Director, Bridget Francisco M.S., CCC-SLP, discusses Sensory Integration Our therapy space in Fairlawn allows us to incorporate sensory integration to our speech, occupational, and physical therapy sessions.Sensory integration is an approach to therapy for children with autism and for children who may have a difficulty focusing due to sensory needs. If you would like to …

10 Tips for Mealtime Success with a Problem Eater

LLA Therapy’s Feeding Specialist, Mallory Hawley M.A., CCC-SLP, gives 10 tips for “Problem Eaters” Problem eaters are individuals who have less than 30 foods in their repertoire. They often experience food jags, where they continuously eat the same food daily (i.e., Cheetos) and then suddenly don’t want to eat it again (often times never adding this food back into their …