LLA Spotlight: Alyssa Hulthen

We have amazing administrative professionals at LLA and want to showcase them to you! Meet Alyssa Hulthen! Alyssa is an office assistant (soon to be SLP!) who has been with LLA since January 2019. She is a graduate student who assists with a variety of projects on an as needed basis. She helps the billing department with payment posting and …

LLA Spotlight: Alison Kolonick

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Alison Kolonick! Alison is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been with LLA since August 2020! She serves students at Independence High School and the Fairlawn clinic. When deciding to become a therapist, she first went through five or six majors, from political science …

Short and Long Term Effects of Untreated Torticollis

Torticollis is the shortening/tightness of the muscles on one side of the neck, typically the Sternocleidomastoid muscle. It is a common diagnosis in infants and has many short term and long term effects if it is not treated. Short Term Effects: A tight neck muscle may be uncomfortable for your baby so they will not be able to turn their …

What Does the Term “Container Baby” Mean?

Have you heard the term “container baby” recently and wondered what that meant? This term comes from babies who spend most of their day or a considerable amount of time per day in equipment such as swings, bouncers, car seat, etc.  With our technology-centered and fast paced world, equipment seems like a good, entertaining option to put your baby in …

What Should I Expect At My Baby’s Evaluation For Torticollis?

If you have noticed several signs of Torticollis in your baby, your next step is an evaluation with a pediatric physical therapist.  Before you go, it may help ease your stress if you know what to expect. What will the therapist do with your baby? A physical therapist will look for a variety of things during the assessment including: Range …

What is Torticollis and How Do I Know if My Baby May Have It?

What is Torticollis? Torticollis is the shortening/tightness of the muscles on one side of the neck, typically the Sternocleidomastoid muscle. Due to this shortening/tightness they may always look to one side and be unable to look in the opposite direction. You can think about it like when an adult strains a muscle in their neck and it is uncomfortable or …

Rainy Day Activities That Can Improve Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills

Now that the warm weather is approaching, it is likely that your children will be playing outside more frequently. During this time, there are endless opportunities for your children to improve their motor skills through play. But what about those cold and rainy days that are spent inside? No need to worry! Here are a few fun activities to complete …

The Sensory Profile 2, School Companion Questionnaire: Breakdown for Parents

If your child’s sensory needs are being addressed in the school environment, one assessment that could have been used by your child’s therapist is the Sensory Profile 2, School Companion Questionnaire. This is something that may have been discussed at an IEP or ETR meeting, or while talking to your child’s therapist throughout the year. This questionnaire can be difficult …

LLA Spotlight: Samantha Kelland

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Samantha Kelland! Samantha is an Occupational Therapist who has been with LLA for 2 1/2 years! She serves students at the Education Alternative Schools and clients at our Fairlawn, Hudson, and Medina clinics. She became a therapist after teaching children in learn to swim …

LLA Spotlight: Wendy Harner

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Wendy Harner! Wendy is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who has been with LLA for 3 years! She serves students at Happy Day School and Norton Schools. She became a therapist after being a one-on-aide for a student and the therapists who came in …