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: Beth Boazzo

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Beth Boazzo! Beth is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been with LLA for almost four years. She serves clients at the Hudson Clinic. She became interested in speech therapy after her grandpa had a stroke when she was a teenager and lost his …

LLA Spotlight: Katie Pankiw

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Katie Pankiw! Katie is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been with LLA since August 2016. She serves clients at the Fairlawn and Medina Clinic. She became a therapist because she feels like communication is the most important thing in all our lives. It helps …

LLA Spotlight: Amy McNutt

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Amy McNutt! Amy is an Occupational Therapist who has been with LLA for 11 years. She serves students at Coventry Local Schools. She became a therapist because she loves helping people become successful at tasks that are hard for them. One of her favorite …

Primitive Reflexes and Integration: What are they and why is this important?

The topic of primitive reflexes is not always a simple one to understand.  There is a tremendous amount of data and information that we will not be able to cover in this short blog; however, we will provide a basis of understanding, with resources for further evaluation. Primitive reflexes surface in the womb and during infancy and are designed to …

How to Reduce Your Child’s Daily Screen Time

These days it is easier than ever for adults and children to be exposed to excessive screen time, especially with online learning during the pandemic and all the technological advances being made. Cell phones, computers, television, and tablets are all a part of almost everyone’s daily lives. Although technology is helpful and has proven to have positive effects on learning, …