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Building to New Strengths: Brain Flakes

When I go out to any store my eyes are always peeled for that one toy that will assist a child in a range of abilities, while also being fun. I have traversed many aisle before, only to leave empty handed and a little disappointed with the selection. However, one toy I recently discovered is becoming a cornerstone activity I use in occupational therapy sessions.

That toy is Brain Flakes. I stumbled upon Brain Flakes while I was scrolling through Amazon, and you can find the link for yourself right here!

So What Is This Amazing Toy?

Brain Flakes are for children ages 5 years and older, so unfortunately they are not appropriate for the little ones in your life due to choking hazards. For older children though this toy targets a variety of skills, including visual perceptual skills such as spatial reasoning- a skill that is vital in handwriting; the ability to follow instructions both verbal and visual- which is applicable in home and school environments; hand dexterity and hand strength- which are needed to grasp and manipulate objects such as school pencils appropriately. This toy also allows your child to become creative and build anything they can dream up with just a few clicks of pieces. Brain Flakes are round disks that have notches in the side, allowing them to snap together- this snap together of pieces is where skills such as hand strength and dexterity are required!

Once your child begins snapping they may take off on their own! This building is where visual perceptual skills such as spatial reasoning come into play- your child must use these skills in order to build an item that resembles a known or imagined object. Or if you prefer, there are instructional pictures or videos found on VIAHART’s website (the company that makes Brain Flakes) that can be followed- this adds an additional skills layer- following directions!

Building these creations by themselves or with their parents may also strengthen confidence in children, and promote hands on learning and creativity. I know I have found this toy to be very enriching for my clients. So if you are on the lookout for a toy that will target multiple skills needed for academic success, then perhaps give Brain Flakes a try- you’ll never know what you can build until you get started!

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Crystal Scheibe

Great place, glad we found them. Been going to Medina over 2 months now and he loves Lauryn and Kyler. Wish they had more ABA therapy places available... live in Wooster and long drive everyday.

Karrie Swan LaRock

My 11 year old son has dyslexia and has made noticeable gains in working At LLA THERAPY. Katie is strong in her approach toward him and also keeps him comfortable enough to perform well. We will continue visiting both the Fairlawn and Hudson offices and recommend them highly.

Ron Monroe

My 9 year old just completed about 9 months of weekly speech sessions (due to his stuttering) with Matt Hagge at LLA and we are thrilled with the experience and results. What I thought might be a negative (what kid really wants to go to speech class?) was made very positive by Matt, and my son never hesitated or complained when we talked about class. He really enjoyed it and really took what Matt taught him to heart. His speech has been greatly improved and we definitely recommend LLA. Thank you so much!

Heather Dougherty-Pantoja

My son’s Occupational Therapist, Jess, is an amazing OT! She gives practical tips on working with my son at home and school!

Terri Apgar

I cannot say enough good things about LLA Therapy. My daughter was a client of Teal Simmons’ for approximately 2 years and was just released from speech therapy! She was diagnosed with Apraxia in 2015 and worked with Teal twice a week. Through Teal’s application of PROMPT therapy, my daughter had age-appropriate speech after one year. All of the staff we interacted with at LLA were absolutely wonderful. They really care about what they do and making sure your child achieves their goals.

Kelli Geisler Davisson

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for my son as well as my family! My son always asks, "When can I go see Ms. Jeannine again, is it Monday??" He has also made huge gains in only 5 months! I would highly recommend LLA and have already shared my experience with friends looking for services!

Victoria Hansford-Price

We are so grateful for our Speech Therapist Ms.Teal. We have seen a great improvement with our sons confidence and communication abilities since we have started "Prompt" therapy. What we love the most about LLA and Ms. Teal is that Kohl feels comfortable and relaxed which has played a critical role in his progress. Thank you Ms. Teal for all you have done.

Laura Lee Hogsett

They have helped in numerous ways. Speech, OT and behavioral. I've had numerous compliments on my son's progress thanks in very large part to LLA. I would recommend LLA before I recommend our local children's hospitals, though they are good, they don't have the staff that LLA does.

Amy Furukawa

We had a great experience with Matt Hagge at LLA! Our Middle School age son was becoming very conscious of his voice, which is nasal due to a cleft palate. Matt helped him to better form his sounds and project his voice in a way that makes the unavoidable nasality less noticeable.Our son is more confident and outgoing & even took on a speaking role in the church play. Matt has the perfect personality to relate with our son, and we would recommend him to anyone needing speech therapy services!

Jessica Havalotti

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for our daughter. I would highly recommend LLA. Miss Grace was so amazing and I can't believe how quickly our daughter showed improvement. Thank you!
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