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Complete Homework and Practice Speech at the Same Time

The school year is a very busy time for most families. Evenings are often packed with homework, family dinner, ballet classes, football practice, bath time and if there is time getting some speech practice worked in somewhere. Following are some suggestions on how to incorporate speech practice into your child’s regularly assigned school homework.

Articulation practice

Articulation practice is probably the easiest to incorporate into nightly homework. Find words containing your child’s speech sound on worksheets and practice them while completing the worksheet. Most children are asked to read daily which is a perfect time to look and listen for speech sounds and repeat them either at the single word, phrase, sentence or even reading level. Written work is another great place to look for articulation sounds (especially since a child may misspell the word with their target sound).

Following Directions

If your child has goals of following directions, homework is a great time to practice this skill. You can ask them to get materials to complete their homework, follow the written directions on a worksheet, and break larger tasks into simpler directions.


If you child struggles with reading comprehension or the ability to answer wh-questions, utilizing the daily assigned readings is a fantastic way to work in some practice. Using short stories or information in their school books helps foster this skill. Another hidden place for comprehension is within math story problems (i.e., what are they wanting to find out).

Pragmatic (Social) Language

This can be targeted through demonstrating/re-enforcing the appropriate way to ask for help or to get attention. As children get older they are often assigned group work which presents the opportunity to remind your child how to be a good member of a group.

Expressive Language

This skill can easily be targeted by asking your child to use complete sentences when answering questions, utilizing the vocabulary in your student’s curriculum to create sentences, or use synonyms/antonyms, etc.


Fluency can be targeted during nightly readings, reading the directions on a worksheet, answering questions orally, or formulating sentences with vocabulary or spelling words.


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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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