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How to Read to your Baby/Toddler

Read everyday

Try to set aside time to read to your baby/toddler daily. We all have busy schedules, but even setting
aside 10-15 minutes to read everyday can make a huge impact. Bedtime is a great time to read together!

Sit with and hold your child while you read

When reading with babies, hold and cuddle your baby while you read. If you are reading with a toddler,
have them sit in your lap so they can help you hold the book and turn the pages. Remember to find a
relaxing and comfortable place to read with minimal distractions.

Have fun with your voice

Using a singsong voice engages your child’s attention. If the book includes different characters, create
different voices for each character. Don’t be afraid to be a little silly while reading, use different voices,
sound effects, and body movements. This will only increase your child’s attention to the story and spark
their imagination.

Know when your child is done reading

There may be times when your child loses interest in the story and stops paying attention. This is okay. If
they are not enjoying the story just stop reading. As you continue to read with your child daily, even if
it’s just a couple of minutes, they will be able to sit for longer periods of time to listen to the story.

Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!

While reading, point to and talk about the pictures in the book. This will give our child a visual to go
along with their story. Sometimes, it’s best to just not read the words at all and tell the story through
the illustrations. Ask your toddler questions like “What is that called?” and “Who is that?” to keep them

Choose the right books

Have your toddler help you choose a book to read. For young children, especially, make sure the words
are simple. If you feel the text is too complicated, you can always change it to make hold your child’s
interest. Books that contain repetition or rhymes are always great! To encourage participation with
babies, use books that make noise, contain pop-up pictures, hidden flaps, and different textures.

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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.

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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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