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The Whole Family Approach Begins

The LLA Therapy story begins over 30 years ago when Denise Sawan Caruso founded Language Learning Associates in Fairlawn, OH. Denise, a skilled speech-language pathologist, set the stage with what was to come with LLA Therapy due to her “whole family” approach.

Understanding that communication does not occur in a vacuum at the clinic, she emphasized that parent education and empowerment are equally as important to treatment for helping kids develop speech and language skills across all environments.

A Family Passion for Helping Special Needs Kids Blossoms

In the meantime, current owner, Troy McClowry, was developing his own passion for helping kids. Troy’s uncle, a speech-language pathologist, encouraged Troy to enter the field. In college while studying to be an SLP, Troy began working at a special needs camp called Camp Sue Osborn in Burton, OH. Troy would later meet his wife, an intervention specialist, Rachel, at Camp Sue. Eventually they took over the leadership of camp, running the program together for 10 years. Troy and Rachel believe that any kid, no matter their situation, can achieve anything they set their minds to with the right opportunity, support, and environment. In keeping with that belief, LLA Therapy employs teens and adults with special needs for support roles across their facilities to this day.

Language Learning Associates Changes Hands and Grows

After graduating Troy took his first job at Language Learning Associates with Denise, and eventually became owner. His goal was to take Denise’s vision to a whole new level. In 2011, Language Learning Associates acquired PRN Therapy allowing the practice to expand its service offerings to include occupational and physical therapy. He opened two additional clinics to make services more accessible throughout the region, and he prioritized community involvement by increasing service offerings to local schools and entities. Since Language Learning Associates was now doing much more than speech therapy, Troy decided to drop the “Language Learning” moniker changing the name of the practice to simply: “LLA Therapy”.

Helping Kids Shine Their Brightest – the Mission of LLA Therapy

By 2021, LLA Therapy expanded its service offerings to include behavior and reading therapy, they opened their 4th clinic location in Mentor, OH, and they have eclipsed over 100 school and community partnerships across 18 northeast Ohio counties. The company prides itself on being owned and operated by a team of therapists and educational professionals; and to this day, emphasizes a whole family approach to each and every patient and student seen by our clinicians.

Our Mission

is to set the standard for state of the art clinical and ethical therapy services in all venues serviced by our clinicians. Our work improves the lives of our clients and their families, supports the professional growth of clinicians, and creates a nurturing, supportive atmosphere.

Simply put: our number one goal is to Help Kids Shine Their Brightest!

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Patient Reviews

LLA Therapy

Patient Reviews

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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