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Preparing for Thanksgiving Part 6

This is part 6 of a 10 part series by our parent contributor, Beth Lattime. She continues with her advice for parents with kids who may have sensory needs. Read part 5 here

How can you child directly or indirectly contribute to Thanksgiving?

Every. Single. Human. Being. Has. A. Purpose. If your child is confined to a wheelchair or nonverbal, are they less than Aunt Pam’s all star son who has a plethora of labels on HIS varsity jacket? Varsity jackets are symbolic, aren’t they? Do we have to have the embroidered letters to symbolize that we have made “it”? Consider the joy that your child has and brings to your life. Who have you met as a result of your child? How can you share your child’s life to your family in a way that build your family up instead of down?

           I have met a crazy amount of people on my son’s journey. Many of them make me laugh and have helped me grow into a better parent and professional to others. This is noteworthy. My family is thrilled that I have connected to fabulous speech therapists, occupation therapists, physical therapists, doctors, teachers….the list goes on and on. My son’s service providers tops out at around 15 people. That is a lot of Christmas presents, right? These folks make my days brighter and make me laugh and listen to me cry. I love talking about my OT’s lunch dates with my son at school. Jokingly, I address her as Sally and ask her how Harry behaved for her (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s classic 90’s movie for those of you who can’t keep up with me). I continue my comedy as I share these stories with my extended family. It brings them into the craziness that is my world with my son. Try similar strategies with your family. What do you have to lose?

*Beth Lattime, M. Ed. is a developmental specialist and intervention specialist. Her professional experiences span over classroom, clinical, home-based, and recreational environments. She can now proudly add her own natural environments to her list of experiences. Ethan was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms in 2012 which is a rare type of epilepsy and had a former diagnosis of dysphasia. He is currently undergoing intensive therapies at LLA for apraxia and deficits in the arenas of physical and occupational therapy as well. For more on Beth’s story, visit
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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!

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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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