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Remedies for the Hibernation Blues

The cold weather finally hit Ohio! With these cold months comes the challenge of keeping children entertained. Here are some activities to keep the hibernation blues for all family members at bay.

 1.   Time capsule

– Create a time capsule of current memories and ideas to open at a later date.

– Pick and decorate a mason jar, empty milk or pop bottle, coffee can, or shoe box to hold your treasures. 

– Choose trinkets, photos, toys, artwork, tickets, and questionnaires to fill the time capsule. It can be fun to have each family member answers questions and jot them down to place in the capsule. Example questions: What is your favorite activity? Who is your best friend? What do you want to be when you grow up? What is your least favorite food? Who is your favorite singer/band? What are you looking forward to?

– Pick a hiding spot to keep the capsule until the decided date to open it.

2.  Make an indoor picnic

– Pick a time for the picnic

– Gather items for the picnic: beloved stuffed animals, blankets, paper plates, etc.

– Have the children help pick the menu and pack the basket (a laundry basket can make a great pretend picnic basket)

– This can be a great time to sit as a family and chat. The new environment versus the dinner table can help children to stay engaged and share stories.

3. Host a family cook-off

– Pick a theme for the cook-off. Examples: dessert, sundaes, chili, smoothies, hot cocoa, sandwiches, etc.

– Buy a variety of ingredients that each person can choose from

– Let the children create their own masterpieces. This will help them to feel excited about their accomplishments, increase independence, and promote following directions.

-Once the food is prepared, have each family member taste your creation!


4.  Create an indoor campout

– Build a fort or use your actual tent indoors.

– Set up blankets and sleeping bags.

– Use lanterns and other camp props. Your child will love to use their imagination with this.

– Cook a camp-inspired meal and make s’mores using the microwave or oven.

– Light your fireplace for a camp atmosphere.

– Star gaze out the windows or make a scavenger hunt throughout the house.

By Kelly Dugan

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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.

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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!

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