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Speech, Language and the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible to us! The eclipse is a perfect opportunity to help continue to build your child’s speech and language skills. Here are some ideas to try:

Start off by explaining to your child about the definition of a solar eclipse. Remember to keep your definition simple! For example, you could say “a solar eclipse is when the moon covers the sun for a short period of time”. Show some pictures of what a solar eclipse looks like in order to make your explanation as meaningful as possible.

If our child shows interest, you may want to explore more videos and images together. Take a visit to some local museums to explore our solar system and sculptures that may relate to the eclipse and our solar system. There will be many events going on during the weekend as well. We recommend checking out SolarFest: Eclipse Family Fun Days at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History! The event is held on April 6th and 7th offering family-friendly fun to gear up for the eclipse. For more information, visit

It is extremely important to educate your child about safety precautions that we need to take during the eclipse. Scientists and medical professionals are highly recommending using protective eyewear while viewing the eclipse. Looking at the eclipse without protective eyewear can cause severe and permanent damage to our eyes. 

Most kids love crafts and to recreate events. You can finger paint a paper plate together to make it look like the moon is covering the sun. Recreate the eclipse by using a ball and flashlight.

Lastly, there are many books to check out to gear up for the event! Check out your local library, or search the titles and authors on Youtube. 

Solar Eclipse Books for Younger Kids

  • A Few Beautiful Minutes: Experiencing a Solar Eclipse by Kate Allen Fox
  • Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story by Jayme Sandberg
  • Sun & Moon: A Giant Love Story by Lisa Desimini
  • ABC’s of Solar Eclipse by Daniel Hallback

Solar Eclipse Books for Older Kids

  • What Is a Solar Eclipse? (part of the Who HQ Now series) by Dana Meachen
  • Totality!: An Eclipse Guide in Rhyme and Science by Jeffrey Bennett (better for older kids)
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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!

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My son’s Occupational Therapist, Jess, is an amazing OT! She gives practical tips on working with my son at home and school!

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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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