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Water, Water, Water! Fun Activities To Try With Your Family

Let’s talk about the warm weather that we are having! The sun is shining down, the spring showers are ending and summer is near! This means vacation to camp sites, lakes, beaches, and even a staycation to the pool in the backyard!  If you are looking for highly effective activities for your family, then get in the water!

Throughout the year we walk, run, and jump on hard surfaces. We deal with gravity pushing us down onto the Earth’s surface, which makes our joints compress together. In contrast, water is naturally buoyant. When we complete activities, such as swimming, water aerobics, and even playing a round of Marco Polo, our joints decompress and we almost feel weightless. The activity is low-impact and great for any child or adult who suffers from degenerative conditions or joint pain. Water has also been shown to increase blood circulation and reduce blood pressure.

If your family heads out to the lake, river, or ocean for some family fun, why not give canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, boogie boarding, and even standup paddle boarding a try. When participating in these activities, you and your family will address the following:

  • Physical Strength
  • Endurance
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Sensory exploration
  • Play skills
  • Social skills
  • Enhance mental health
  • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Prevention of excess fat gain

The most important area that you will address is creating new memories with your family! If you are interested in water activities for your family, then look no further than the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Last summer/fall I discovered the Hinckley Lake Boathouse in Hinckley, Ohio and attempted standup paddle boarding for the first time. At this location you can bring your own watercraft, rent kayaks, paddle boards, row boats, pontoons, canoes, etc. Please remember safety first and always wear appropriately fitted life vests when in or on the water.

-Brittany Stout, MOT, OTR/L

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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!

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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