Activities for Improved Handwriting

by Christine Morgan, COTA     Handwriting has a long history that started with cave drawings; over thousands of years it has developed into the more abstract symbols and letters, that we are familiar with today, which help us convey our thought processes, communicate, and store information.   Handwriting is a important skill we use… Read more »

Exercises for Glute Strengthening

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT   So often, therapists are prescribing some sort of gluteal exercise as they are such as integral part of stabilization during so many different movement patterns. However, the exercises commonly prescribed typically are not the most effective at targeting the muscles we desire, like the gluteus medius and gluteus maximus…. Read more »

Run your Heart out, but don’t Forget to Strengthen!

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Through practice and life I have found that runners are some of the most resistant to recognizing injuries and taking action about recovering from them. It stinks to have to decrease your mileage due to injuries, but it is also not worth pushing through as those extra miles… Read more »

Yoga Power Poses to Rock 2018

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT       As a yoga teacher I am always looking for a theme to present during my classes and with the new year I wanted to find something to rock my student’s mats for their first practice of 2018.   Most of the beliefs about ourself and our relationship… Read more »

The Gift of Life

by Dana Mandel I have been donating blood since I was in high school.  I wanted to start sooner, and I passed the minimum weight requirement when I was 10 years old.  The Red Cross made me wait until I was 16, and that was only with parental consent.   I have donated blood in… Read more »

High Functioning Autism Conference

by Kim Stevens, OTR/L What are public displays of behavior in children?  Answer: Embarrassing for parents…disruptive for teachers…a long-term goal for therapists.  Public displays of behaviors are the activities, noises, and/or movements children engage in when they are bored, overstimulated, or even extremely happy.  The problem lies in the public image of what is appropriate behavior…. Read more »

Holidays: How to keep kids sanity without losing yours!

by service coordinator, Helen Littlejohn     At this time of year as we plan for celebrations, children can easily pick up from you and any other adults around them the added stress.  This can lead to unwanted behaviors at an already stressful time of the year. Having a game plan can assist in making… Read more »

Awaken the Senses!

by Margaret Vence, PT, DPT, Executive Director     We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. This time of year awakens our senses with the taste and smell of festive foods, the feel of the cool breezes on our skin and the look and sounds of the colorful rustling leaves falling from the trees. We… Read more »

Bilateral hand coordination craft for the Holiday Season

By Sara Niver Check out this awesome holiday craft to work on bilateral hand coordination, pincer grasp, and cutting/snipping! This pie craft could be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas! What you need: Paper: orange (pumpkin), red (cherry/apple), purple/blue (mixed berry) Scissors (adaptive or regular) Thin cardboard (for the crust) Pencil Glue stick and/or squeeze glue… Read more »

Screen Time for Kids: What To Do Instead?

by Angela Grant Cerasaro, MS-CCC, SLP     The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their recommendations for screen time viewing for children last year. The AAP continues to recommend no or minimal screen time for children under the age of 2, and if screens are used for this age group it should be limited… Read more »

Step Safely This Winter

Margaret Vence, PT, DPT, GCS     Autumn is an exciting time of year at Lifespan Therapies with school starting, the weather changing and the holidays approaching. We love this time of year as we return to area preschools and grade schools to work with the staff and students to provide care and optimize function…. Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog- one full year down!

by Sarah White, OT Well, I feel that a lot has happened since my previous post as well as a little has happened.  Here is what is new: Teddy passed his Canine Good Citizen Test.  This does not mean too much, other than validation that he is a good doggy in public. It also keeps… Read more »

#ChoosePT: What we do and why we do it

by Mia Thomas, DPT     Physical therapists are trained to be masters of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems, that means we know how your bones and muscles all connect and what role your nervous system plays in movements. In more recent years the physical therapy profession has advanced from a masters level degrees to… Read more »

Custom Seating for Patients

by Margaret Vence, PT     As a therapist new to the pediatric physical therapy world, it has been valuable to observe seasoned therapist practicing in the field and to attend continuing education courses to learn all the intricacies to maximize function for our pediatric clients. Recently, I was able to attend a course offered… Read more »

Therapeutic Benefits of ADHD Friendly Spaces

by guest blogger, Jane Sandwood   Many therapists report to having seen an increase in patients with ADHD in recent years. And while boys are still three times more likely to be diagnosed than girls, the diagnosis of ADHD among both girls and women has the fastest rise. The increased awareness of ADHD and the fact… Read more »

Reflection: Genesee Elementary School Open House

On Tuesday September 26th, Ashley Valentine, PTA and Cynthia Wood, OTA were able to attend the afternoon Open House at Genesee Elementary School to represent Lifespan Therapies, PLLC. Even with the 90 degree temperatures, kids and parents picked inside the school with excitement. Many people stopped by to ask great questions, such as: What services does… Read more »

Therapist Workshop Reflection

By Ken Sargent, CCC-SLP   Non-medication interventions for ADHD, Autism, and Sensory Processing Impairments Held on August 15, 2017 at Crowne Plaza, Syracuse, New York The title of this workshop, as noted above, was Non-medication interventions for ADHD, Autism, and Sensory Processing Impairments.  Given the increasing frequency of our school-aged individuals diagnosed with the above… Read more »