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Updating Your Sensory Room on a Budget

By Amanda Bartel, OT     If you are lucky enough to have space in your school or clinic for an individual sensory room, why not make the most of it?  I’m an OT at an elementary school that serves both general education students as well as students in our 12:1 special education classrooms.  We… Read more »

“Emma Watch” for patients with Parkinson’s Disease

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Artificial intelligence and other advancements in technology have been impacting the medical field more than some might have expected. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a prototype for a watch that decreases tremors in the wrist and hand for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Their product uses a combination of… Read more »

Reflections Part 9

By Dana Mandel     In my last related post in May, 2017, I described the first years of private practice as the Mandel Therapy Group and hiring the first employee, Patti Webb, PT.  It didn’t take very long before the administrative requirements of my growing practice began to overwhelm my ability to treat my… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Month 11

By Sarah White, Occupational Therapist Teddy, continues to attend dog obedience classes, while I have continued to do my homework in regards to understanding canine behavior and appropriate interactions between people and other animals. My last continuing education course titled Animal-Assisted Interventions: Accelerating the Therapeutic Alliance, presented by Christine Strayer Thornton, provided me with even more… Read more »

Reflections Part 8

By Dana Mandel       In my last related post in March, 2017, I described the first years of my practice as a physical therapist as an employee of a large preschool program, and treating my first private patients.  The number of private patients began to grow, and there were not enough hours available… Read more »

Dysgraphia (“Why can’t I write right?”)

by Lisa Lichak, OTR   Many people are familiar with learning and attention issues such as dyslexia and ADHD. Although dysgraphia may not be a familiar term, the symptoms of dysgraphia are not uncommon.   Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects how easily children acquire written language and how well they use written… Read more »

Lumbo-pelvic Pain: Coming from inside?

  by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT   Based on the most current evidence, physical therapy is the first line of treatment for low back pain. This is why if you walk into most physical therapy offices, you will find that a majority of the patients being seen are coming for low back or hip pain…. Read more »

Healthy Eating and the Picky Eater

    by Molly Osterhoudt, OTR   March is National Nutrition month. Many of us set weight loss goals for 2017, but don’t quite know how to change the eating habits that have held us back in past years. We can all use a little help making good food choices to get started and follow… Read more »

Transitioning Baby to Cup

  by Angela Grant Cerasaro MS, CCC-SLP   If you are breastfeeding and want to bottle feed as well: Breastfed babies should be introduced to a bottle before 6 weeks of age, and should use the bottle regularly (ideally at least once a day or at least 3-4 times per week). Allow the baby to… Read more »

Favorite Speech and Language Therapy Toy – Saxoflute

By Karla Eshelman MS, CCC-SLP Build it, blow it, turn it into a pretend hose, telescope, or phone.  The possibilities can be endless and many areas of speech and language development can be targeted. Here are some ideas to get you started! Oral-motor: Strengthen muscles and coordination needed for speech production Develop breath support, lip… Read more »

Reflections Part 7

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     In my last related post in February, 2017, I described my most influential clinical experience as a student at SUNY Stony Brook with Rick Johnson, PhD, PT, in Port Jefferson, NY.  The training I received with Rick made a lasting impression on me, and led to the present… Read more »

Lifespan Therapies & Hear2Learn Connect

Therapy practices collaborate to benefit more kids in need   March 24, 2017  – Lifespan Therapies, King Ferry, NY and Hear2Learn Syracuse, NY, signed a Reciprocal Services Agreement to offer much needed therapeutic evaluation services for children with special  needs in Cayuga, Onondaga and surrounding counties.   Reacting to a long waiting list for PT,… Read more »

From PT to Yogi: Learning to Meditate

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Growing up, a good family friend of mine had a meditation room, which was always the most fun room to play in as we could bang on her variety of singing bowls, and small gongs while throwing around pillows and cushions. This mother, always appeared so tranquil and… Read more »

ABA Blue Sky Center for Learning Training for Lifespan Therapists

by Mia Thomas PT, DPT     Friday March 17th, 2017 Lifespan Therapists came together for a 3 hour mini course on how to incorporate Applied Behavior Analysis techniques into their school based and early intervention treatment plans.   Jessie Kanowitz, Ithaca College alumna and director of behavioral services at the Blue Sky Center for… Read more »

Learning more about the challenges of a rural community

by Jessica Soule, Executive Director of the Cayuga Community Health Network   Cayuga Community Health Network partnered with Lifespan Therapies to learn more about challenges faced by rural communities in accessing and receiving health care. Eight community members came together for lunch February 10, 2017 to discuss the challenges and circumstances facing residents living in… Read more »