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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 »

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 »

Therapist Update: Clinical Instructor Certification

Lifespan Therapies, PLLC understands the importance of participating in the clinical education programs for speech, occupational, and physical therapies. Taking students is not only a great opportunity to help our therapists revisit some of their technical skills, but it is one of the best ways to give back to our professions. Our therapists can help… Read more »

Stuttering in Preschool Years:

By Angela Cerasaro, MS, CCC-SLP     What is stuttering? Stuttering is when children repeat phrases, words or syllables over and over (eg, “I-I-I-I saw a dog”), make long, prolonged sounds (eg, “I ssssssssaw a dog”), have speech “stoppages” or “blocks” where no sounds come out (e.g., “I saw a d——og.”).  Stuttering can start quite… Read more »

Sensory and Motor Learning in preschool

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Sensory processing disorder (SPD) has been getting a lot of attention in the medical community recently, but it is important to note that anyone can feel over or under stimulated. Typically, those of us without SPD work within an optimal level of arousal, where we can focus on… Read more »

Creating Your Classroom

By Mia Thomas PT, DPT     It can be difficult to adapt your classroom to fit the needs of all your kids, but there are certain things you might want to consider to increase the success of your students, especially if you have any with sensory sensitivities. Tuck it away – decrease any visual… Read more »

Lifespan Receives Approval as a Medicaid Service Bureau

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     In March, 2016, the Medicaid reimbursement process for the School Supportive Health Services Program underwent a dramatic change.  School districts requesting reimbursement from Medicaid for services covered by this program may no longer use the Central New York Information Center (CNYRIC) as a contractor for submitting SSHSP claims… Read more »

Stay compliant with new CPT Codes!

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Another year and another bunch of changes with coding and billing. Medicare caps continue to increase, to $1,980; Physician Quality Reporting System (more commonly known to practitioners as PQRS) is no longer required; and the biggest change of all, new evaluation and re-evaluation coding is upon us.  … Read more »

Button Chain Activity

By Sara Niver OTR/L A fun activity for occupational therapists, teachers, and parents to work on fine motor precision, self-help skills, and sequential directions!   The button chain is a wonderful tool for children to practice buttoning while also working on a variety of other skills! *It is important to keep in mind the developmental… Read more »

Top 5 Blog Posts Read in 2016

1. Implementing Sensory Rooms in Schools For children with sensory processing disorder or sensory integration disorder, the sights and sounds of school can be overwhelming. Lockers slamming, people rushing through hallways, the voices of teachers and peers…all of these things can be upsetting and impact a child’s ability to pay attention and participate in the… Read more »

Happy New Year! 2017 Highlights

BY DANA MANDEL, PT, PCS     2016 was a very successful year for our practice and we are looking forward to continuing to provide cost-effective, comprehensive, and compliant related services in the least restrictive environments during 2017.  A few highlights of our plans for 2017 are as follows:   Continue to develop our database… Read more »

Holiday Toy Guide

By Lisa Lichak, OTR/L     With the holiday season in full swing, the search for the perfect gift begins. While visions of sugarplums (and elusive Hatchimals) dance in children’s heads, gift buyers wade through catalogs, store ads, websites, and aisles upon aisles of toy selections. With all of the choices, several companies and organizations… Read more »

Low Back Bracing Options

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Approximately 50% of working American’s report low back pain, and approximately 20% of persons with acute low back pain will go on to get chronic low back pain. One may think with these numbers there are a plethora of options available to help manage arthritis and low back… Read more »