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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 »

Bracing Algorithms

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Are you Unsure of your Bracing Choices?   It can be difficult as a new practitioner, whether it be physical therapist, occupational therapist, orthotist, or physician, to be completely confident when you recommend a orthotics to one of your patients. Fortunately, there are multiple online platforms now available… Read more »

Jack-o-Lantern Synonyms & Antonyms

By Christina Noon, CCC-SLP     Here is fun and festive activity to help target language skills! (Click to Download) This activity targets antonyms and synonyms, an important language concept for all school aged kiddos to work on. They are essential to vocabulary development, and can help children decode unfamiliar words in speech and in… Read more »

Losing a Limb, But Not a Life

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Our Pediatric and Outpatient Physical Therapist, Mia Thomas, PT, DPT, was able to attend the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this year; this even not only offered a plethora of lectures about all different areas of orthotics and prosthetics, but it also gave her the… Read more »

Reflections – Part 4

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »

Arthritis is Growing in Everyone

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Today one in every two people in the United States have osteoarthritis (OA), that is twice as much as the one in every four in Europe. This number is especially high right now as our baby boomers are aging and obesity rates are rising.   Upon being diagnosed… Read more »

Are you Billing your Best?

 By Mia Thomas PT, DPT     Billing is a mysterious creature that many therapists must learn on the job, and typically they learn from untrained peers or through clinical instructors. Learning from individuals that do not specialize in medical billing or coding can pass down bad habits and may prevent therapists from learning about… Read more »

What Is OT?

By Kelsey Bowerman     In 1917, the occupational therapy profession began with the founding of The National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy, now known as the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).   This organization certifies and accredits all practicing Occupational Therapists in the United States. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective… Read more »

End of the Gap Elimination Adjustment

From Dana’s Desk     Our local school districts received some very good news recently. New York State Senate has finally killed the Gap Elimination Adjustment that had reduced the amount of aid to school districts for the past six years.   The cutback in State aid instituted in 2010 led school districts to eliminate… Read more »

Is My Child Walking Funny?

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     It can be intimidating being a new parent, watching your first child develop and thinking… are they doing this right? Sometimes it is even your second child, where you watch them grow and realize it is not quite how your first toddler looked; but that does not always… Read more »

Screen Time for Kids: What To Do Instead?

By Angela Grant Cerasaro, MS-CCC, SLP       The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no or minimal screen time for children under the age of 2. For preschoolers and older children, the AAP has established guidelines as to how to limit screen time, and recommends that regardless of content, children 2 and older should not… Read more »

Mentoring Brings Growth to Everyone

by Lisa Lichak, OTR/L –  This fall, Lifespan Therapies welcomed four new occupational therapists and a certified occupational therapy assistant. Three of these new hires are recent graduates. Each works independently in an assigned school or schools, providing direct therapy services to children with special needs who are often part of a typical classroom setting… Read more »

The Importance of a Mentor

by Dana Mandel, PT, PCS –    As a senior physical therapy student at SUNY Stony Brook, I had the privilege to learn from a very skilled and talented physical therapist, Rick Johnson.  Rick was my clinical supervisor as well as the instructor for our advanced Neuroscience course. In addition to his responsibilities as an instructor… Read more »

Classroom Inclusion Presentation

Lifespan In-Service Day Features Inclusion in the Classroom Presentation Lifespan Therapies’ therapists and office staff gathered on September 2 for an annual in-service training and kick off for the 2015-16 school year. Training for the day included HIPPA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and UP – OSHA Universal Precautions for infection control measures…. Read more »

Effects of Screen Addiction

by Nicole LeFever, MS, CCC-SLP  and Molly Osterhoudt, OTR/L Excessive use of electronics is on the rise. Studies show that children spend more time on computers and electronics these days with less and less time spent playing outside, reading a book, or socializing with peers. Children as young as two are being introduced to electronics… Read more »

David’s Refuge – A Parent’s Perspective

Davids Refuge

A couple of months ago, my husband and I were featured in an article written by Syracuse.com and the Post Standard about our very large family. We had 4 children biologically and 8 special needs adopted children. When the article came out I received a life changing phone call from Warren Pfohl who, with his… Read more »