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Lifespan Branches Out to Sponsor Coed Softball

Lifespan Therapies Softball team

By Ashley Valentine, PTA This year we have welcomed some new members to the Lifespan team by sponsoring a Coed Softball team!! Our team plays every Wednesday at Hopkins Park in Liverpool. The team is made up of ten wonderful and caring young adults,  looking to have fun and get outside this summer to play softball and… Read more »

April is Occupational Therapy Month

Every year in April, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students host a month-long celebration showcasing the importance of their profession. Occupational therapy is an evidenced-based profession that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest potential.  It could be by helping them promote health and prevent injury, or living… Read more »

Richard Schissel Retiring from Ithaca College

Richard Schissel, a beloved professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College, will be retiring this May.  He has served not only as a professor, but also as the undergraduate and graduate chair of the department for much of his career.  Many of the providers who work in the Early Intervention… Read more »

Classroom Management for Sensory Processing

More and more school districts are appreciating the importance of keeping students with special needs in their typical classroom as much as possible.  This practice benefits the child with special needs as well as the typically developing children in the classroom; however, in order to make it work some changes to the classroom often need… Read more »

Lifespan Therapies Training Day

On Friday, March 20th, while most school districts throughout central NY had a staff development day, Lifespan Therapies also had a staff development day of their own.  In the morning, all of our physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists, participated in training and discussion on documentation and caseload management.  In the afternoon,… Read more »

Ashley Valentine: What a year at Lifespan has been like

Ashley Valentine, PTA, has been with Lifespan Therapies for just over a year now. What are her thoughts on this past year? We asked her… “This past year has been great especially with it being my first job as a Physical Therapy Assistant out of college. I love working with the kids and seeing them… Read more »

Balance is the key to life

Do you feel unsteady on your feet?  You’re not alone!   As we age, our risk of falling increases, and one out of every three people aged 65 years or more will fall each year.  Women are more than two times more likely than men to sustain a fracture with a fall.   Falling puts… Read more »

The Child In Front of You

All of Lifespan Therapies physical therapists and assistants recently attended a continuing education seminar entitled “The Child in Front of You: A Case Study Approach for Pediatric Motor Therapists”.  This course presented an overview of four different diagnoses,  options on how to assess each one,  and several effective treatment strategies.  The covered diagnoses included: Cerebral… Read more »

Evidence Based Practice

It is critical for therapists, especially those who work with young children, to base their practice on the available evidence, or research.  One reason is that it is important for us to be able to communicate not only what we are doing with someone’s precious child, but also why we are doing it.  Families need… Read more »

Lifespan’s presence

As social media is a growing part of our daily lives, Lifespan Therapies is building our online presence.  Like, follow, or check back regularly for new postings including blogs, parent resources, job postings, therapy news, or ideas.   Website: Facebook: Lifespan Therapies, PLLC Linkedin: Lifespan Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Pathology Services,… Read more »

No child should die from a preventable accident

Unintentional injury is the number one cause of death in children.   Thanks to the Nationwide Superbowl ad, a lot of conversation has spawned regarding this.  One local organization that has made it their mission to decrease this statistic, presented today at a meeting I was present at.   Safe and Sound with Amaya is an… Read more »

We use our hands for almost everything! Keep them strong!

Are your hands tired from handwriting?  Try these simple exercises to relieve some of the muscle stress and gain hand strength to improve in-hand manipulation skills:                      Chair sit-ups- while seated, place hands on either side of your hips and push through them to raise your bottom up off of the chair. Press down hard… Read more »

News and Press Release from Arc of Onondaga

Arc of Onondaga and NYSARC need your help. We need to get the attention of the Governor and the Legislature. We need to let them know that they need to address the exploding crisis faced by families because New York State has effectively stopped developing new supports and services for people with developmental disabilities who… Read more »

Lifespan Mourns the Loss of Sharon Marshall

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, Lifespan learned of the passing of our former office manager, Sharon Marshall.   Sharon joined our practice in September, 1992 and served as our office manager until her retirement in February, 2012, a span of 20 years.  At the time of her hire, Lifespan was known as the Mandel Therapy… Read more »

Sports Concussion Testing

How can physical therapy help get you back in the game?   Playing sports is a fun way for students to stay active, be a part of a team, and learn the rules and strategies of their chosen activity.  However, staying safe during practices and games is vital to ensuring continued enjoyment and participation in… Read more »

Container Baby Syndrome

Over the past few years, there has been a growing national epidemic of developmental delays in otherwise normal infants.  This epidemic is referred to as container baby syndrome (CBS) or bucket baby syndrome.  CBS is a collection of movement disorders, behavior disorders, and other problems that are the result of the infant spending too much time… Read more »

Traumatic Brain Injury during Winter Sports

During the winter months there are many outdoor activities to stay active in Central New York, from skiing and snowboarding to ice hockey and snowmobiling.  However, many of these sports pose dangerous situations, including slippery ice, large and sharp equipment, poor visibility, and travelling at high speeds.  There are an estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports-related traumatic… Read more »

Autism and Anxiety

The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has increased dramatically in the last 10 years making families, therapists, and the general public much more aware of this diagnosis.  As I travel around the country and speak to groups of clinicians, administrators, and families, I find that many folks are not aware of the need to… Read more »