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Bubble wrap for building fine motor skills?

Bubble wrap is not just for packaging your fragile items!  Children and adults alike seem to get satisfaction from popping these fun bubbles of air.  It is even said to be a form of stress relief.   Our children and students can actually develop fine motor skills by using their thumb and index finger to… Read more »

Let’s help handwriting be fun!

Typical comments heard about messy handwriting:    “His handwriting is disastrous.” “His handwriting is unreadable.” “Her handwriting is so terrible they have created an IEP so she can keyboard.” “Handwriting was really hard. I type now.” “I have really messy handwriting.”   There are several prerequisites to the task of handwriting.  These readiness factors needed… Read more »


Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition that affects about 26 million Americans.  It is characterized by elevated levels of glucose in the body, due to defects in insulin secretion by the pancreas, the inability of the body’s cells to use the insulin that the pancreas secretes, or both.  When there is an issue with insulin… Read more »

Direct Access to Physical Therapy Services

Do you have an ache or pain and do not want to go to the doctor?  Do you want to learn what exercises you should be performing at home to prevent injuries and pain?  Did you wake up with a stiff neck and want immediate relief?  Call and schedule a physical therapy appointment using the… Read more »

The Vestibular System and Vertigo

I recently attended a course in Syracuse, NY, dedicated to understanding and treating conditions of the vestibular system.  Certain conditions of the vestibular system could be effectively treated by a physical therapist and I wanted to become more familiar with all of the techniques.   The vestibular system is a tiny system of 3 fluid-filled… Read more »

Making a Difference with Everyday Items

This past fall, I had the opportunity to attend a course called “Making a Difference with Everyday Items: Assistive Technology Solutions and Adaptation in Minutes”.  The course was on October 2nd, at Ithaca College, and as a new physical therapist, it was the perfect way to learn creative, quick, and inexpensive ways to improve the… Read more »

Brain Gym Training

Lifespan Therapies physical therapy assistant, Beth Foster,  recently gave a presentation to the elementary school teachers of the Port Byron School District regarding Brain Gym.  Brain Gym was developed by Paul Dennison, Ph.D., an expert in child motor development.     Brain Gym uses simple motor movements to enhance whole brain learning abilities.  The movements are similar to… Read more »

2015 Medicare Therapy Cap

  Effective January 1, 2015, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will be implementing a financial limitation, or CAP, totaling $1940 for Medicare Part B outpatient services for physical, occupational, and speech therapy.   The Medicare CAP is as follows for outpatient rehabilitation services: The Medicare Part B deductible for 2015 is $147… Read more »

Training Provided by Lifespan Therapies

Lisa Lichak, one of Lifespan Therapies Occupational Therapists, has recently provided a presentation entitled Making Sense Out of Sensory Processing to the Jordan-Elbridge and Auburn school districts as part of their staff development.  School districts have seen a rise in the number of students who have difficulties processing sensory information such that school staff have… Read more »

Version 1.0 Complete

Lifespan Therapies has achieved their next technological milestone!   Lifespan Therapies has developed software that is a proprietary, custom designed database that tracks all aspects of clinical care, documentation, employee records, and communications specifically designed to meet the needs of special education departments.   This database was previously a program which lived only on each therapist’s… Read more »

What is the “Interoceptive Sense”?

We often think of our basic external senses such as hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, and touching when we think about our ability to interpret the world around us.  Yet, few of us have heard about the interoceptive sense.  This is a sense we are unconscious of, yet works to regulate our bodies every second of… Read more »

“Wash your hands, cook your food, and wear a helmet.”

              Maureen Sheehan, BA, RN,MS, CPNP, presents important information of childhood neurology : Children should never go backwards in development. In terms of motor response in a developing child, all extremities should move equally, spontaneously, and voluntarily.  Hand preference should not develop before age one. Head circumference: Within the… Read more »

Pacifiers: a SLP’s Opinion

As a Speech-Language Pathologist working in early intervention, pacifiers or “binkies” are a familiar sight.  They are must-haves for many parents due to their capacity to soothe a crying baby or frustrated toddler.  For infants, the sucking reflex is very strong—many babies suck their thumbs before they are even born, and pacifiers can be very… Read more »

Sensory Awareness Month

The month of October is Sensory Awareness Month.  As an occupational therapist, I work with children that struggle with sensory processing on a daily basis.   Sensory processing is the ability to take in, organize, and process information received from the environment and/or our body and use it in a functional manner.  Sensory information enters… Read more »

Animals and Humans: The Sensory Connection

https:// Watch the above  video posted on facebook and you will get that soft feeling in your heart that all animal and kid lovers get.  The connection between human and animal has been studied for many years. However, it has been Temple Grandin’s many years of research that have really brought new light to the subject…. Read more »

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a chance to spread awareness, advocacy, and inclusion throughout the community.  We celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. Meet Zach.  Zach is playful, funny, smart, personable, social, happy, and loving.  He is just like any other 7 year old boy, except that… Read more »