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October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

In recognition of Spina Bifida Awareness month, here is some information regarding this condition:   What is Spina Bifida: Typically, the spinal cord is formed and completely closed by the end of the first month of pregnancy.  Spina Bifida occurs when the spinal cord is not completely formed, with possible protrusion of the cord outside… Read more »

Building Fine Motor Skills

As an Occupational Therapist, I am often asked for suggestions from parents on how to help their children succeed in achieving fine motor developmental milestones.  Fine motor skill is the coordination of small muscle movements which occur in smaller body parts such as the wrists, hands, and fingers.   Fine motor skills are achieved when… Read more »

October is National Physical Therapy Month

National Physical Therapy Month is hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association each October to recognize how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.   Physical therapy can transform lives. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t misconceptions surrounding physical therapy.   Throughout this October, National Physical… Read more »

Introducing “Parent Resource Guides”

Lifespan Therapies offers a variety of services including support to parents, caregivers, teachers, classroom staff, administrators, and other professionals. To further support the needs of children, Lifespan Therapies has added a new feature to our website as well as a new board on Pinterest. The“Parent Resource Guide” is designed to provide information to aide caregivers… Read more »

Autism conference: Recent Advances in Evidence-Based Interventions for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

The University at Albany Center for Autism and Related Disabilities is now accepting registration for its 13th annual autism conference: Recent Advances in Evidence-Based Interventions for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum taking place on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Albany, NY.  The goal of the conference is to disseminate information on evidence-based interventions and practices… Read more »

What you Need to Know about Concussions

  As children are heading back to school and after-school sports, it is important to set them up not only for success in the classroom, but also safety during sports. Whether their sport is cheerleading, soccer, or football, recognizing the signs of a concussion is crucial to preserving brain function.     What is a… Read more »

Key points on “Behaviors that make us crazy”

Tantrums, running away/out, noncompliance, nagging, refusing to work/help, yelling/screaming, bullying, panic/anxiety reactions, lack of follow through, and not following directions make teachers, school staff, and parents crazy.  The following key points on how to deal with these behaviors was presented by Scott D. Walls, MA, LIPC, CCMHC  in an audio seminar.   The quickest way to… Read more »

The Alert Program for Self-regulation

This summer, I completed the online course for The Alert Program.  It contained all the content from their live, two day conferences in 18 online modules that you could watch anytime from the comfort of your own home during the course of four weeks.   I had previously read the How Does Your Engine Run?,… Read more »

What you didn’t know about play

Play is and has been an important function in life as we know it today.  Play has driven some of humanities greatest achievements, whereas the lack of play is found to attribute to the rise of various medical and social disorders.   Major scientific discoveries occurred as the result of a child playing.  A young… Read more »

Schools Community Model Engages 100 Professionals In Auburn Schools

On June 5, Auburn Enlarged City School District superintendent Constance Evelyn delivered the keynote speech at the Cayuga County Community Health Network’s Mind, Body and Spirit Luncheon in Auburn, NY.  Her speech was motivating, challenging, inspiring, insightful, and educational from the perspective of one who has dedicated his career to improving the lives of children… Read more »

Shadow World

Many years ago I had the pleasure of working with a teenage boy with Autism.  Although there have been many since, I was inspired and amazed at how he walked through life.  His sensory perceptions were so disordered that ordinary sights, sounds, smells, taste, movement, and touch could be downright painful for him.  He would… Read more »

Lifespan Therapies is expanding!

Lifespan Therapies is about to begin construction of an addition to our office in King Ferry.  The additional space will improve our ability to provide quality patient care, improve our workflow, accommodate our expanding patient caseload and increasing number of therapists, provide a conference room and space for staff training and community education programs, and… Read more »

Make the Most of Story Time

Reading a bedtime story or a favorite book (or re-reading it for the millionth time) can be a bonding experience for parents and children, but  story time is also the perfect time to teach and develop language skills.  Here are some strategies and things to keep in mind  to help you turn story time into… Read more »

Demystifying Autism conference attended

Everyone wishes to be heard.  What if you couldn’t be heard?  What if your body didn’t allow you to vocalize your thoughts?  What would you do? How would you behave?  William Stillman describes this and much more in his presentation Demystifying Autism.  I attended his presentation in Syracuse, NY, in May 2014.  As a professional… Read more »

Join In! Speech Therapy Strategies of Parents

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I often have discussions with parents on how much carry-over activities done at home contribute to the success of their child.  I often encourage “floor time,” during which parents spend at least 20-30 minutes per day playing with their child, using the strategies learned in sessions.   The following strategies and… Read more »

Toys for Speech and Language Development

High-tech toys are the norm these days.  Toy aisles are filled with plastic toys that light up, make sounds, and claim to teach shapes, colors, letters and numbers.  But as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I disagree.  These toys teach kids that when you push a button, something lights up or makes a sound.  Concepts such as… Read more »