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Thirty Million Words Project

“Kids aren’t born smart, they’re made smart.  They’re made smart by their parents talking with them”, believes Diane Suskin, the creator of the Thirty Million Words Project.   The Thirty Million Words Project takes its name from a 1995 study that found that children from low-income homes hear 30 million fewer words by the time… Read more »

National Physical Therapy month

 At Lifespan Therapies, we provide physical therapy services across the lifespan.  These services are provided in multiple settings including the home, day care centers, schools, and out-patient office depending on the needs of the client.  To get to know our Physical Therapists visit our staff page.   What can physical therapy do for you?  Physical… Read more »

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 classroom.   Sensory processing disorder is… Read more »

Dana Mandel speaks at Cayuga County Legislature meeting

  On Tuesday, 9/24/13, Cayuga County passed some “preliminary” legislation to limit the exposure of children to tobacco industry marketing techniques. Follow the link to the article and view the video clip of Dana Mandel, physical therapist and President of Lifespan Therapies, speaking at the Cayuga County Legislature meeting.  

Youth Smoking

I recently had a conversation with Deborah Mendzef, the Tobacco Program Coordinator for the Cayuga Community Health Network.  She shared the following facts with me about youth smoking:   Youth smoking is a big problem. According to the Surgeon General, tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic in the United States. 3.6 million youth are currently… Read more »

Back to Class: Ensuring a Smooth Transition

Going back to school can be exciting.  Fresh school supplies, new teachers, new classmates and friends.  But for many children, going back to school (and going to school for the first time) can be difficult.   Here are some tips and ideas parents can use to help kids ease back into the classroom: • Talk… Read more »

Identify the Signs

      This fall, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is launching a national campaign to raise awareness about warning signs of early childhood speech, hearing, and language disorders. ASHA ‘s “Identify the Signs” campaign will include TV, radio, and printed public service announcements as well as a website and increased news coverage.   The… Read more »

Educational Impact: Beyond Grades

“How does the child’s disability impact his or her education?” This is a common question heard in Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings when determining what to include in a student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) and one that can be difficult to answer when educational success is defined by grades and test scores.   Making… Read more »

Early Intervention Program in Jeopardy

The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP), which provides therapeutic and support services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, is in jeopardy. The services currently provided through the EIP include: • family education and counseling, home visits, and parent support groups • special instruction • speech pathology and audiology • occupational… Read more »

Kids outdoor furniture recalled

If you bought this cute outdoor furniture for your kids, please discontinue its use.  The cute furniture may pose a health threat to you and your children.  The red surface paint on the furniture contains excessive levels of lead, a violation of the federal lead paint standard.  Lead poisoning can be very serious, affecting mental and… Read more »

Look, Touch, Listen, and Discover

  Learning doesn’t have to stop just because school is out for the summer! The Sciencenter in Ithaca provides hands-on exhibits, classes, and presentations designed to foster curiosity and creativity year-round.   Great for children who require sensory and visual teaching methods, the Sciencenter is also a wonderful place to practice carry-over therapy strategies. Children… Read more »

Trick R Trot 5K and Fun Run

Lifespan Therapies is a proud sponsor of the Trick R Trot 5K and Fun Run which will be held at Emerson Park on October 20, 2013. Proceeds to benefit TheRun4Life Charity Programs and Warm the Children. For more information visit Any questions call race director Vin Gleason at (315)209-5044 or email  

10th Anniversary of the NYS Clean Indoor Air Act

On Wednesday, July 24th, we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the NYS Clean Indoor Air Act.  To celebrate the anniversary, Cayuga and Onondaga counties will conduct a survey to evaluate people’s opinions about the Act now and how they felt 10 years ago.  Please take five minutes to complete this survey at…. Read more »

Treasure Hunt

On the last full weekend of every July, residents of Cayuga and Cortland counties, and shoppers all over the northeast will flock to the annual Route 90 Sale. Every year, the sale draws hundreds of bargain hunters.  Vendors sell a variety of wares from rare collectible items and antiques to children’s toys and clothes. Many… Read more »

Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Awareness Month

  Whether due to congenital disorders, accidents, severe burns, or surgery to treat head and neck cancers, craniofacial anomalies impact the lives of thousands of Americans each year, as well as many more worldwide.   In addition to cosmetic concerns, difficulty hearing, speaking, and swallowing are associated with craniofacial disorders.  Treatment typically involves a cross-disciplinary… Read more »

Patti Webb, PT retires from Lifespan Therapies

Lifespan Therapies has reached another milestone. Our first employee, Patti Webb, PT has announced her retirement effective August 31, 2013. Patti joined our practice in September, 1990. She has provided uninterrupted physical therapy services to school based children in various school districts for the past 23 years.   I recall vividly the first time I… Read more »

Exploring Sensory Strategies for your child

CNY SPD Parent-Connections is a local chapter of the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation,  out of Colorado.  They are dedicated to the research, education and validation of Sensory Processing Disorder.  They provide compassionate support to parents and families in the area whose children are impacted by sensory processing difficulties.  They are dedicated to raising awareness and promoting advocacy… Read more »

Speech Therapy vs. Language Therapy: What’s the Difference?

Your child has been diagnosed with a speech-language delay, but what does it mean? Speech therapists treat a variety of disorders and it is important to understand the difference between speech and language disorders in order to participate fully in your child’s treatment. Speech therapy most commonly involves therapy to improve articulation and targets how… Read more »