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 »

Early-literacy in Cayuga County: The Dolly Parton Imagination Library

As funding for early childhood education programs becomes a subject of national debate, updated research supports the idea that early-literacy skills are correlated with higher academic achievement.  Cayuga County, along with 1,600 communities nation-wide, offers access to The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a program founded by country music star, Dolly Parton, which supports early-literacy by… 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 »

Sequestration and Head Start

In the United States federal budget, the sequestration refers to budget cuts to particular categories of federal spending that began on March 1, 2013. These cuts are the result of a political deadlock in Washington, DC and mandated spending cuts of approximately $85.4 billion during fiscal year 2013. Half of these cuts will be made… Read more »

Speech Therapy: Parent Resources

As a Speech-Language Pathologist working with children in their homes and in schools, parents frequently ask me “What can I do to help my child improve his or her speech?” and recently “How can I help my child continue to make progress over the summer break?”   I often provide parents with strategies and activities… Read more »

Childhood Obesity in Cayuga County

As an executive board member of the Cayuga County Community Health Network, I was provided with a copy of the Cayuga County Community Health Assessment for 2011-2012. The Cayuga County Department of Health and Human Services prepares an assessment of the health of its residents every four years. The report is updated annually. The findings… Read more »

Lifespan Therapies Sponsors Mind, Body, & Spirit Event

Mind Body Spirit Event

Lifespan Therapies has sponsored a table at the upcoming Mind, Body, and Spirit Luncheon.   This event is hosted by Carrie Lazarus of WSYR Syracuse and will honor the Auburn Doubledays and East Hill Family Medicine.   When: Thursday June 6, 2013 from Noon – 1:30 Where: Auburn Holiday Inn, Auburn, NY Cost of tickets:… Read more »

Health Care Job Fair

I was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cayuga County Community Health Network.  The goal of this organization is to “improve the overall health of residents of the local community by addressing the health and related services needs of the various populations within the local community.”   One of our Work Plan… Read more »

Before Reading: Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness skills, or “pre-reading skills,” provide children with a firm foundation as they learn to read and begin taking part in a literate culture. Phonological awareness consists of the following components and can be learned through exposure or direct teaching: 1) Knowing that sounds do not always correlate singularly with letters and that one… Read more »

ALL CHILDREN FLOURISHING: Nurtured Heart Approach Training

The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) is a very pragmatic and easily understood system designed to turn the challenging child around to a new pattern of success. The approach has been found to produce substantial success in helping children flourish at higher than expected levels of achievement. The NHA teaches significant adults how to positively support… Read more »