An Increasingly Popular Treatment for Profound Hearing Loss

Since their availability in the mid-1980s, cochlear implants have been an increasingly popular treatment for profound hearing loss.  Originally used for adults, cochlear implants are an option for children as young as 12 months.   Recent research suggests that the children who receive implants at a very young age or shortly after becoming deaf are most… Read more »

Preparing for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

The Mid-State Early Childhood Direction Center has created a bulletin to help parents plan for their child’s meeting to review or create an Individualized Education Program (IEP).   To have a successful meeting, preparation is key.  Read the full bulletin here .   What is included in this bulletin: •The IEP Team                                                                                                              •Questions •Your Parent Rights                                                                                   … Read more »

Inclusive Programming for Students with Disabilities: Contributions by a Visionary, Michael Giangreco, Ph.D.

When I began my career as a physical therapist in the pediatric practice setting, I immediately recognized the benefits of inclusive programming for children with disabilities.  While practicing primarily in segregated “special preschool” settings between Ithaca and Cortland, NY, I was frustrated by the lack of peer models for my students and the incredible amount… Read more »

Great Turnout for Lifespan Annual Pancake Breakfast

Maple Syrup

                Lifespan’s Annual Pancake Breakfast is one of my favorite events. Typically held in March when the sap is flowing from the trees, the Pancake Breakfast signals the first signs of spring in our neck of the woods. We have been hosting a pancake breakfast at the rustic… Read more »

Speech Therapy Apps for ipad and iphone

As tablets and smartphones become commonplace in classrooms and homes, applications for these devices have provided creative new ways to treat speech and communication disorders. From colorful and engaging e-books to full communication systems for children on the Autism spectrum, many useful applications and products are now available on tablets and smart phones, many of… Read more »

Burton Blatt

I was conducting an interview in my office with a special educator, and the name Burton Blatt came up in our conversation.  I was shocked and very impressed to hear this name, as Burton Blatt had a very strong influence on my career and the mission of my practice, Lifespan Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and… Read more »

7th Annual Statewide Autism Conference

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities announces the 7th Annual Statewide Autism Conference – Practical and Effective Ways to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Development of Skills for the Classroom and Beyond When: Friday, April 19, 2013 Where: Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel in Buffalo, NY Keynote Presentation will be given by… Read more »

Stop cuts from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that ensures services to children with disabilities throughout the nations.  IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.  Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families… Read more »

Speak Out Against Proposed Changes to the Early Intervention Program

  Children from 0-2 years of age and their families residing in New York State that are suspected of having disabilities need your help.  The State has already reduced reimbursement rates and imposed numerous mandates on providers in the Early Intervention (EI) program. Once again, the Governor’s 2013 proposed budget includes program modifications to the Early… Read more »

Health Care Affordability Act

Affordable Care Act

Our new health care legislation has many people worried. I am optimistic and looking forward to some long needed change. As a provider of health care services, an employer that provides health care coverage to employees, a consumer of health care services, a parent of 20-26 year old children, and a caregiver to an elderly… Read more »

Inclusion Programming at AECSD

The Auburn Enlarged City School District has partnered with Syracuse University to improve access to quality education for all of its students, especially for its disadvantaged students. The Schools of Promise partnership between SU’s School of Education and the AECSD uses strategies of inclusiveness, democracy, and social justice to ensure all students, including those with… Read more »