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 »

“They Stood Up, Civil and Human Rights in the Finger Lakes”

With the current media attention toward bullying and modern-day human rights issues, The Cayuga Museum of History and Art is hosting a timely exhibit entitled “They Stood Up, Civil and Human Rights in the Finger Lakes,” which provides a look at important historical figures, as well as civil and human rights movements that have taken… Read more »

Stuttering Awareness Week: May 6th-12th

For most people, speech is a simple and natural part of life.  A phone rings, you answer it.  A clerk asks “paper or plastic,” and you respond without a second thought.  For the 3 million Americans who stutter, such simple interactions can be a struggle. Children who stutter may find it difficult to make friends… Read more »

Get Involved!

April, Autism Awareness Month, is a great time to get involved and learn about issues that people with Autism face. Awareness events, such as “Walk Now” , are taking place all over the country to raise funds and broaden public awareness for issues surrounding Autism. As April comes to an end, it is important not… Read more »

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Life After School

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) often receive intensive speech therapy from early preschool through high school, providing communication support and helping students build social relationships with their peers.   Upon graduation, many of these children, now young adults with ASDs, receive little support during one of the most of the most difficult and transitional… Read more »

Animal Assisted Therapy

 Using animals to aid individuals with disabilities is nothing new. For decades, guide dogs, often called “seeing eye dogs,” have been used to help people who are blind or visually impaired.  However, therapists have recently moved a step further, and the use of dogs and other animals as a therapeutic treatment for individuals with cognitive,… Read more »

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

How many times have you purchased an item requiring assembly, only to find the words on the paper supposedly giving you direction to be confusing and frustrating? “Is there a picture of this thing already put together?” you ask. Or how do you keep track of important dates and appointments? “Can you make it to… Read more »

Anne Frank Center Awards Tree Sapling to SCCSD

Anne Frank

Lifespan Therapies would like to congratulate the Southern Cayuga Central School District for their selection as one of only eleven sites nationwide to receive a Horse Chestnut tree sapling from the now deceased 150-year-old tree that gave hope to Anne Frank as she gazed upon it from her family’s hiding spot during World War II…. Read more »

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 »