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 »

“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 »