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Part Time Physical Therapist

Immediate opening for a part time physical therapist who loves working in a mixed setting of early intervention and preschool pediatrics as well as with an outpatient orthopaedic population! Come to Lifespan for our experienced supervisors, the environment, the work ethic, and the opportunity to make a real difference! Work with early intervention/preschool throughout Tompkins… Read more »

The Need for an Executive Director

by Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I have spent the last year describing my path to becoming a pediatric physical therapist and the president of Lifespan Therapies, PLLC.  As I reflect on how my practice has grown, I am in disbelief as to its size and the scope of services that we provide.  I… Read more »

What is Hippotheraphy?

by Bailey Crook, PT Student Hippotherapy is a form of evidence based practice used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists to purposefully manipulate equine movement to promote the sensory, motor, and cognitive systems to help reach functional goals of patients. This is a type of therapy that would be integrated into the… Read more »

The Importance of Circle Time for Children with Special Needs

by Amanda Bartel, MS OTR/L     As we are all finishing one school year and preparing for the next, here are some thoughts on Circle Time.  Working in an elementary school where my special education students are integrated into the general education classroom for Circle or “Morning Meeting”, I felt like a valuable opportunity… Read more »

Updating Your Sensory Room on a Budget

By Amanda Bartel, OT     If you are lucky enough to have space in your school or clinic for an individual sensory room, why not make the most of it?  I’m an OT at an elementary school that serves both general education students as well as students in our 12:1 special education classrooms.  We… Read more »

“Emma Watch” for patients with Parkinson’s Disease

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Artificial intelligence and other advancements in technology have been impacting the medical field more than some might have expected. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a prototype for a watch that decreases tremors in the wrist and hand for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Their product uses a combination of… Read more »

Reflections Part 9

By Dana Mandel     In my last related post in May, 2017, I described the first years of private practice as the Mandel Therapy Group and hiring the first employee, Patti Webb, PT.  It didn’t take very long before the administrative requirements of my growing practice began to overwhelm my ability to treat my… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Month 11

By Sarah White, Occupational Therapist Teddy, continues to attend dog obedience classes, while I have continued to do my homework in regards to understanding canine behavior and appropriate interactions between people and other animals. My last continuing education course titled Animal-Assisted Interventions: Accelerating the Therapeutic Alliance, presented by Christine Strayer Thornton, provided me with even more… Read more »

Reflections Part 8

By Dana Mandel       In my last related post in March, 2017, I described the first years of my practice as a physical therapist as an employee of a large preschool program, and treating my first private patients.  The number of private patients began to grow, and there were not enough hours available… Read more »

Dysgraphia (“Why can’t I write right?”)

by Lisa Lichak, OTR   Many people are familiar with learning and attention issues such as dyslexia and ADHD. Although dysgraphia may not be a familiar term, the symptoms of dysgraphia are not uncommon.   Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects how easily children acquire written language and how well they use written… Read more »

Lumbo-pelvic Pain: Coming from inside?

  by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT   Based on the most current evidence, physical therapy is the first line of treatment for low back pain. This is why if you walk into most physical therapy offices, you will find that a majority of the patients being seen are coming for low back or hip pain…. Read more »

Healthy Eating and the Picky Eater

    by Molly Osterhoudt, OTR   March is National Nutrition month. Many of us set weight loss goals for 2017, but don’t quite know how to change the eating habits that have held us back in past years. We can all use a little help making good food choices to get started and follow… Read more »

Transitioning Baby to Cup

  by Angela Grant Cerasaro MS, CCC-SLP   If you are breastfeeding and want to bottle feed as well: Breastfed babies should be introduced to a bottle before 6 weeks of age, and should use the bottle regularly (ideally at least once a day or at least 3-4 times per week). Allow the baby to… Read more »