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Are you Billing your Best?

 By Mia Thomas PT, DPT     Billing is a mysterious creature that many therapists must learn on the job, and typically they learn from untrained peers or through clinical instructors. Learning from individuals that do not specialize in medical billing or coding can pass down bad habits and may prevent therapists from learning about… Read more »

Reflections as I Begin My 30th Year of Practice (3)

By Dana Mandel     I have continued to receive feedback from many of you regarding my posts in previous Lifespan E-newsletters related to my path to becoming a physical therapist and reflections on my 30th year of practice. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my postings.   I concluded… Read more »

Modeling and Imitation

By Angela Grant Cerasaro     All children have an innate need to develop and grow. This is true even if their own personal timetable is not the same as our adult-imposed timetable. If a child is struggling with a behavior or skill, there are some evidence-based ways to help them succeed by modifying their… Read more »

How to Beat the Heat!

By Molly Osterhoudt     School’s out, the kids are home and the heat is on! Camp lasts 1-2 weeks of the summer and visits to grandma and grandpa’s can only last for so long as well. Soon after you’ll hear the infamous “I’m bored…there’s nothing to do.”   With the intensity of this summer’s… Read more »

Reflections as I Begin My 30th Year of Practice (2)

by Dana Mandel     I would like to thank everyone that responded to me about my post in last month’s Lifespan E-newsletter. I appreciate your congratulations and enjoyed learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice. Given the interest and response, I thought I would continue to share the… Read more »

Reflections as I Begin My 30th Year of Practice

By Dana Manadel   This June, I will begin my 30th year of practice as a physical therapist.  My path to choosing and training for this profession began while I was a student at SUNY Binghamton, majoring in English and General Literature.  While attending college, I was employed at Broome Developmental Center as a Mental… Read more »

Down Syndrome: A Team Effort

by Mia Thomas PT, DPT     Today one in every 800 to 1,000 live births may produce an infant with Down Syndrome; while these risks increase as the mother’s age increases 50% of all children with Down Syndrome are born by mothers under the age of 35. Recent advances in science have made it… Read more »

Lifespan Sponsored Event – Get a Grip on the Finger Lakes

  A group of antique automobiles, all manufactured prior to January 1, 1916 (have to be at least 100 years old) will be touring the Finger Lakes Region this summer, mostly within Cayuga and Tompkins Counties. The tour, a part of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will be stopping for a lunch break… Read more »

Summer – Gross Motor Carry Over Activities

By Ashley Valentine     Going into the summer parents often wonder what to do to make sure their child does not regress over the summer break.   Maintaining a child’s routine and progress over the summer is crucial for their overall development. As a professional in the Physical Therapy field I like to recommend… Read more »

How to Keep Speech Skills Over Summer Break

By Christina Noon     Hard to believe, but summer vacation is just around the corner! A break from therapy can actually be very good for some children, and can allow skills they’ve been working on throughout the year to solidify.   A break from therapy can also mean losing the skills they’ve worked so… Read more »

Arm and Shoulder Clinic Hosted by Ithaca College PT Department

The Ithaca College Physical Therapy Department teamed up with local manual therapist and chronic pain specialist, Michael Costello, PT, DSc, OCS, MTC to provide a course centered around treating the intricacies of the arm and shoulder complex. This was Ithaca College’s first time holding an educational event for the New York Section of the American… Read more »

First Annual Balance and Falls Risk Assessment: A Success!

  Lifespan PT, OT, and SLP thanks all the participants who came to our first annual Balance and Falls Risk Assessment Clinic, held Saturday April 30 at our outpatient office in King Ferry, NY!   Fifteen people came to the clinic from King Ferry, Aurora, Moravia, Scipio Center, Genoa, and Auburn. The show might have… Read more »

Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Giving Voice to Those Without

by Nicole Lewis MS., CCC-SLP     Augmentative and Alternative Communication, better known as AAC to many therapists and service providers, encompasses all forms of communication excluding verbal speech. AAC includes, but is not limited to, facial expressions, writing, gestures, use of pictures or symbols, speech generated software and computer software to list a few…. Read more »

What Is OT?

By Kelsey Bowerman     In 1917, the occupational therapy profession began with the founding of The National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy, now known as the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).   This organization certifies and accredits all practicing Occupational Therapists in the United States. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective… Read more »

Welcome to the Team: Frances

  Frances Guido, MS-CCC/SLP is the newest addition to Lifespan Therapies, PLLC. A native of Canada and graduate of the University of South Florida (MS), she is a speech language pathologist with specialties in early intervention, autism, and severely impaired populations.   Frances is an experienced professional with 30 + years in the field, including… Read more »

End of the Gap Elimination Adjustment

From Dana’s Desk     Our local school districts received some very good news recently. New York State Senate has finally killed the Gap Elimination Adjustment that had reduced the amount of aid to school districts for the past six years.   The cutback in State aid instituted in 2010 led school districts to eliminate… Read more »