Athletes Get Back Pain Too!

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     When we think about athletes that get back pain, gymnasts are probably the first that come to mind along with football players or dancers, but low back pain can also present in soccer players, wrestlers, and skiing. It is estimated that 10 – 15% of young athletes suffer… Read more »

Reflections – Part 6

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I took a couple of months off from my series of posts about reflections on 30 years of physical therapy practice and my pathway to becoming a physical therapist to wish everyone a happy and successful New Year and share the news about Lifespan becoming a Medicaid Service… Read more »

Stuttering in Preschool Years:

By Angela Cerasaro, MS, CCC-SLP     What is stuttering? Stuttering is when children repeat phrases, words or syllables over and over (eg, “I-I-I-I saw a dog”), make long, prolonged sounds (eg, “I ssssssssaw a dog”), have speech “stoppages” or “blocks” where no sounds come out (e.g., “I saw a d——og.”).  Stuttering can start quite… Read more »

Fred the Froggy – Fine Motor Fun

By Sara Niver, OTR/L      This little frog will have the kids smiling and ready to work on fine motor skills!   For some reason, kids love to “feed” things! Especially when it “talks” to them and asks them to “please feed me, I’m so hungry!” All of my kids in OT love Freddy… Read more »

Sensory and Motor Learning in preschool

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Sensory processing disorder (SPD) has been getting a lot of attention in the medical community recently, but it is important to note that anyone can feel over or under stimulated. Typically, those of us without SPD work within an optimal level of arousal, where we can focus on… Read more »

Creating Your Classroom

By Mia Thomas PT, DPT     It can be difficult to adapt your classroom to fit the needs of all your kids, but there are certain things you might want to consider to increase the success of your students, especially if you have any with sensory sensitivities. Tuck it away – decrease any visual… Read more »

Long Term Substitute – Speech Language Pathologist

Immediate opening for Long Term Substitute Speech Language Pathologist   Immediate opening for a long term substitute speech language pathologist who loves working with a pediatric population in a variety of settings! Come to Lifespan for the environment, the work ethic, the opportunity to make a real difference! Work in school based programs, exact locations… Read more »

Lifespan Receives Approval as a Medicaid Service Bureau

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     In March, 2016, the Medicaid reimbursement process for the School Supportive Health Services Program underwent a dramatic change.  School districts requesting reimbursement from Medicaid for services covered by this program may no longer use the Central New York Information Center (CNYRIC) as a contractor for submitting SSHSP claims… Read more »

Stay compliant with new CPT Codes!

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Another year and another bunch of changes with coding and billing. Medicare caps continue to increase, to $1,980; Physician Quality Reporting System (more commonly known to practitioners as PQRS) is no longer required; and the biggest change of all, new evaluation and re-evaluation coding is upon us.  … Read more »

Button Chain Activity

By Sara Niver OTR/L A fun activity for occupational therapists, teachers, and parents to work on fine motor precision, self-help skills, and sequential directions!   The button chain is a wonderful tool for children to practice buttoning while also working on a variety of other skills! *It is important to keep in mind the developmental… Read more »

Is it Sensory or Behavior?

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     If you have children or work with children, you are familiar with the term outbursts, fits, events, or incidences. What we are thinking when we hear these terms is, “why did it happen”? Often times these events can happen if the child has a cognitive or language delay… Read more »

Targeting Speech & Language – Mr. Potato Head

By Bryn Huegerich, CF-SLP       Not only is Mr. (& Mrs.) Potato Head a fun toy, but it is a great way to encourage speech and language in children! Here are five ways you can use Mr. Potato Head to target various speech and language skills.   Labeling body parts: Hand your child… Read more »

Top 5 Blog Posts Read in 2016

1. Implementing Sensory Rooms in Schools For children with sensory processing disorder or sensory integration disorder, the sights and sounds of school can be overwhelming. Lockers slamming, people rushing through hallways, the voices of teachers and peers…all of these things can be upsetting and impact a child’s ability to pay attention and participate in the… Read more »

Happy New Year! 2017 Highlights

BY DANA MANDEL, PT, PCS     2016 was a very successful year for our practice and we are looking forward to continuing to provide cost-effective, comprehensive, and compliant related services in the least restrictive environments during 2017.  A few highlights of our plans for 2017 are as follows:   Continue to develop our database… Read more »

ACL Clinic in the Gym

By Mia Thomas PT, DPT     There are over 100,000 ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries a year in the United States and women are 4-5 times more likely to tear their ACL than their male counterpart; with these numbers only growing as youth athletes become more specialized, Mia Thomas PT, DPT of Lifespan Therapies,… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Month 5

By Sara White, OTR A few months have passed since blogging about “Teddy”.  Physically, he has grown a lot (fur and body!).  Teddy is now 6 months old.  He continues to work on his social skills.  Teddy has attended two conference days with me without students present.  I think the adult-interaction is more stressful for… Read more »

Holiday Toy Guide

By Lisa Lichak, OTR/L     With the holiday season in full swing, the search for the perfect gift begins. While visions of sugarplums (and elusive Hatchimals) dance in children’s heads, gift buyers wade through catalogs, store ads, websites, and aisles upon aisles of toy selections. With all of the choices, several companies and organizations… Read more »

Writing a Letter to Little Guy

By Amanda Bartel, OTR/L     “I want to name him Little Guy,” my student said when I gave him a new pencil grip.  I have come to know him as a cool, athletic, and confident third grader with spiky blond hair and an oversized hoodie.  But he has some fine motor delays so, on… Read more »