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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 »

Low Back Bracing Options

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Approximately 50% of working American’s report low back pain, and approximately 20% of persons with acute low back pain will go on to get chronic low back pain. One may think with these numbers there are a plethora of options available to help manage arthritis and low back… Read more »

Bracing Algorithms

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Are you Unsure of your Bracing Choices?   It can be difficult as a new practitioner, whether it be physical therapist, occupational therapist, orthotist, or physician, to be completely confident when you recommend a orthotics to one of your patients. Fortunately, there are multiple online platforms now available… Read more »

Jack-o-Lantern Synonyms & Antonyms

By Christina Noon, CCC-SLP     Here is fun and festive activity to help target language skills! (Click to Download) This activity targets antonyms and synonyms, an important language concept for all school aged kiddos to work on. They are essential to vocabulary development, and can help children decode unfamiliar words in speech and in… Read more »

Standing, Walking, and Sitting Hip Orthoses

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Orthotics are typically thought of as rigid braces that restrict mobility, however that is not always the case. A parent of a child with cerebral palsy created an orthoses to help their child in standing, walking, and sitting by controlling their hip joint.   The design of the… Read more »

Second Annual Professional Development Summit

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     This weekend, The Ithaca College Doctorate of Physical Therapy program held the second annual Professional Development Summit. This year the conference was held at Ithaca College’s Center for Health Science exclusively for the Ithaca College Physical Therapy graduate students.   The conference included presentations covering everything from the… Read more »

Reflections – Part 5

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »

Losing a Limb, But Not a Life

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Our Pediatric and Outpatient Physical Therapist, Mia Thomas, PT, DPT, was able to attend the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this year; this even not only offered a plethora of lectures about all different areas of orthotics and prosthetics, but it also gave her the… Read more »

Reflections – Part 4

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »