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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 »

Picky Eaters/Problem Feeders

By: Angela Grant Cerasaro MS, CCC-SLP     Toddlers are notorious for being called picky eaters. “He won’t try new things.” “She lives off of Goldfish crackers and toast.”   Like many things, children’s eating habits are a spectrum that ranges from those who will eat anything that is put in front of them, and… Read more »

Schumer Comes to Central NY to Promote Disability Rights

by Helen Littlejohn     Recently Senator Charles Schumer came to Syracuse to speak at ARC of Onondaga about legislation he is introducing that would force states to comply with placing adult individuals in the least restrictive environment instead of institutional care.  In the legislation, it encourages states to release funding to help parents who… Read more »

Kinesiology Taping: Flip or Flop?

By Mia Thomas     In April, outpatient physical therapist, Mia Thomas PT, DPT, attended a full day lecture and workshop regarding kinesiology taping techniques for the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, back, knee, lower leg, and foot.   Kinesiology taping, sometimes referred to as KT tape, Kinesiotape, or Rocktape, has been a growing fad… Read more »

Patellar Dislocations

By Mia Thomas   Cayuga Medical Center’s in Ithaca, NY offers a unique program to health care professionals in the Finger Lakes region, where they provide monthly lectures given by their physicians, physical therapists, and surgeons.  This month Dr. Zaneb Yaseen discussed patellar dislocations; this is where your kneecap pops out of it’s groove, typically… Read more »

DIRFloortime: Therapy Approach for Children with Autism and other Developmental Delays/Disabilities

by Angela Cerasaro     What is DIRFloortime? DIRFloortime is a model for helping children develop a variety of skills, including communication skills, social-emotional skills, attention, and problem solving.  While the DIR model helps promote the development of all children, DIRFloortime is most commonly utilized with children with developmental, educational, social-emotional, and/or mental health challenges. … Read more »

Autism: An OT Perspective

By Brittany Cottrell, OT   Autism is a neurobiological disorder of development characterized by  two core deficits that interfere with daily functioning. The first is social communication deficit and the second is restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior.   Individuals who have autism have a delay in or total lack of spoken language. They have difficulty… Read more »