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 »

Is My Child Walking Funny?

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     It can be intimidating being a new parent, watching your first child develop and thinking… are they doing this right? Sometimes it is even your second child, where you watch them grow and realize it is not quite how your first toddler looked; but that does not always… Read more »

Free Balance and Falls Risk Assessment Clinic

Lifespan Therapies King Ferry Office Hosts April 30 Event   Falling is a common problem in adults over the age of 65, and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 5 falls leads to serious injuries that require hospitalization.   Each year 2.5 million older adults are treated in the… Read more »

Welcoming Back an Exceptional Therapist

Recently, Lifespan welcomed back an incredible occupational therapist, Sara Maule, OTR/L. Sara has taken time off to spend with her new baby boy, but has graciously stepped up to help Lifespan and the children we treat, by coming back to fill a current position for the remainder of the school year. I recently asked Sara how… Read more »

The Need For Vaccinations

By Nicole Lewis Recently headlines have been filled with the argument “to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.” While some states have less strict guidelines on vaccinations for children and adults, New York state requires many different vaccinations for children from preschool and daycare through college age.   Adults in many professions such as healthcare and… Read more »

Integrating the Common Core into Therapy

By Molly Hall, OTR       The common core is a set of quality academic standards in math and English language arts (ELA), established to ensure each student graduates from high school with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to succeed in college. Common core curriculum and standards affect not only teachers but also… Read more »