A Note from Our New Partner: Rebera Life Coaching

Businesses are usually successful due to the relationships they create and the partnerships they develop along the way. When I started Rebera Life Coaching in November, 2014, my goal was to serve as many people as possible by providing top quality Health Coaching and Personal Training. I wanted my own company so that I could… Read more »

Education Begins at Home

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Special Education is seeking public comment on the proposed amendment of sections 200.4, 200.9, 200.16 and 200.20 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education regarding preschool special education programs and services.   Of greatest concern to me is the proposed Amendment to section 200.16(i)(3)(ii)(f) regarding… Read more »

Recognition of Advanced Proficiency

Congratulations Beth Foster for receiving the Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the physical therapy assistant from the American Physical Therapy Association in the area of pediatrics. The PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency Program recognizes physical therapist assistants who have achieved advanced proficiency through education, experience, and leadership in a specified area of work: acute care,… Read more »

Translator Offers Needed Service to Bilingual Students & Parents

Translation services for non-English speaking students are provided by Lifespan Therapies by bilingual educator Eileen Welch.  Eileen is a Spanish language translator for the Southern Cayuga School District. Originally a special education and learning disabilities teacher, Eileen learned Spanish as a second language from her parents and grandparents, who came to the US from Puerto… Read more »

Mentoring Brings Growth to Everyone

by Lisa Lichak, OTR/L –  This fall, Lifespan Therapies welcomed four new occupational therapists and a certified occupational therapy assistant. Three of these new hires are recent graduates. Each works independently in an assigned school or schools, providing direct therapy services to children with special needs who are often part of a typical classroom setting… Read more »

The Importance of a Mentor

by Dana Mandel, PT, PCS –    As a senior physical therapy student at SUNY Stony Brook, I had the privilege to learn from a very skilled and talented physical therapist, Rick Johnson.  Rick was my clinical supervisor as well as the instructor for our advanced Neuroscience course. In addition to his responsibilities as an instructor… Read more »

Classroom Inclusion Presentation

Lifespan In-Service Day Features Inclusion in the Classroom Presentation Lifespan Therapies’ therapists and office staff gathered on September 2 for an annual in-service training and kick off for the 2015-16 school year. Training for the day included HIPPA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and UP – OSHA Universal Precautions for infection control measures…. Read more »

Effects of Screen Addiction

by Nicole LeFever, MS, CCC-SLP  and Molly Osterhoudt, OTR/L Excessive use of electronics is on the rise. Studies show that children spend more time on computers and electronics these days with less and less time spent playing outside, reading a book, or socializing with peers. Children as young as two are being introduced to electronics… Read more »

David’s Refuge – A Parent’s Perspective

Davids Refuge

A couple of months ago, my husband and I were featured in an article written by and the Post Standard about our very large family. We had 4 children biologically and 8 special needs adopted children. When the article came out I received a life changing phone call from Warren Pfohl who, with his… Read more »

Lifespan Therapies Promotes Three to Lead Therapist

Lifespan Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Pathology Services, PLLC, is excited to announce the promotions of Nicole LeFever, MS, CCC-SLP, Lisa Lichak, OTR/L, and Molly Osterhoudt, OTR/L to the position of Lead Therapist. The three therapists will work directly with Lifespan’s President, Dana Mandel, PT, PCS, assuming part-time administrative responsibilities while continuing… Read more »

Preparing the Next Generation: Student Clinical Internships

Training the next generation of therapists is a responsibility that Lifespan takes very seriously. All students enrolled in therapy training programs must complete a number of clinical fieldwork experiences as part of their educational program. These clinical internships are in a variety of settings, and expose the students to direct patient care in their respective… Read more »


LIfespan Open House

Lifespan Open House On June 19th, local community members and business owners were given the opportunity to explore the recently opened Lifespan Therapies Outpatient Rehabilitation expansion at an Open House to showcase the newly renovated facility. Local county representatives, community members, head start administrators as well as Lifespan employees attended the event. New additions in… Read more »

Occupational Therapy Intern Has Positive Learning Experience


I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a level II occupational therapy student with Lifespan. Accompanied by my helpful and knowledgeable supervisors, I was able to travel to eight schools in the central New York area. I saw children with multiple diagnoses and needs, and treated those across the lifespan, ranging in age from preschool to… Read more »

Lifespan Branches Out to Sponsor Coed Softball

Lifespan Therapies Softball team

By Ashley Valentine, PTA This year we have welcomed some new members to the Lifespan team by sponsoring a Coed Softball team!! Our team plays every Wednesday at Hopkins Park in Liverpool. The team is made up of ten wonderful and caring young adults,  looking to have fun and get outside this summer to play softball and… Read more »

April is Occupational Therapy Month

Every year in April, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students host a month-long celebration showcasing the importance of their profession. Occupational therapy is an evidenced-based profession that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest potential.  It could be by helping them promote health and prevent injury, or living… Read more »

Richard Schissel Retiring from Ithaca College

Richard Schissel, a beloved professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College, will be retiring this May.  He has served not only as a professor, but also as the undergraduate and graduate chair of the department for much of his career.  Many of the providers who work in the Early Intervention… Read more »