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 »

Pediatric Yoga and Mindfulness

By Ashley Valentine     On January 18th, 2016 I attended a Pediatric Yoga and Mindfulness continuing education class in East Syracuse. I chose to attend this course because it is a different way to address the balance, strength, endurance, body control, flexibility, and body awareness that I work on in my physical therapy sessions…. Read more »

Teaching Communication in Everyday Interactions

By Angela Cerasaro     Read with your kids. Sing songs. Play with them. These are all wonderful, crucial things that parents should do every day.   Another, often overlooked way to teach communication is to use everyday interactions that you have with your children. This includes daily routines and caregiving interactions, such as mealtimes,… Read more »

Genoa Open House Introduces, Connects Local Businesses

Lifespan Therapies’  new outpatient Physical Therapist, Mia Thomas, PT, DPT, and Personal Trainer and life coach, Amy Kallman Rebera, joined forces on January 31 at the Genoa Historical Association and Town of Genoa Open House. This year the event consisted of two locations, the Rural Life Museum and Genoa’s Town Hall. Other businesses that participated… Read more »

Nike’s New Shoes are Functional and FLY

By Mia Thomas   Nike’s latest footware design was inspired by a 16 year-old with cerebral palsy who was looking to gain more independence before heading to college.   Matthew Walzer wrote to the company in 2012 about how he loved the style of Lebron James’ shoes, but was extremely frustrated by the fact that… Read more »

Steady Path of New Products for Persons with Tremors

By Mia Thomas   For the past two years, big changes have been happening for those who fighting constant tremors.   Tremors are found in persons with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Essential Tremor,  limiting participation in everyday activities, such as writing, cooking, eating, using a computer, and driving. Luckily, medical entrepreneurs have invented products… Read more »

Recess in Today’s Schools

By Beth Foster   In today’s world, there is a lot of pressure on our children to excel at higher academic levels than what their brains and bodies are prepared for. Many schools have limited recess or have removed recess altogether from their curriculum to allow for more academic time. Kids are now expected to… Read more »

Outpatient Office Offers Custom Sole Supports Orthotics

By Mia Thomas Mia Thomas, PT, DPT, new outpatient physical therapist, is a certified Sole Supports Custom Orthotics Provider. Thomas uses a specialized casting technique to correct foot position by creating a mold to maintain contact with the sole of the foot throughout the gait cycle.   Sole Supports uses an approach different from traditional… Read more »

Lifespan Mourns the Loss of Peter Guinnip, PT

It was with great sorrow and regret that I learned of the death of Peter Guinnip, PT on Saturday, January 16, 2016.  Peter was an outstanding individual, a dedicated father, and a gifted and hardworking physical therapist.  He was an exceptional clinician that joined Lifespan in 2011 and treated patients in our outpatient office in… Read more »

Outpatient Rehab Office Re-Opens in King Ferry

Lifespan Therapies Offers Physical Therapy and Life Coaching Services Last August, Lifespan Therapies, PLLC owner Dana Mandel reluctantly closed the doors of his outpatient physical therapy business, but not for lack of patients. The decision was made when he could not find a physical therapist to staff the King Ferry-based rehabilitation clinic. On January 4th,… Read more »