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 »

Screen Time for Kids: What To Do Instead?

By Angela Grant Cerasaro, MS-CCC, SLP       The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no or minimal screen time for children under the age of 2. For preschoolers and older children, the AAP has established guidelines as to how to limit screen time, and recommends that regardless of content, children 2 and older should not… Read more »

New York State Education Department Special Education Field Advisory

By Dana Mandel DPT The NYSED issued a Special Education Field Advisory document in December, 2015 that described in great detail the fundamental right of students with disabilities to receive their special education supports in a classroom setting that includes students without disabilities. The NYSED went on to define a “high-quality inclusive setting” as follows:… Read more »

High-Functioning Autism: Proven & Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults

By Amber Martin OTR-L   Heather Dukes- Murray, PHD presented “High-Functioning Autism- Proven and Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviors in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults,”on December 3rd in Rochester NY.  Dr. Dukes- Murray is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at Dailey Behavioral Health in  Cleveland, OH. She works with  young children, adolescents, and adults with a… Read more »

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 »