Speech Language Pathology

Hippotherapy Experience: What I’ve Learned about Working with Horses

by Bailey Crook, SPT During my clinical rotation with Mia Thomas PT, DPT I’ve had the wonderful experience to shadow Kirsta Malone, OTR at her horse stables in Union Springs on Wednesday afternoons. Kirsta currently runs a nonprofit organization that offers hippotherapy sessions, as well as horseback riding lessons, called Green Goose Acres. She’s in… Read more »

What is Hippotheraphy?

by Bailey Crook, PT Student Hippotherapy is a form of evidence based practice used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists to purposefully manipulate equine movement to promote the sensory, motor, and cognitive systems to help reach functional goals of patients. This is a type of therapy that would be integrated into the… Read more »

Clinical Fellowship Year – Speech Language Pathologist

Immediate opening for a part or full time speech language pathologist in their clinical fellowship year who loves working with a pediatric population in a variety of settings! Come to Lifespan for our experienced ASHA certified SLP Supervisor, the environment, the work ethic, and the opportunity to make a real difference! Work with Early Intervention/preschool and… Read more »

Transitioning Baby to Cup

  by Angela Grant Cerasaro MS, CCC-SLP   If you are breastfeeding and want to bottle feed as well: Breastfed babies should be introduced to a bottle before 6 weeks of age, and should use the bottle regularly (ideally at least once a day or at least 3-4 times per week). Allow the baby to… Read more »

Favorite Speech and Language Therapy Toy – Saxoflute

By Karla Eshelman MS, CCC-SLP Build it, blow it, turn it into a pretend hose, telescope, or phone.  The possibilities can be endless and many areas of speech and language development can be targeted. Here are some ideas to get you started! Oral-motor: Strengthen muscles and coordination needed for speech production Develop breath support, lip… Read more »

Therapist Update: Clinical Instructor Certification

Lifespan Therapies, PLLC understands the importance of participating in the clinical education programs for speech, occupational, and physical therapies. Taking students is not only a great opportunity to help our therapists revisit some of their technical skills, but it is one of the best ways to give back to our professions. Our therapists can help… Read more »

Stuttering in Preschool Years:

By Angela Cerasaro, MS, CCC-SLP     What is stuttering? Stuttering is when children repeat phrases, words or syllables over and over (eg, “I-I-I-I saw a dog”), make long, prolonged sounds (eg, “I ssssssssaw a dog”), have speech “stoppages” or “blocks” where no sounds come out (e.g., “I saw a d——og.”).  Stuttering can start quite… Read more »

Stay compliant with new CPT Codes!

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Another year and another bunch of changes with coding and billing. Medicare caps continue to increase, to $1,980; Physician Quality Reporting System (more commonly known to practitioners as PQRS) is no longer required; and the biggest change of all, new evaluation and re-evaluation coding is upon us.  … Read more »

Is it Sensory or Behavior?

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     If you have children or work with children, you are familiar with the term outbursts, fits, events, or incidences. What we are thinking when we hear these terms is, “why did it happen”? Often times these events can happen if the child has a cognitive or language delay… Read more »

Jack-o-Lantern Synonyms & Antonyms

By Christina Noon, CCC-SLP     Here is fun and festive activity to help target language skills! (Click to Download) This activity targets antonyms and synonyms, an important language concept for all school aged kiddos to work on. They are essential to vocabulary development, and can help children decode unfamiliar words in speech and in… Read more »

Autism Texts!

By Mia Thomas PT, DPT       A father of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder that is non-verbal wanted to her give another method to express herself, so he made an Android application that mimicked other programs that are typically used to help children with Autism verbalize their wants and needs.   His… 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 »

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 »