How to Discipline Your Child with Autism

January 19, 2017

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Discipline is essentially teaching your child to behave appropriately in different circumstances and with different people. Because children with ASD learn in unique ways, they also require different methods of discipline. If you need ideas on how to teach your child with ASD to behave better, try Epic’s Top Tips: Consider ABA Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of behavior principles that focuses on the relationship between behavior and environment. A competent behavior therapist will help you identify effective interventions and strategies to teach your child. Learn more about these techniques here. Understand the reason for the problem behavior To…Read More

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30 Days of Affirmations

January 16, 2017

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Parenting a child with special needs is a uniquely rewarding and challenging experience. It requires a fierce spirit, a wide “village,” and some patience. When it gets really tough, being a special needs parent may require a little extra motivation. That’s where motivational affirmations can come in. Research from Carnegie Mellon University found that positive affirmations can protect people from the negative effects of stress and boost problem-solving abilities. Of course, being able to solve problems calmly is every parent’s dream. Do you need a little extra motivation? Are you ready to see if affirmations work for you? Try repeating…Read More

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Transitioning Your Child with Special Needs to Middle School

January 11, 2017

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Transitioning to Middle School Puberty, new classmates, and acne are just a few of the challenges children face when they transition to middle school. For children with learning disabilities or other special needs, the transition can be even more difficult. It’s completely understandable if you worry about your child’s transition. Keep in mind that you do not have to resign to a heartbreaking year of watching your child struggle. You, your family, your child’s healthcare team, and the school’s teachers can all help make the transition smoother. Here are a few ways you can start getting ready to send your child…Read More

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Getting Dressed Independently – Sensory Guide

January 9, 2017

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How to Help Your Child with Sensory Issues Get Dressed Independently You’re trying to get the whole family ready to go to school. You’ve managed to get dressed, make breakfast, and get lunches packed. You’re almost ready to go when suddenly, you notice that one of the children doesn’t have proper clothes on. You spend entirely too long trying to get your child dress and end up running late. How many times has this happened to you? Letting your child learn to dress himself or herself independently can be a trying time for parents of children with special needs. If…Read More

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Getting Back in the Swing of School

January 6, 2017

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After a magical holiday season filled with family gatherings and gifts, it can be difficult for anyone to adjust to regular life in the new year. This return to routine can be especially hard for children with special needs. While some parents are thrilled to have their children return to school, some parents of children with special needs may dread the oncoming obstacles. Luckily, parents have more options than to buckle up and get through this transition. Taking a few steps to prepare your child for the return to school can help him or her start the semester on the…Read More

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New Year’s Resolutions for Parents of Children with Special Needs

January 5, 2017

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Every January, people around the world make resolutions in the hopes of improving their lives. Many people vow to finally lose those stubborn 10 pounds, get out of debt, or travel more. However, as with most things, parents of children with special needs may have unique needs and goals. Have you made resolutions to become an even better parent? If so, take a look at our top 10 resolutions for 2017: Find at least two backup babysitters and teach them about your child’s needs. This way, you don’t have to cancel your plans if and when a babysitter cancels on…Read More

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Jayden Halbleib – Epic Superstar

January 3, 2017

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Learning to walk and talk is no small feat for anyone. Learning these functions twice is a superstar accomplishment that requires perseverance and grit. For triumphantly tackling this task, Epic is thrilled to honor Jayden Halbleib as our latest Epic Patient Superstar. Jayden is an adventurous and loving 6-year-old boy who is in recovery after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He joined the Epic family three years ago and has made incredible strides toward recovery ever since. As per his mother, this great child has begun learning to walk and talk again. Recently, Jayden even had his tracheostomy and g-tube removed….Read More

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Preparing Your Child for NYE Fireworks

December 28, 2016

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As 2016 comes to an end, it’s time to embrace all that the new year has to offer. It’s time to reflect, make resolutions, and celebrate the possibilities of the future. Of course, that celebration often includes fireworks of some sort. Whether attending a professional show or overhearing a neighbor’s celebration, fireworks can be anything but fun for people with sensory difficulties. If your child experiences sensory troubles, these terrifying sounds can overshadow the hope that New Year’s Eve should be about. If you’re worried about your child’s reaction to fireworks this year, we hope the following tips will help:…Read More

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Patrick “Drew” Bruner – Epic Superstar

December 26, 2016

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Since the moment he came into this world, Patrick “Drew” Bruner has been defying odds and expectations. Drew was born at 23 weeks gestation, which is incredibly early! Births at this age are complex and full of challenges, and almost every baby born at 23 weeks is fighting against the odds for survival. Drew weighed only 1 pound and 4 ounces. His doctors did not think he would survive, since babies born so early have about a 30% chance of survival in even the best circumstances. However, 19 years later, Drew is thriving and living a full life showing us…Read More

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Food, Family and Feeding Tubes

December 22, 2016

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What makes the Christmas so special? To me, it’s nostalgia; a powerful feeling. As adults, we put so much effort into making the holidays as memorable as possible for our children and fellow family members. We go to such great lengths to do so! We get up on the roofs of our houses to put up lights, we decorate trees, we visit Santa at the mall, heck, we even put on horrific sweaters, just for the fun of it! But one of the most memorable elements was the food. This can present some challenges to tube fed children. Christmas with…Read More

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