Jonathan’s Landscape: Career Tips for People with Asperger’s Syndrome

October 20, 2016

career tips asperger's

Jonathan Stewart is an Epic Health Services employee who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Jonathan uses art as a means of expression and therapy. Jonathan hopes that his contributions will encourage patients to believe in themselves and strive for their dreams – just like he is doing every day! Jonathan currently holds two jobs and in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), he is sharing some career tips that have made him successful in his own professional life at Epic Health Services and Raising Cane’s. Career Tips Practice interviewing with someone you know to help improve both…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 1: Trick or Treating with Special Needs

October 20, 2016

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Halloween!  What an amazing time of the year!  Halloween is a time when kids all over the country get dressed up, knock on neighbor’s doors, and say “trick or treat!”  People decorate their homes, visit haunted houses, and attend costume parties.  This is a time that everybody loves, right?  However, imagine this Halloween scenario instead.  Everyone is getting ready to go outside to begin trick or treating.  Everyone has their costumes on except for Billy.  Billy is refusing to put his costume on because the tag is itchy and he doesn’t like to wear a mask.  Or maybe he is confused…Read More

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Yoga vs. ADHD

October 18, 2016

Yoga vs ADHD

Using Yoga to Benefit Individuals with ADHD With their backs on the floor and legs propped up against a wall, a bunch of highly energized students slowly begin to calm down in their classroom. One student says, “I can hear the air conditioner.”  Her classmate echoes, “I hear kids playing on the playground.” A third chimes in, “I can hear the birds chirping outside the window.” Sometimes a quick 5-minute break to reconnect with your mind, your body, and your environment can be incredibly effective for reestablishing focus and regulating activity levels, especially for those with ADHD.  Yoga can help…Read More

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Fact vs. Fiction: Down syndrome

October 17, 2016

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Knowledge and understanding of Down syndrome has come a long way. The first confirmed case of the disorder was found in a person who lived about 1,500 years ago and it wasn’t accurately identified until 1866. Despite all we know about its causes, risk factors, and the wonderful people who live full lives with it, many myths still surround Down syndrome. Here are a few of those myths and the facts that bust them: Fiction: Life with Down syndrome is sad Fact: People with Down syndrome can live full, productive, and happy lives. Parents of children with Down syndrome often…Read More

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How Routines Lead to Success

October 14, 2016


How Routines Lead to Success As a parent of a child with special needs, your life may sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming. Although your children light up your world, simple things like getting the children ready for bed can feel impossible some days. What would you do to get a little order in your home? Setting up some family routines may be the game changer you need! Creating routines can be a foundation of security for children and a much-needed source of peace for parents. It may seem counterintuitive, but a predictable schedule and routine gives children the structure they…Read More

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Epic Health Services Establishes New Service Line and Expands into Three New States with Acquisition of Pediatria Healthcare for Kids

October 13, 2016


DALLAS, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —  Epic Health Services Inc., a portfolio company of Webster Capital and Dallas-based provider of pediatric skilled private duty nursing, therapy, developmental, enteral and respiratory services, announced today that it has acquired Pediatria Healthcare for Kids. Based in Norcross, Georgia—about 20 miles northeast of Atlanta—Pediatria provides pediatric home health care services and introduces a new service line to the Epic continuum of care: pediatric day health centers, which provide skilled nursing needs, as well as speech, occupational and physical therapy services, in a center-based environment. “Pediatria has a respected reputation, particularly for its pediatric day health…Read More

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Homework Tips for Children with Special Needs

October 10, 2016

Homework Tips

Providing high-quality, personalized education to children with special needs is important and necessary. It helps these children reach their potential and gives them opportunities that all children deserve. While your child’s teachers may be amazing, the learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings. When your child gets home, he or she will inevitably face every child’s nightmare: homework. Helping your child with special needs with his or her homework can be difficult at times, but don’t lose hope. With some organization and routine, you can experience that amazing moment when your child suddenly gets it. Helping your child with special…Read More

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Finding Time for Yourself: A Parent’s Guide

October 6, 2016

TIme to Relax

Parenting has aptly been described as having your heart live outside your body. Your children become your world and your first priority, and time seems to run out for other commitments such as your significant other, school, work, and friends. Suddenly, the day ends and you haven’t taken a moment to recharge yourself. Sound familiar? Often parents do this because they feel like taking time for themselves is selfish. However, the truth is that taking care of yourself can make you a happier, better parent. Here are some tips for carving out “me time” and making the most of it. Schedule…Read More

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Living with Celiac Diease – A Gluten Free Guide

October 3, 2016


If you or your child has been recently diagnosed with celiac disease, you may feel overwhelmed. While this feeling is understandable, there is plenty of hope for people with celiac disease. Here’s a quick guide to get you started on your gluten-free journey. What is Celiac Disease? The Celiac Disease Foundation defines the disorder as, “a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.” While the damage occurs in the digestive tract, the symptoms can affect the whole body. Check out this list for some of the most common symptoms. At this time,…Read More

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What Parents of Children with Microcephaly Want You to Know

October 2, 2016


  By this time, you’ve no doubt heard about Zika. As the number of cases around the world has increased, so has media coverage. Much of the fear surrounding Zika has been due to a birth defect it is believed to cause: microcephaly. Microcephaly is a relatively rare condition that affects an estimated 2 to 12 of every 10,000 babies born in the United States.  As many people now know, one of the hallmarks of microcephaly is an abnormally small head. The condition can also cause both physical and intellectual delays in development. However, this diagnosis does not define the…Read More

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