To the Mama of a Special Needs Family

April 25, 2018

special needs

To the mama of a special needs family, we’d like to celebrate you today. Your children adore you and we’d like to join them communicating their love and appreciation this Mother’s Day. Your relationship with your child is a true treasure, and they know this. No matter what special needs your child may face, you are the light of your child’s life. Motherhood is call like none other and each journey looks so different. It probably looks much different than you envisioned – I think it does for us all. A popular mommy blogger, Amy Weatherly, once wrote a post…Read More

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Mom-to-mom: Fun Ways to Communicate Love this Valentine’s Day

January 26, 2018

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Welcome back to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to let mothers share their favorite tips and tricks to help our families thrive. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help your family by sharing fun ways we can communicate love this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Your first reaction may be that it’s obvious to our children know how much we love them, right? Hopefully that’s true in your home, but it’s…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Skills for Work Place Self-Advocacy

January 15, 2018

Jonathan's Landscape

Self-advocacy is the ability and willingness to speak up for yourself to get what you need to be successful in a particular environment. A good self-advocate makes use of several skills, among them self-awareness, good communication, and leadership. In this article we talk about how to develop these skills for effective self-advocacy. A good way to develop self-advocacy is being aware of what areas of work you are good at, your goals, and also what is required of you at your job. An example of a long-term goal is a desire to get a promotion. Suppose you enjoy motivational speaking,…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Making the Roommate Experience a Positive One

January 5, 2018

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! In every walk of life we often come across a circumstance where working with others is an important part of the situation. Jonathan is here to discuss his experiences when working with others and everything he has been through and give his advice on tackling this obstacle. There are both…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Tips for Discussing Your Christmas Plans in the Office

December 12, 2017

Jonathan's Landscape

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! In every walk of life we often come across a circumstance where working with others is an important part of the situation. Jonathan is here to discuss his experiences when working with others and everything he has been through and give his advice on tackling this obstacle. Holidays at the…Read More

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Productive Ways to Address Non-preferred Behavior

November 3, 2017

The school year is in full swing and fall weather is in the air. This can be a wonderful time for families who enjoy the consistency the school year promises. This may be particularly true for families with children with special needs. Have you noticed that our children with special needs often appear to thrive when involved in the routine of the school year? The notion that children with special needs crave the consistency of the school year routine may also support other productive outcomes of adhering to a schedule, such as reducing incidence of off-task and non-functional behavior in…Read More

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Mom-to-Mom: Maintaining Privacy with In-home Healthcare

October 26, 2017

Welcome back to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We’re going to use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to help mothers across the board share applicable tips and tricks to help each of us best serve our families. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help you help yours by discussing ways to maintain family privacy when you have frequent in-home nursing care for one of your children. Set Space Boundaries While it is important to make your medical…Read More

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New Babysitter Screening

September 27, 2017

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It’s time for a ‘parent time-out!’ That’s right, you’ve got a kid-free occasion on your calendar and it’s time to find help to cover your responsibilities. Finding a babysitter is often the greatest hurdle we parents face when committing to adult-only events. Don’t let that stop you from attending – we all need a break sometimes. Here are a few pointers to help you screen your next potential babysitter. By finding the right person to watch your precious children, not only will your kids have a great time in your absence, but you will also enjoy your event with peace…Read More

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Mom-to-Mom: Managing the Home When One Child is Hospitalized

September 18, 2017

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Welcome to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We’d like to use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to help mothers across the board share applicable tips and tricks to help each of us best serve our families. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help you help yours while one of your children has to be hospitalized. As much as we’d like, we know the world doesn’t stop when one of our kiddos faces a medical emergency. While the…Read More

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Epic Patient Superstar – Melissa Baranow

September 6, 2017

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This week’s Epic Patient Superstar is Miss Melissa Baranow. A vibrant 14 year old, Melissa joined Epic Health Services just after she was born. She is funny, bright, and talented and she is loved by all who know her. We are thrilled to introduce you to one of our long-time Epic family members. Melissa receives private duty nursing services as well as personal care services from the Epic team of caretakers. An Epic nurse assists Melissa and her family overnight and also attends school with Melissa throughout the day. Alongside her family, the Epic staff wants only the best for…Read More

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