An Epic Thanks to All of You!

December 30, 2013

It’s definitely been an epic year for us, and we have you to thank for it! The best part of 2013 is that we’ve been able to provide care to more children and adults in more states, as well as spend more time in the community meeting all of you. This year, we launched Epic Pediatric Therapy in Texas. With 11 clinics and 17 offices providing in-home and clinic-based care, our outstanding therapy team has been able to help more kids with their speech, occupational, physical and medical nutrition therapy needs. We’ve also had a blast spreading ‘Epic Care’ throughout…Read More

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Baby Talk: The Foundation for Language Development

December 27, 2013

Baby Talk: The Foundation for Language Development Is there a sweeter sound than that of a baby’s coo? Ever wonder how your baby learned to do that? Well, he learned it from you! According to language development researchers, babies are born preprogrammed to learn language. And early positive experiences with their parents and caregivers are critical for later language development. A baby’s first exchange of communication with the new world begins the moment after birth. Over the following weeks and months, he will soak up and store information like a sponge. He will also learn that when he is hungry,…Read More

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Meet a Member of the Epic Family: Alex

December 18, 2013

This holiday season is especially joyful for the Lee family from southeast Texas. You see, Milton and Covina Lee already got their Christmas wish: a healthy heart for their 1-year-old son, Alex. Meet Alex, a fun-loving little boy who enjoys listening to music, playing with his dog, and splashing in the water during bath time. He also loves spending time with his older brother and sister. Last year on Christmas day, Alex’s heart stopped beating three times. His mom said this was due to holes in his heart, pneumonia and a lung condition. The weeks that followed were tough on…Read More

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Creating Epic Memories with Santa

December 13, 2013

At Epic, bringing joy to our clients is our favorite gift to give. Last weekend, we were able to do just that for our kiddos. For the second year in a row, we partnered with Caring Santa to offer our clients the opportunity to receive a photo session with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. Epic offices participated in a total of 13 Caring Santa events throughout Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. In El Paso, over 45 families participated in the largest event held to date at Cielo Vista Mall. The local news stations – KFOX14 and KTSM News Channel…Read More

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5 Tips for a Sensory-Friendly Holiday

December 10, 2013

Twinkling lights, Christmas carolers, freshly baked gingerbread cookies. While these common holiday sights, sounds and smells bring joy and happiness to many, they can also lead to sensory overload in people with special needs. Many children and adults with special needs, such as autism, are sensitive to noise, lights and other stimuli. As a result, a festive holiday environment may cause unintentional stress for your loved one. To help you and your loved ones have a happy and stress-free holiday, our nursing team in North Brunswick, NJ, has compiled the following list of sensory-friendly tips. Sight – Flashing lights can…Read More

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A Sensory-Friendly Photo Session with Santa

December 2, 2013

Visiting a local mall for a photo session with Santa is a time-honored tradition for many families. And to help make this a fun experience for our clients with special needs, we’ve partnered again this year with Caring Santa! Caring Santa provides sensory-friendly photo sessions during private mall hours. This year, all Caring Santa events will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8. Epic is happy to help sponsor the photo sessions at 16 Simon Malls throughout Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. We’ll also provide our clients with a free* photo session to help mark this special day. If you…Read More

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Put Healthy into the Holidays

November 26, 2013

Want to avoid those pesky holiday pounds this year? The medical nutrition therapy team at Epic’s Austin office can help. Recently, the team hosted free nutrition classes for our clients and friends.  Leigh Hampton, registered dietitian, shared simple tips while discussing delicious and nutritious holiday cooking with clients. “The classes went really well,” said Leigh. “All of the clients seemed very interested in the topic and were very eager to share the successes they have had during previous holiday seasons.” While the average American gains approximately one to two pounds during the holidays – according to the Academy of Nutrition…Read More

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Prevent the Flu This Season with These Helpful Tips

November 19, 2013

Prevent The Flu The big chill has arrived… and with it comes the dreaded flu season! Since we know how important it is for you and your loved ones to remain healthy this flu season, we’re sharing a few tips that will help you understand what the flu is, how you can prevent it, what the symptoms are, and what you can do if you or a loved one gets sick. The flu, also known as influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. It affects people very differently, with some only experiencing a mild illness, while others contract…Read More

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Kirk Clan Walks to Defeat ALS

November 14, 2013

Mr. Kirk and the entire Kirk Clan were decked out in green and blue plaid kilts or pants as they walked Lou Gehrig once said, “I might have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.” That’s the same sentiment displayed by Mr. Richard Kirk, an Epic client who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – in 2010. Last Saturday. Mr. Kirk and the entire Kirk Clan were decked out in green and blue plaid kilts or pants as they walked to raise awareness and funds for…Read More

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Improving Vision and Movement Skills in Children

November 12, 2013

Improving Vision and Movement Skills in Children Does your child have trouble with classroom tasks like reading and writing? If so, then a visit with an occupational therapist may help. Occupational therapists help children with two important skills needed for life-long learning: visual-motor integration (hand-eye coordination) and visual perception. Visual-motor integration (VMI) is defined as the coordination between visual perception and hand movement. Visual perception is a process that includes receiving visual information from the environment and then processing and understanding it. Learning these skills is important for a child’s development, and there are numerous play and therapeutic activities that…Read More

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