New Decorations Bring Out the Smiles in San Antonio

November 6, 2013

Epic team members in San Antonio are known for providing epic quality, epic service and epic care. But based on their latest work, they will also be known for creating epic designs. In October, team members decided to turn their office into a kid-friendly environment for clients, guests and staff. Each department selected a theme, and then spent two weeks making their vision a reality. The operations team – known as “the pit” – went with a race car theme. The nursing team chose a jungle theme. And the therapy team selected an outer space theme. “The kids have LOVED…Read More

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Everything’s Coming Up Pink in North Houston

October 29, 2013

There was a Pink Out yesterday at Epic’s North Houston office. In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the staff wore their finest pink attire and decorated the office with pink balloons. Tunesha Banks, therapy director, was instrumental in organizing the event. “I shared with everyone in our weekly team meeting how this was personal, as my mother died of breast cancer seven years ago,” she said. “The entire office went pink to celebrate the survivors and in memory of the lives lost to breast cancer.” Marcus Koenig, executive director, was happy to see his team in pink. “When…Read More

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Epic is Out and About in East Texas

October 17, 2013

There’s never a shortage of fun things to do in east Texas. Just ask the Epic office in Tyler. Recently, Epic team members participated in two local events committed to helping medically fragile children. On Sept. 27, the Tyler office hit the links in support of the Neal McCoy Angel Network Golf Tourney, which focuses on raising funds to support children living with terminal or life-threatening diseases. The Tyler office has been a yearly sponsor and participant of this great event. And this year, our staff and kiddos got to hang out with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders as well as…Read More

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Sign! The Benefits of Baby Sign Language

October 11, 2013

Benefits of Baby Sign Language Have you ever wondered what a baby was thinking? Did you ever wish your baby could tell you what it wanted instead of just crying? Well, believe it or not, it is possible with sign language. At one time, sign language was thought to be only for people who were deaf or hard of hearing. Now we know that sign language is beneficial in helping our children develop language skills months before they can talk – even if their hearing is normal. Research has shown that you can teach children as young as 8 months…Read More

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Meet Members of the Epic Family: Landon & Carter

October 2, 2013

The saying ‘Life is a journey’ is true for all of us. But when you are a parent raising two medically fragile children along with a typically developing child, that journey can take you places you never imagined. Meet Mark and Brandy Costello, parents to three amazing boys: Landon, 7, Cullen, 4, and Carter, 2. Both Landon and Carter are clients with Epic’s Addison office. When Landon was born, he was diagnosed with Haddad syndrome, which includes congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) and occurs with Hirschsprung disease. CCHS affects Landon’s ability to breathe on his own and required him to…Read More

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3 Steps to Backpack Safety

September 26, 2013

  Now that school is in full swing, you may hear your child complain about minor aches and pains associated with carrying his heavy backpack. While we can’t do anything about the size and weight of today’s textbooks, we’d like to share three simple tips that will help keep everyone pain free and at the top of the class. Wear both straps – Your child may complain that this is not the “cool” way to carry a backpack, but it is certainly the BEST way! The use of one strap causes one side of the body to bear the weight…Read More

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Epic Kiddos Gearing Up for First Pitch with Buddy League

September 19, 2013

While the big league baseball players are approaching the end of their season, our baseball-playing kiddos from Epic’s Addison office are just getting started! The Buddy League – a great organization that gives children with special needs the opportunity to enjoy America’s pastime – is gearing up for another successful season. The league was started in 2002 by Heather Miller and helps children build social skills, self-esteem and relationships with their peers. “The Buddy League has been so great for my daughter, Elizabeth,” said Betty Fleming. “It’s a place where she can feel loved and accepted.” The league would not…Read More

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Protecting Your Medically Fragile Loved One During RSV Season

September 12, 2013

When you have a medically fragile loved one, even the most common virus can wreak havoc on her health. That is why it’s so important to take precautions during the cold season. As we approach the fall and winter months, many of us will come in contact with the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a common virus that is highly contagious and affects the lungs and breathing passages. In healthy adults and some children, RSV may produce only symptoms of a common cold. But in premature babies, as well as in children and adults with diseases that affect the lungs, heart…Read More

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The Picture of Health: Using Photos to Detect Torticollis

August 29, 2013

Would it be correct to state that the number of pictures taken of your child during his first year of life would be difficult to count? As a pediatric physical therapist, I have been lucky enough to see dozens of cute pictures over the years.  There are the smiling pictures, the eating and making a HUGE mess pictures, the adorable sleeping pictures, and the creative pictures with the perfect unplanned pose. While all of these photos are priceless, they may also tell a story about your baby’s health. If you notice that your baby always ‘strikes a pose’ with the…Read More

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Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus: How to Keep Your Family Safe

August 21, 2013

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus: How to Keep Your Family Safe Summer 2013 may be coming to an end, but the mosquitoes that have been thriving during the hot and unusually rainy season may be sticking around a bit longer. In fact, recent reports show that this summer is gearing up to be one of the buggiest on record. While mosquitoes are mostly a nuisance, they can lead to one very serious health concern: West Nile virus. In an effort to keep you and your family safe this mosquito season, we’ve gathered some information on West Nile from the Centers…Read More

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