Preparing Your Child for NYE Fireworks

December 28, 2016


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


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

feeding tubes

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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Levi Reynolds – Epic Superstar

December 20, 2016

Levi Reynolds

At just two-years-old, Levi has already overcome many health obstacles and has shown tremendous progress! Epic is proud to present him as this week’s Epic Patient Superstar! Before he was even 12 months old, Levi had transitioned in and out of several foster homes. When Ginna and Nicholas Reynolds first met Levi through the foster program, he was in desperate need of a loving home and family who would understand his complex medical needs. A little over a year ago, Levi began services with Epic Medical Solutions (formerly Medco and Option 1) through the P.E.E.P. Program®, receiving medical supplies, enteral…Read More

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Tips for Traveling with Feeding Tube Equipment

December 19, 2016

feeding tube

AAA expects a record-breaking 103 million Americans to travel between December 23, 2016, and January 2, 2017.  Many of these travelers will hit the road with a feeding tube in tow. In addition to weather concerns and crowded airports, feeding tubes can cause undue stress when traveling. Concerns about TSA regulations, health needs, and emergencies might understandably feel overwhelming for parents of children with feeding tubes. However, with some preparation and knowledge, you can travel with a feeding tube with relative ease. Here are Epic’s top tips for feeding tube travel: Have an Emergency Plan Is your mind racing with…Read More

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How to Find Safe Gifts for Children with Special Needs

December 15, 2016

safe gifts

The holiday season is a time for family gatherings, comforting meals, and gift giving. During this joyous time of year, parents also scramble to find the toys that will bring their children the most joy. While many parents are worried about finding an elusive Hatchimal, parents of children with special needs have unique concerns on their minds. Finding gifts that are sensory-friendly, accessible, safe, and fun can be a challenge. Luckily, toy companies are becoming more in-tune with special needs. Regardless of your child’s specific needs, you can find presents that will make his or her season bright. Here are…Read More

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Lisa Williams – Epic Staff Superstar

December 15, 2016

Lisa Williams Staff Superstar

Lisa Williams is proof that you don’t have to wear a cape or stop an alien invasion to change the world. Real life heroes dedicate their lives to helping people in their communities, and that’s exactly what Lisa does through her work as a pediatric physical therapist. That’s why she’s our latest Epic Staff Superstar. Don’t take our word that she’s a hero. A mother to one of Lisa’s patients said about Lisa, “Bradley and I have several heroes, but this lady right here will forever be one of our biggest.” We understand why. The same mother went on to…Read More

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Kenneth Green – Epic Patient Superstar

December 9, 2016

kenneth green superstar

Kenneth Green came roaring into this world prematurely at only 31 weeks gestation. The sweet baby boy spent the next one year, one month, and two days in the hospital. In fewer than two years, Kenneth has already overcome more than most people do in a lifetime. However, these obstacles have not stopped him from becoming a real charmer and our latest Epic Patient Superstar. Kenneth is a happy baby who has dealt with severe pulmonary hypertension, chronic respiratory failure, being trach ventilator dependent, cardiomyopathy, and bronchomalacia. All of this causes Kenneth to have severe difficulty with breathing. At only…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Surviving the Holidays

December 8, 2016

Asperger's syndrome

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! Light the tree, prepare the stockings, and before you know it we find ourselves in the middle of our biggest holiday season of the year. Jonathan is here to discuss how someone with Asperger’s prepares themselves for the various events that may take place during the holiday season. “Family visiting…Read More

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Tips on Surviving Puberty with Your Child with Special Needs

December 2, 2016

Puberty Special Needs

There’s no way around it; puberty is often a difficult journey for both children and parents. Changing bodies, intense emotions, and raging hormones can make this transition confusing. Add special needs in the mix, and it’s understandable that any parent would feel overwhelmed. However, with the right attitude and a few good practices, you may just find that puberty is another incredible and exciting step in your child’s (or rather, teen’s) life. Here are a few of Epic Health’s best tips for surviving – and even thriving – through your child’s puberty years: Get Reading! As with so many tough…Read More

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