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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Occupational Therapy – Helping Develop Important Life Skills

April 18, 2017

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month. In addition to working on sensory disorders and fine motor skills, Occupational Therapists take into consideration environmental, psychological, and social abilities. This therapy is not just to help adults learn or regain skills for their job, rather is beneficial for all age groups with a variety of diagnoses to include developmental or learning disabilities, chronic illness, post-surgery, traumatic injuries and birth defects. Occupational therapy (OT) is often provided in addition to Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy and incorporates everyday household items and activities in the treatment. In addition to outpatient clinics and the hospital,…Read More

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Shattering the Myths Around Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

April 17, 2017


National Autism Awareness Month, started by the Autism Society in 1984, dedicates the month of April to help raise support and awareness for individuals with the diagnosis. This year, the Autism Society is taking this campaign a step further by also focusing on acceptance and appreciation. Read on to test your knowledge on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as we shatter common myths surrounding this developmental disability. Myth: Autism affects everyone the same. Fact: Individuals diagnosed with ASD experience different levels of challenges and abilities in three areas; social, behavior, and communication. Symptoms range in severity based on where they are…Read More

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How to Discipline Your Child with Autism

January 19, 2017

Discipline is essentially teaching your child to behave appropriately in different circumstances and with different people. Because children with ASD learn in unique ways, they also require different methods of discipline. If you need ideas on how to teach your child with ASD to behave better, try Epic’s Top Tips: Consider ABA Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of behavior principles that focuses on the relationship between behavior and environment. A competent behavior therapist will help you identify effective interventions and strategies to teach your child. Learn more about these techniques here. Understand the reason for the problem behavior To…Read More

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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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The FAQ About 22Q: What is it?

November 14, 2016


22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, or 22Q, is a complex chromosomal abnormality that is relatively unheard of in the general public. 22Q Awareness Month, which is November, aims to change this by shedding light onto the syndrome. To do our part in educating the public, here are answers to 8 common questions about 22Q: What causes 22Q? 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome occurs when one small part of chromosome 22 is missing. What are the symptoms and effects of 22Q? The small missing piece of chromosome 22 can cause nearly 200 different health and developmental issues. The issues can include breathing problems, developmental delays,…Read More

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Sensory-Friendly Fall Activities

November 2, 2016

Fall Activities Sensory Sensitivity

The leaves are changing color, there’s a slight chill in the air, and everything is pumpkin spiced. It must be fall! It’s a special time of year that sparks the senses. With all the exciting sights and smells, fall can be either beautiful or terrifying for a child who is sensitive to sensory stimulation, such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, with the right activities and games, children with sensory sensitivity can have a magical fall season. Are you looking for ways to get your child in the autumnal spirit? Look no further! Here is our list of sensory-friendly…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Halloween Tips for People with Asperger’s

October 30, 2016

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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! Halloween is just around the corner and Jonathan is here to discuss some tips for people with Asperger’s syndrome during this spooky holiday. There are many things that can make Halloween an uncomfortable experience for people with Asperger’s syndrome. Jonathan would like to give us a peek into his world to…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 3: Final Tips

October 27, 2016


Halloween is an exciting time for most kids, but for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) it can present some obstacles.  Unexpected sounds, people dressed like monsters, crowds, etc., can all be unnerving, and things like a fascination with flashing lights or a fear of animated objects can send even a highly verbal child with ASD running down the street with no regard for safety.  However, there are several things parents and caregivers can do to make the Halloween experience both safe and fun for any child “on the spectrum”. First, talk with your child about the holiday and what…Read More

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Stuttering: What is it? What can we do about it?

October 24, 2016


What is Stuttering? Stuttering is a communication disorder that is characterized by disruptions in the flow of one’s speech. These disruptions or disfluencies can be displayed as blocks (of air flow), prolongations of sounds in words, part or whole word repetitions, sound or word reversals and interjections such as “um” and “uh”. In addition to the production of disfluencies, individuals who stutter can also display physical concomitants such as jaw, neck and facial tension, avoiding eye contact, facial grimacing, and irregular hand or body movements. There are two terms that are used to describe the types of stuttering that individuals…Read More

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