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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Back to School Tips for Special Education Students – Part 1

August 10, 2017

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It’s almost time to head back to the classroom! Our students, and their parents, are very excited for the new school year and probably a little anxious, too. A group of Special Education teachers recently told Epic about the most common issues and questions they face each school year. Take it from the teachers – here’s part 1 of what you should know before you send your child back to school. Backpacks Backpacks are essential for helping your student throughout their day and size does matter. Please make sure your student’s backpack is large enough to comfortably hold multiple standard…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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Five Steps to a Healthy Heart

February 6, 2017

Healthy Heart

If there was a disease that was responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country each year, what would you do to prevent that disease? Unfortunately, there is such an ailment in America: heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease accounts for about 25% of all deaths in the United States. It is the number one killer of both men and women, taking 610,000 people each year. These statistics can be startling and terrifying. However, you should take some comfort in knowing that there are ways you can protect yourself and…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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4 Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016


For parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Thanksgiving is an often stressful holiday. Challenges include the frequent bombardment of stimuli, especially at malls and shopping centers, the dual stresses of food aversions and unfamiliar locations or situations, and the change in routine that comes with Thanksgiving. Below are some suggestions for getting through Turkey Day with your sanity intact. Tip #1: Prepare Food if Necessary If your child has mild food aversions (they have at least 20 foods they will eat), pack/provide one or two foods that you know your child will eat, but encourage them to look…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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