5 Myths and Facts: Cerebral Palsy

March 17, 2017

cerebral palsy

Misinformation about and misunderstanding of Cerebral Palsy (CP) is common. Because CP has a wide range of symptoms and severity, it can be difficult to understand the wants and needs of patients. That’s where Epic comes in! At Epic Health Services, we are dedicated to making a better world for all people with disabilities. As one way to fulfill this mission, we strive to educate the general public about what it’s really like to live with a disability. One of the first steps of this education is busting myths that people have come to believe. Here are five myths about…Read More

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How to Live Side by Side: Developmental Disabilities Month

March 14, 2017

Developmental Disabilities

  Over 6 million people in the United States live with a developmental disability. Yet many neurotypical people don’t know how to fully include people with developmental disabilities in the community. That’s why we set aside March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This year, the theme is “Life Side By Side.” Epic wishes to promote inclusion as understanding of people with developmental disabilities. With this goal in mind, here are some ways you can make sure you’re living Life Side by Side. Stop Bullying Inclusion starts with children. It’s important that parents teach children to include people who are different…Read More

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5 Community Service Projects Your Family Can Do

February 28, 2017

community service

Community Service: A Family Activity Working together in the service of others can be an amazing way to bond as a family. Community service projects can help to teach your children about humility and kindness. Sometimes, it can be difficult to find time for these activities amidst the hustle and bustle of family life. The key is to choose a project and commit to it. Put it in your calendar like any other important appointment. When the time comes, you’ll be glad your family committed to spending time together in service of others. Here are a few projects you can…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 2: Treats for Kids with Feeding Tubes

October 24, 2016

Halloween Feeding Tube Treats

Halloween is a dream holiday for many kids. All the candy you can eat? What’s not to love?! However, if your child is on a feeding tube or has specific food allergies, Halloween is a very different scenario. This may complicate things, but there is hope! Organizations like Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have created the Teal Pumpkin Project® to help find non-food treats to make Halloween fun for everyone. Teal Pumpkin Project® The orange pumpkin is the signature icon of Halloween. It’s seen outside of almost every house. But have you ever seen a teal pumpkin and thought,…Read More

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Fact vs. Fiction: Down syndrome

October 17, 2016

down syndrome awareness

Knowledge and understanding of Down syndrome has come a long way. The first confirmed case of the disorder was found in a person who lived about 1,500 years ago and it wasn’t accurately identified until 1866. Despite all we know about its causes, risk factors, and the wonderful people who live full lives with it, many myths still surround Down syndrome. Here are a few of those myths and the facts that bust them: Fiction: Life with Down syndrome is sad Fact: People with Down syndrome can live full, productive, and happy lives. Parents of children with Down syndrome often…Read More

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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 16, 2016

Physical

Childhood obesity is a complex and serious medical issue that is currently affecting 17% of children 2-19 years old. It occurs when a child is significantly above (>95th percentile) the average weight range for the child’s age and height.  Obesity significantly increases the risk for both physical and psychological health issues. It is caused by a combination of genetics and behavioral factors. Consequences The fact that 1 in 6 adolescents are categorized as obese is alarming in itself, but the issues associated with this may be of even more concern: Increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to high blood…Read More

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Preparing for School

August 22, 2016

Preparing for School

Preparing for School: Getting Back on a Schedule It’s hard to believe summer’s almost over and students will be heading back to school.  Many parents have already started shopping for back to school supplies and clothes.  Children are eagerly checking their mailboxes to find out who their teachers will be and who is in their classes.  It’s an exciting time of year, but getting back into a schedule and routine can be challenging.  During the summer, most children have less structure, go to bed later, and sleep in later.  Now is the time to start preparing them to get back into the…Read More

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A Wonderful Night to Remember

August 15, 2016

Cyberbullying

Prom Night for Those with Special Needs At Epic, those with special needs are near and dear to our hearts. Today, I’d like to share details of an amazing event that the Tim Tebow Foundation hosts annually to honor individuals with special needs. Tim Tebow, former NFL football player and co-host of the current reality television series, Home Free, created Night to Shine as a fun prom night event to share love, value, and appreciation to those ages 14 and above with special needs. Night to Shine is not only held here in United States, but this event is also…Read More

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Summer Series: Weather and Your Child’s Health Part 2

August 3, 2016

Holoprosencephaly Awareness

Part Two: Ozone and Air Quality Index If you don’t remember anything you learned in your environmental science class in school about the term “ozone” except that the earth’s ozone layer is depleting, something about a greenhouse effect, that somehow it is influencing pollution levels, and therefore humanity should be very concerned about this, don’t feel bad! You may have thought to yourself, “What does all of this really mean, and how is it affecting my family, and especially my children, on a daily basis?” If so, let me share what I’ve learned that can help you keep your family…Read More

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Off to Camp We Go!

July 14, 2016

camp

You’ve invested a good deal of time researching the perfect overnight camp for your child with special needs. Now it’s time to put the plan into place, and help your camper embark on a successful and fun-filled overnight camp experience. A good preparation plan is key. And not only will preparation help your child realize camp-time is just around the corner, it also helps you in knowing you’ve done a great job in getting them camp-ready. Here’s a couple of tips to ease the way: Sign Up with a Camp Buddy – Kids will be less likely to feel anxious…Read More

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