Summer Activities for Special Needs Families

June 27, 2018

Its summer, it’s hot, and school is out. What are you doing with your family to make the most of these sunny months together? A few moms of kids with special needs graciously divulged their favorite summertime activities that their whole family enjoys. Take their suggestions and join up with other local families for countless good times ahead. Adaptive sports Thankfully our world is adapting and there is a growing number of options available for sports and other fun, coordinated, and coached activities for kids with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. A quick search on the internet for “adaptive sports” will…Read More

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The Art of Hosting a Special Needs Playdate

May 30, 2018

Social skills and relationships are essential to raising healthy and well-rounded kiddos. This is a challenge for all parents, but it can be exponentially harder for parents of children with special needs. We’ve heard from a few of our special mamas and they’ve all recommended the same thing – take the lead! If your child isn’t having the social opportunities you all desire, then create them. Let us help you master the art of hosting a special needs play date. Who should you invite to the playdate? If your child doesn’t have a natural group of friends, start your invitation…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Skills for Work Place Self-Advocacy

January 15, 2018

Jonathan's Landscape

Self-advocacy is the ability and willingness to speak up for yourself to get what you need to be successful in a particular environment. A good self-advocate makes use of several skills, among them self-awareness, good communication, and leadership. In this article we talk about how to develop these skills for effective self-advocacy. A good way to develop self-advocacy is being aware of what areas of work you are good at, your goals, and also what is required of you at your job. An example of a long-term goal is a desire to get a promotion. Suppose you enjoy motivational speaking,…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Making the Roommate Experience a Positive One

January 5, 2018

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! In every walk of life we often come across a circumstance where working with others is an important part of the situation. Jonathan is here to discuss his experiences when working with others and everything he has been through and give his advice on tackling this obstacle. There are both…Read More

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Jonathan’s Landscape: Tips for Discussing Your Christmas Plans in the Office

December 12, 2017

Jonathan's Landscape

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! In every walk of life we often come across a circumstance where working with others is an important part of the situation. Jonathan is here to discuss his experiences when working with others and everything he has been through and give his advice on tackling this obstacle. Holidays at the…Read More

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5 Tips to Help Your Child with Special Needs Make Friends

July 30, 2017

Friendship is a beautiful gift that makes life feel richer, sweeter, and celebratory. People of all ages benefit from having amicable relationships with others and children, especially those with special needs, may need some extra help in developing such meaningful friendships with their peers. Let these five tips help you help your kiddo increase their circle of friends. 1. Ask the right questions Asking questions like “why?” and “are we there yet?” tends to come natural to children. Actively work with your kid to improve upon this instinctive skill and help them learn to ask the right kinds of questions…Read More

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Adaptive Summertime Fun

July 25, 2017

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It’s July, it’s hot, and it’s likely that you’re trying to find fun ways to spend your summertime days with your children. Don’t let their special needs hold you back from sharing your favorite summer activities. We’ve compiled summertime bucket list to help you keep the good times rolling this season. Summertime eats and treats are a delicious way to bond with your child. Watermelon, popsicles, slushies, and more – now is a great time to introduce your kids to your favorite hot weather food and beverages. If your kids have dietary restrictions, there are countless online resources like the…Read More

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The Gift of Gratitude for Nurses

May 13, 2017

Thank a Nurse

It’s Nurses Week – have you thanked yours lately? Nurses carry life-dependent responsibilities on their shoulders and all too often their efforts go unrecognized. We’d like to use today’s blog to help you show appreciation to the well-deserving care provider in your or your child’s life. Tell them Appreciation is good for the soul and a sincere verbal “thank you” can make anyone’s day. To show your gratitude, you could tell your nurse how much you value their work, recognize the care they provide, and/or remind them of the progress you guys have made together. What a kind and meaningful…Read More

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Epic Mom Superstar – Kimberly Robinson

May 13, 2017

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Kimberly is the proud mother of twin boys, Noah and Christopher Robinson. Both diagnosed with autism, Noah and Christopher joined the Epic family in 2016 for behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Kimberly has raised such friendly, fun, and engaging young men. They love playing with each other and the Epic staff. Since starting services with Epic, both boys have made a lot of progress with their social and language skills. They are also improving with following schedules and successfully completing new tasks. Kimberly was nominated as a Mom Superstar by Jilian Planer of our Epic Developmental Services division….Read More

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Nurses Go Beyond the Call of Duty

May 8, 2017

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The role of a nursing professional is a labor of love to be celebrated! From dispensing medicine, treating wounds, and monitoring patient vital signs, nurses keep patients alive and help them thrive. While they successfully manage all of the aforementioned responsibilities, Epic home health nurses go far beyond their call of duty.  We’d like you to join us in recognition and appreciation of these individuals who do so much for the Epic family. Your nurse becomes your family’s friend. Our nurses often become an extension of the family when caring for our pediatric patients. Spending weeks, months, and years with…Read More

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