To the Mama of a Special Needs Family

April 25, 2018

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To the mama of a special needs family, we’d like to celebrate you today. Your children adore you and we’d like to join them communicating their love and appreciation this Mother’s Day. Your relationship with your child is a true treasure, and they know this. No matter what special needs your child may face, you are the light of your child’s life. Motherhood is call like none other and each journey looks so different. It probably looks much different than you envisioned – I think it does for us all. A popular mommy blogger, Amy Weatherly, once wrote a post…Read More

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Mom-to-mom: Fun Ways to Communicate Love this Valentine’s Day

January 26, 2018

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Welcome back to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to let mothers share their favorite tips and tricks to help our families thrive. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help your family by sharing fun ways we can communicate love this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Your first reaction may be that it’s obvious to our children know how much we love them, right? Hopefully that’s true in your home, but it’s…Read More

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

January 15, 2018

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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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Mom-to-Mom: Maintaining Privacy with In-home Healthcare

October 26, 2017

Welcome back to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We’re going to use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to help mothers across the board share applicable tips and tricks to help each of us best serve our families. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help you help yours by discussing ways to maintain family privacy when you have frequent in-home nursing care for one of your children. Set Space Boundaries While it is important to make your medical…Read More

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New Babysitter Screening

September 27, 2017

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It’s time for a ‘parent time-out!’ That’s right, you’ve got a kid-free occasion on your calendar and it’s time to find help to cover your responsibilities. Finding a babysitter is often the greatest hurdle we parents face when committing to adult-only events. Don’t let that stop you from attending – we all need a break sometimes. Here are a few pointers to help you screen your next potential babysitter. By finding the right person to watch your precious children, not only will your kids have a great time in your absence, but you will also enjoy your event with peace…Read More

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Mom-to-Mom: Managing the Home When One Child is Hospitalized

September 18, 2017

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Welcome to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We’d like to use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to help mothers across the board share applicable tips and tricks to help each of us best serve our families. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help you help yours while one of your children has to be hospitalized. As much as we’d like, we know the world doesn’t stop when one of our kiddos faces a medical emergency. While the…Read More

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Caregiver Burnout: How to Prevent It

August 24, 2017

Can we caregivers take a minute and be completely vulnerable and transparent? Caring for children with special needs is tough work. The days can be long and the challenges tall, but please know that Epic Health Services is here to support you and your family every step of the way. Today we’d like to discuss a real issue facing countless families worldwide – caregiver burnout. According to Web MD, “Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur…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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Family Fun Night!

August 7, 2017

Has it been a while since you got your crew all together for intentional laughter, fun, and bonding moments? We all get swept up in the busyness of life, so today we’d like to help you find ideas to slow down and have a blast with your family. No matter what special needs your loved ones may face, you can tailor all of the following suggestions to make it a great time for all. Game Night Friendly competition is excellent for character building and teaching life lessons. Hop to it by selecting a family favorite board game you can play…Read More

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