Summer Series: Weather and Your Child’s Health

July 28, 2016

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Part One: Heat Index Heat waves can be pretty brutal during the summer season. And we all know sometimes what the temperature says and how it truly feels can be very different. For me, there are times when 85 degrees outside seems like the perfect weather for a summer day. But, there are other times when I find it slightly hard to breathe in the exact temperature. In places like Texas the relative humidity, which is the percentage of air moisture in the atmosphere, has a significant impact on what “real” heat levels are outside. “Real” is a term I…Read More

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Keeping Kids with Special Needs Active and Moving

July 26, 2016

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There are many benefits to physical activity and fitness. We know this intrinsically and medically, as muscle movement and aerobic activity can manage weight, stress and a host of other things we deal with in our daily lives. But if you or someone you know has a child with special needs, the challenges to exercise and mobility can be significant. Benefits of Movement and Activity for Kids with Special Needs Keeping your child moving can combat health risks such as obesity, and can lead to many other feelings of well-being and confidence throughout their lives – benefits such as: Improved…Read More

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Water Play is Fun and Therapeutic

July 15, 2016

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Now that summer schedules have kicked into gear, families are spending more time at play. And that means vacations, camps and fun activities often near water – lakes, oceans, pools and the good old fashioned water hose blast in the backyard. And for families with kids with special needs, having fun through water play can also mean getting good exercise and therapy benefits, mentally and physically. Swimming can be one of the most complete and beneficial activities you can do with a child from birth. And for children with special needs, water play is a great way to reinforce abilities,…Read More

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Off to Camp We Go!

July 14, 2016

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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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3 Tips for Preventing the Summer Slide

July 6, 2016

Your kids have been off for a couple of weeks now and like many parents, you’re probably beginning to get a little concerned with your children taking a 100% break from everything related to school and academics. This concern is not unfounded; there are numerous studies that indicate that the summer slide is a real thing, and that kids often loose months’ worth of academic skills over the summer (Borman & Boulay, 2012). The internet is filled with thousands of write ups and recommendations for preventing the summer slide, the summer slump, summer learning loss, etc. Google any one of…Read More

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Epic Staff Superstar – Patricia Glover, LPN

July 6, 2016

Selfless, amazingly caring, and dedicated are three characteristics that fit Epic employees. Ms. Patricia Glover, LPN lives these out every day, on and off the job. Recently, an Epic patient’s mother felt so appreciative, she nominated nurse Glover to be an Epic Staff Superstar, and we’re thrilled to share her story. Ms. Tornabe, the patient’s mother, had to make an unexpected midnight trip to the emergency room. She had never been to an emergency room before and was nervous about the experience. In a panic, Ms. Tornabe called her Epic nurse, Patricia, for advice and to see if she could…Read More

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Juan Diego De La Paz – Epic Patient Superstar

July 6, 2016

Drumroll please … Nine-year-old Juan Diego De La Paz is our next Epic Patient Superstar! JD was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that affects his control of muscle movement.  Due to the degenerative nature of this disability, JD has been receiving speech therapy services since 2011 with Epic Pediatric Therapy. JD’s expressive language was compromised due to his inability to produce intelligible speech; thus, it was suggested that he would highly benefit from the use of an augmentative device to help facilitate communication.  JD was introduced to the Tobii Dynavox in 2015, and since then his ultimate goal…Read More

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Fourth of July Weekend Fun

July 1, 2016

The Suburban Parents Magazine would like to wish you a Happy Forth of July. They have listed a ton of great events for you and your family to enjoy this holiday weekend! SATURDAY  |  2 Sachse Red, White and Blue Blast 5:30-10pm.  Celebrate the holiday with a patriotic community parade, live entertainment, kids’ activities, food vendors, bounce houses, contests and, of course, fireworks.  Heritage Park, 4408 Hudson Park. SUNDAY  |  3 Red, White and Boom on the Bridge 3-10pm.  Includes the fireworks show, musicians and other local performers, food, vendors, children’s activities and more.  Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, 122 Continental…Read More

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Epic Superstar – Alexsander Garcia

June 29, 2016

You can always count on Epic Patient Superstar Alexsander Garcia for a smile! Alexsander has been working with Epic since 2010 – 6 years and counting! When we first met Alexsander and his family, he absolutely loved to play but struggled to walk and could not yet speak any words. Hearing loss, abnormality of gait, and lack of coordination are a few of the challenges the Epic Pediatric Therapy team works with Alexsander to improve. Alexsander has put forth an impressive amount of effort to achieve his therapy milestones, including the ability to complete tasks that were once difficult due…Read More

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Conor Kearns – Epic Staff Superstar

June 22, 2016

We’d like to take a moment to recognize a star on our sales team, Conor Kearns! Conor started his career at Epic in February of 2016 as a Client Relations Associate for the inside sales department, and his infectious positive personality continues to be admired and appreciated by all of his colleagues. While making calls to Epic families, Conor learned that we have a patient who has different sized feet, and therefore, requires two different sizes of shoes. The patient’s grandmother usually goes to Walmart and buys two sets of shoes in different sizes to accommodate him, but has found…Read More

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