5 Parental Tips for Special Needs Summer Camp

April 25, 2017

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Summer is just around the corner which means many of us are planning for how we will manage child care coverage and foster learning and fun for our kids. Summer camp can be an intimidating adventure, especially for families of children that have special needs. Great news! The world, including summer camp, is constantly improving on special needs inclusion. If you’re considering signing your child up for a summer camp, here are five tips to help your family have a successful experience. Selecting the Right Camp Nowadays camps are hosting opportunities for you and your child to see the camp…Read More

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Working with Others – Jonathan’s Landscape

April 24, 2017

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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! 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. Elementary Fun Working…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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Shattering the Myths Around Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

April 17, 2017

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National Autism Awareness Month, started by the Autism Society in 1984, dedicates the month of April to help raise support and awareness for individuals with the diagnosis. This year, the Autism Society is taking this campaign a step further by also focusing on acceptance and appreciation. Read on to test your knowledge on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as we shatter common myths surrounding this developmental disability. Myth: Autism affects everyone the same. Fact: Individuals diagnosed with ASD experience different levels of challenges and abilities in three areas; social, behavior, and communication. Symptoms range in severity based on where they are…Read More

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Ana Ramirez-Fogg – Epic Superstar

April 17, 2017

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  Looking past the obstacles life places in your path and focusing on the parts of your life which bring you joy is where we receive our sense of strength. For Corrinne Frog this strength and joy comes from her daughter Ana. Ana was born with a rare syndrome called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS). Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome is a genetic condition that affects your body’s growth, development, physical characteristics and causes seizures. This is caused by a missing piece of genetic material in one of our chromosomes. She was diagnosed with this syndrome within five days of being born and placed in…Read More

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Water Safety Tips for Kids with Autism

April 13, 2017

With springtime upon us, it won’t be long before the temperature heats up—leading many families to make a beeline to their nearest pool or lake. And while the thought of days spent relaxing by the water may trigger excitement and anticipation, parents of children with autism must take extra measures to ensure their child stays safe during warm weather months. According to Autism Speaks, children with autism are often attracted to water sources such as pools, ponds, and lakes—and alarmingly, drowning is the most common fatal injury among children with autism. That doesn’t mean, though, that you must avoid water completely—instead,…Read More

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Antoinette Viana – Epic Superstar

April 13, 2017

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At Epic, nurses’ responsibilities are the farthest thing from simple. To know that the level of care you provide controls a child’s life and health is an enormous responsibility. Since joining the Epic Health Services team Antoinette Viana has been an amazing, hard working, care provider for our kiddos. We are thrilled to announce Antoinette Viana is this week’s Epic Staff Superstar! Antoinette joined Epic on November 2nd, 2012, since then she has become one of the most knowledgeable and experienced registered nurses Epic is lucky to have.  While spending time with fellow co-workers and different members of the Epic…Read More

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Jason Umpierrez – Epic Superstar

April 11, 2017

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Epic Staff Superstars so often demonstrate strength as one of their defining qualities. Jason Umpierrez embodies strength every day when he walks through the doors at Epic. He’s not the finish early and check out early type of person that you meet so often these days. He’s constantly driving to do better, be better, and perform better for our patients and their families. He uses that dedication and strength to find solutions for families and to encourage his coworkers to do great work as well. That’s why Jason is our latest Epic Staff Superstar! Jason’s team in Chambersburg, PA describes…Read More

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Spring Activities for Children with Special Needs

April 11, 2017

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Spring has officially sprung. Soon, flowers will bloom, birds will sing, and kids will play outside! This season is all about beginnings, which makes it a great time to plan fun activities for you children that will inspire them to learn and grow. Spring brings a whole world of sensory possibilities too. New smells, sights, and feelings can help your child develop. Here are some ideas to put a smile on your child’s face this season: 1) Make Chalk Scenes Who doesn’t love sidewalk chalk? Take visual aides to the next level with chalk scenes. Draw any scene where people…Read More

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Fun Easter Activities for Children with Special Needs

April 11, 2017

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The Easter holiday is fast approaching! Like all celebrations, children who have special needs, or their parents, may be apprehensive about participating in such themed public events. Religious affiliations aside, the commercial details of Easter can be fun for all to join in. The Easter Bunny Easter bunny pictures can be very scary and intimidating for a child. Think of it from your child’s perspective – a rabbit taller than their parents, who talks, and is not at the zoo. This contradicts almost everything a small child has learned about interacting with animals. If your family does wish to participate…Read More

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