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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5 Community Service Projects Your Family Can Do

February 28, 2017

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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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Fact vs. Fiction: Down syndrome

October 17, 2016

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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

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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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Back to School – Feeding Tube Planning

September 1, 2016

Tube Feeding

It’s September, and kids are back in school! For children with a feeding tube, there are some important and necessary steps to take to ensure that their feedings are accomplished at school.  Here are some of the steps to plan for: Obtain the needed documentation All school districts require a signed doctor’s order and dietitian’s note specifying the child’s tube feeding plan and needs.  If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you would want to make sure any accommodations that need to be made around their feeding or tube care are specified in it. Train the teacher, school…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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Cri du Chat Syndrome – “Cry of the Cat”

May 26, 2016

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The 5P Minus syndrome, also called Cri du Chat syndrome (or CdCS), is a genetic disorder caused due to a lack of a portion of chromosome  number 5. Those born with this missing or shortened chromosome have a distinctive “cat cry” or kitten-like cry (soft cry), due to an undeveloped larynx, which can deepen as a child grows older. Lower birth weight, smaller head circumference, and developmental delays are common in children with Cri du Chat syndrome. During May, the 5P Minus Society and Cri du Chat.org are working to educate others about this extremely rare condition that affects approximately…Read More

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Williams Syndrome Awareness

May 26, 2016

There are approximately 20,000 people in the United States with Williams syndrome (WS), and yet so little is known about it. That’s one of the reasons why the Williams Syndrome Association observes May as WS Awareness month. The goal in spreading awareness is to bring funding and resources to families with children and adults who live with WS – and help them realize their full potential. A ready smile, a love of music and a social personality commonly make up the unique profile of a person with Williams syndrome. While it is a genetic disorder, caused by the deletion of…Read More

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Texas Primary Runoff Election – May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

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Today, May 24th, is a crucial election day for the state of Texas.  If you live in Texas Senate District 24 please make every effort to go to the polls and cast your ballot for one of these two candidates: Susan King, RN from the Abilene area.  Throughout her career as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, Susan has been a staunch supporter of nurses who work in any environment. Dawn Buckingham is an ophthalmologist in the North Austin area. This election is open to all voters regardless of political affiliation, so both democrats and republicans should vote. …Read More

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