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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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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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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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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5 Fun Exercises for Kids

April 7, 2017

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Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy life for anyone, including kids. Cultivating exercise habits in your kids now can lead to a healthier adult life with plenty of exercise. However, it won’t be too successful if children feel like working out is just another chore. Much like hiding greens in a delicious smoothie, you can make being healthy fun by disguising exercise as play. Kids and grownups alike are more likely to work out regularly if they enjoy it. Here are a few fun ways you can incorporate exercise into your family’s routine: 1) Races Nothing gets…Read More

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Trisomy FAQ: The Four Types of Trisomy

March 30, 2017

However, some people are born with 47 chromosomes. This causes a Trisomy condition. Which Trisomy condition depends on which pair of chromosomes the extra one attaches itself to. 1. Down Syndrome Trisomy can occur on any set of chromosomes. However, there are three chromosome pairs that are most commonly affected by Trisomy. Most common is Trisomy 21, more commonly called Down Syndrome. This particular trisomy disorder occurs in 1 in every 300 pregnancies, or 1 in 691 births in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms include: Distinctively shaped eyes Other physical markers,…Read More

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Brain Injury: What You Should Know

March 17, 2017

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Did you know that 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year? Although brain injuries are pervasive in our world, it’s not discussed nearly as much as it should be. Because brain injuries can be difficult to talk about, the issue sometimes get swept under the rug. Brain Injury Awareness Month was created to combat this lack of knowledge. Each March, we work to make the public at large aware of the issue surrounding brain injuries and the lives of those who live with them. In the spirit of awareness, here are Epic’s top topics you should…Read More

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation 101

March 14, 2017

A Different Type of Rehab When you think about rehab, what comes to mind? Do you vision someone learning how to walk again for the first time? Do you think of a place that helps someone return to their highest level of functioning? Do you imagine someone working on recovering from drug or alcohol addiction? While those are forms of rehab, there is another version of rehab that you may not be aware exists. In honor of National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 12-18, we would like to introduce to you another form of rehab known as Pulmonary Rehabilitation. What is…Read More

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