Productive Ways to Address Non-preferred Behavior

November 3, 2017

The school year is in full swing and fall weather is in the air. This can be a wonderful time for families who enjoy the consistency the school year promises. This may be particularly true for families with children with special needs. Have you noticed that our children with special needs often appear to thrive when involved in the routine of the school year? The notion that children with special needs crave the consistency of the school year routine may also support other productive outcomes of adhering to a schedule, such as reducing incidence of off-task and non-functional behavior in…Read More

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Epic Patient Superstar – Isaac Finch

August 3, 2017

Isaac Finch is this week’s Epic Patient Superstar, and boy is he something special! Born as a 24-week premature baby, Isaac was not expected to survive. This sweet boy is now eight years old and he and his family have worked very hard to overcome his developmental challenges with the help of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. Isaac joined the Epic Pediatric Therapy family when he was just three years old and he has amazed his Epic care team ever since. Over the last five years, Isaac has made significant strides of personal progress. He has greatly improved…Read More

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Sensory-Friendly Fall Activities

November 2, 2016

Fall Activities Sensory Sensitivity

The leaves are changing color, there’s a slight chill in the air, and everything is pumpkin spiced. It must be fall! It’s a special time of year that sparks the senses. With all the exciting sights and smells, fall can be either beautiful or terrifying for a child who is sensitive to sensory stimulation, such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, with the right activities and games, children with sensory sensitivity can have a magical fall season. Are you looking for ways to get your child in the autumnal spirit? Look no further! Here is our list of sensory-friendly…Read More

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Yoga vs. ADHD

October 18, 2016

Yoga vs ADHD

Using Yoga to Benefit Individuals with ADHD With their backs on the floor and legs propped up against a wall, a bunch of highly energized students slowly begin to calm down in their classroom. One student says, “I can hear the air conditioner.”  Her classmate echoes, “I hear kids playing on the playground.” A third chimes in, “I can hear the birds chirping outside the window.” Sometimes a quick 5-minute break to reconnect with your mind, your body, and your environment can be incredibly effective for reestablishing focus and regulating activity levels, especially for those with ADHD.  Yoga can help…Read More

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Fact vs. Fiction: Down syndrome

October 17, 2016

down syndrome awareness

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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How Routines Lead to Success

October 14, 2016

Routines

How Routines Lead to Success As a parent of a child with special needs, your life may sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming. Although your children light up your world, simple things like getting the children ready for bed can feel impossible some days. What would you do to get a little order in your home? Setting up some family routines may be the game changer you need! Creating routines can be a foundation of security for children and a much-needed source of peace for parents. It may seem counterintuitive, but a predictable schedule and routine gives children the structure they…Read More

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3 Steps of Motor Planning

October 2, 2016

Motor Planning

Have you ever noticed or wondered why some children are able to ‘pick up’ skills and do things after trying them only a few times so easily, while other children practice these skills over and over and never seem to get it? While there can be multiple reasons for why some children have more difficulty with these tasks, motor planning is a skill that has a great effect on a child’s ability to do everyday activities. In fact, every activity we do that uses muscles requires some level of motor planning. 3 Steps of Motor Planning It may seem as…Read More

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The 8 Senses of the Body

September 27, 2016

all 8 senses

Using All of Our Senses We use our senses to tell us what is going on in our environment and the world every day. For most of us, being in busy, stimulating environments, like carnivals, malls, or schools, isn’t a challenge. However, many children are not able to process sensory information easily, especially if more than one of our senses is stimulated at the same time. Our sensory systems do many things for our brain and body, and when there is a miscommunication between the two, it can greatly affect a child’s ability to engage and interact with others. What…Read More

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Newborn Screenings 101

September 12, 2016

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening 101: History and Key Facts In the hours immediately following birth, new parents face what may seem like an endless stream of doctors, nurses, consultants, and other medical professionals who are there to ensure the child’s health and well-being. Amidst the chaos, wonder, and magic of the post-delivery days, new parents will meet a few medical professionals who will perform life-saving newborn screenings. To understand why these simple screenings matter so much, it’s important to look at the history of newborn screenings, what babies are being tested for, and what the procedures are. With a fuller understanding, it’s…Read More

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Keeping Kids with Special Needs Active and Moving

July 26, 2016

active

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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