5 Tips to Help Your Child with Special Needs Make Friends

July 30, 2017

Friendship is a beautiful gift that makes life feel richer, sweeter, and celebratory. People of all ages benefit from having amicable relationships with others and children, especially those with special needs, may need some extra help in developing such meaningful friendships with their peers. Let these five tips help you help your kiddo increase their circle of friends. 1. Ask the right questions Asking questions like “why?” and “are we there yet?” tends to come natural to children. Actively work with your kid to improve upon this instinctive skill and help them learn to ask the right kinds of questions…Read More

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Stuttering: What is it? What can we do about it?

October 24, 2016


What is Stuttering? Stuttering is a communication disorder that is characterized by disruptions in the flow of one’s speech. These disruptions or disfluencies can be displayed as blocks (of air flow), prolongations of sounds in words, part or whole word repetitions, sound or word reversals and interjections such as “um” and “uh”. In addition to the production of disfluencies, individuals who stutter can also display physical concomitants such as jaw, neck and facial tension, avoiding eye contact, facial grimacing, and irregular hand or body movements. There are two terms that are used to describe the types of stuttering that individuals…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 1: Trick or Treating with Special Needs

October 20, 2016

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Halloween!  What an amazing time of the year!  Halloween is a time when kids all over the country get dressed up, knock on neighbor’s doors, and say “trick or treat!”  People decorate their homes, visit haunted houses, and attend costume parties.  This is a time that everybody loves, right?  However, imagine this Halloween scenario instead.  Everyone is getting ready to go outside to begin trick or treating.  Everyone has their costumes on except for Billy.  Billy is refusing to put his costume on because the tag is itchy and he doesn’t like to wear a mask.  Or maybe he is confused…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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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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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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Building Language Skills through Summer Fun!

June 17, 2016

Summer is a time to let loose and have fun! I’m sure backyard barbecues, pool parties, and fun in the sun are on the agenda for most families this summer. But don’t forget to throw a little learning into the mix! Summer is an ideal time to teach your little one something new. Children learn best through hands-on play, so here are a few ways to incorporate language into favorite summer activities. Pool Time Whether in your backyard or at your local community pool, water play is a great time to teach some awesome language concepts. Location words: target words…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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Building Language with Books

May 4, 2016

Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

There is no better feeling in the world than seeing a child who was previously unable to effectively communicate finally be able to talk to his family. As a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, I get to go into homes and help little ones communicate. My patients are always excited to see what I brought in my big bags for them to play with each session. I will share with you my favorite item that I always have in my bag and how to use it to build your child’s language. Books are one of the most important items that children should…Read More

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Understanding Phonological Disorders

May 3, 2016

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Some children seem to acquire phonological skills naturally; however, some children do not. When a child has difficulty understanding the sound system and speech rules of our language, the child is said to have a phonological disorder. These disorders are broader in scope and more complex than simple articulation deficits. In other words, a child with a phonological disorder may mispronounce a sound in certain words, yet pronounce it clearly in others. There can be an inconsistency in his/her sound errors. Sometimes a child with a phonological disorder completely drops sounds at the end of a word: book/booh, boat/bow, and…Read More

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