Your Difficulty Swallowing Might be a Sign of Dysphagia

March 31, 2016

dysphagia

The difficulty some may experience when swallowing is called dysphagia. Dysphagia is caused by a compression commonly associated with obstructive disorders or a motor disorder of the esophagus. Difficulty swallowing is most common in older adults, babies, and people who have problems of the brain. There are a variety of problems that may cause the throat and the esophagus from functioning properly; some of these are minor, and others are more serious. If you or someone you know is having trouble swallowing on a regular basis, it might be a more serious problem that might require treatment. Dysphagia symptoms can…Read More

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An Epic Gift of Literacy

January 29, 2016

child literacy

Going above and beyond to help patients and their families is the Epic way; Lacey Grant and her North Texas clinics and branches are no exception to this standard. As a children’s author, Lacey is passionate about child literacy and understands the role it plays in mental development and its potential therapeutic benefits for children with reading or conversational delays. As an effort to support her patients, Lacey decided to create a program to collect a brand new book for each of the 700+ children in the local branches. Enlisting the help of her generous coworkers, Lacey was able to…Read More

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Transition to Adulthood for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

December 28, 2015

adults with disabilities

Planning for the “Cliff” For many teens, the transition to adulthood will begin as they graduate from high school and move onto college or their first job. It’s a time of great excitement and a big milestone in a young person’s life. For those with developmental disabilities and their families, this transition is an even more immense and monumental milestone in their lives. Not only are they experiencing similar feelings of excitement and anxiousness, but they are also embarking on a change that will transform the services and support they have come to expect, as well as their relationships and…Read More

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Therapy Activities for Engagement

December 16, 2015

Motor Planning

Too often the therapist arrives at a patient’s home and the child is slow to engage in therapy activities or even separate from the parent or caregiver. NOW, the question is what to do to help the child separate more easily and prepare the child to engage in therapy activities. It is always easier to engage a child if you have a variety of tool techniques in your TOOL BOX. These are just a few tools that may be helpful to the therapist and the parent. Tool Box Infant Massage Infant massage techniques provide non-threatening touch in an easy delivery…Read More

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Holoprosencephaly Awareness & Therapy Treatments

November 28, 2015

Holoprosencephaly Awareness

A Congenital Brain Disorder Holoprosencephaly is a congenital brain disorder caused by a failure of an embryo’s forebrain to divide to form bilateral cerebral hemispheres (the left and right halves of the brain), causing defects in the development of the face and in brain structure and function. Also referred to as HPE, this brain malformation can range from mild to severe and is classified into four types: Middle Interhemispheric Variant (MIHV) is where the middle of the brain (posterior frontal and parietal lobes) are not well separated. Lobar, considered mild, is where the brain is divided and there are some…Read More

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My Child is Stuttering. What Should I Do?

October 20, 2015

If your child is having difficulty speaking, if they are repeating certain syllables, words or phrases, if they are prolonging them, or stopping and making no sounds for certain syllables, it’s possible they may have a stuttering problem. Many young kids go through a stage between the ages of 2 and 5 when they stutter. In many cases, stuttering goes away on its own by age 5 as this could mean that your child is simply going through periods of normal disfluency, which most children experience as they are learning to speak. Stuttering is a form of disfluency — an…Read More

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The Fight Continues for Pediatric Therapy in Texas

September 10, 2015

down syndrome awareness

This is a reminder that the Texas HHSC rate analysis department released a new proposed therapy rate reduction schedule this past Friday. The new rates are scheduled to be implemented on 10/1/15. The proposed rates would reduce reimbursement for Speech therapy services by 26-28% and PT & OT services by 3.5%. Just like last time, a new rate hearing has been scheduled and is quickly approaching. Hearing Details The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing on September 18, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., to receive comment on proposed Medicaid payment rates for Physical, Occupational, and…Read More

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Making the Epic Difference: A Slideshow of our Patients

August 5, 2015

Please take a moment to appreciate the amazing and resilient children that we are privileged to serve every day in this patient slideshow. These kids are fighting for their lives, dreams, and futures. We stand with them as partners, and their fight is our fight, too. We’re all in this together. Music Credit: Slideshow features Rachel Platten’s incredible “Fight Song” For more information about how Epic can help your children in their individual fights by providing pediatric skilled nursing, pediatric therapy, or pediatric behavioral and autism services, have us call you or complete our request for care form today!

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Treatment Planning for the Speech or Language Disordered Bilingual Patient

July 29, 2015

How To Plan Treatment for a Speech or Language Disordered Bilingual Patient When it comes to treatment planning for a bilingual patient, decisions are not always easy. Choosing the right therapist and best treatment are based on a variety of factors: Scores from languages tests Language history form obtained from the family Child’s preferred mode of communication Degree of severity of the language disorder Child’s age What portion of the patient’s daily life is spent using either or both languages To give you an example, if a child has equal disorders in both English and Spanish but he’s in an all English speaking academic…Read More

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Bilingual Speech Therapy and Multicultural Issues

July 28, 2015

Assessment of the Bilingual Patient Bilingual speech therapy can be very effective for patients who speak two languages. Before doing a bilingual speech language assessment, a therapist should answer the following: What languages are spoken at home and by whom? At what age did the child learn a second language? In which language does the child watch TV? What language does the child’s siblings and friends speak? What language is primarily taught at the child’s school? What are the child’s scores on school language proficiency tests? If the child shows significant and regular exposure to both languages, a bilingual test should…Read More

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