Adaptive Summertime Fun

July 25, 2017

summertime fun

It’s July, it’s hot, and it’s likely that you’re trying to find fun ways to spend your summertime days with your children. Don’t let their special needs hold you back from sharing your favorite summer activities. We’ve compiled summertime bucket list to help you keep the good times rolling this season. Summertime eats and treats are a delicious way to bond with your child. Watermelon, popsicles, slushies, and more – now is a great time to introduce your kids to your favorite hot weather food and beverages. If your kids have dietary restrictions, there are countless online resources like the…Read More

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The Gift of Gratitude for Nurses

May 13, 2017

Thank a Nurse

It’s Nurses Week – have you thanked yours lately? Nurses carry life-dependent responsibilities on their shoulders and all too often their efforts go unrecognized. We’d like to use today’s blog to help you show appreciation to the well-deserving care provider in your or your child’s life. Tell them Appreciation is good for the soul and a sincere verbal “thank you” can make anyone’s day. To show your gratitude, you could tell your nurse how much you value their work, recognize the care they provide, and/or remind them of the progress you guys have made together. What a kind and meaningful…Read More

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5 Community Service Projects Your Family Can Do

February 28, 2017

community service

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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Raising awareness for tubies everywhere!

February 13, 2017

Tube Feeding

Raising awareness for tubies everywhere! Epic Health Services is proud to be a supporter Feeding Tube Awareness Week. This is a week geared towards supporting the Tubie community by raising awareness and educating as many people as possible via social media. If you have a child or know a loved one with a feeding tube, you are probably aware that many people outside of the medical field or “Tubie family” may not understand why someone may have a “tube in their stomach.” The importance of spreading awareness Your child or loved one may have been at the receiving end of…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 2: Treats for Kids with Feeding Tubes

October 24, 2016

Halloween Feeding Tube Treats

Halloween is a dream holiday for many kids. All the candy you can eat? What’s not to love?! However, if your child is on a feeding tube or has specific food allergies, Halloween is a very different scenario. This may complicate things, but there is hope! Organizations like Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have created the Teal Pumpkin Project® to help find non-food treats to make Halloween fun for everyone. Teal Pumpkin Project® The orange pumpkin is the signature icon of Halloween. It’s seen outside of almost every house. But have you ever seen a teal pumpkin and thought,…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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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 16, 2016

Physical

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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Preparing for School

August 22, 2016

Preparing for School

Preparing for School: Getting Back on a Schedule It’s hard to believe summer’s almost over and students will be heading back to school.  Many parents have already started shopping for back to school supplies and clothes.  Children are eagerly checking their mailboxes to find out who their teachers will be and who is in their classes.  It’s an exciting time of year, but getting back into a schedule and routine can be challenging.  During the summer, most children have less structure, go to bed later, and sleep in later.  Now is the time to start preparing them to get back into the…Read More

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Off to Camp We Go!

July 14, 2016

camp

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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