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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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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Vacation Tips for Kids with Special Needs

April 11, 2017

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Summer is around the corner and many families are planning family vacations. For families with children with special needs, this can be a daunting task. Depending on your child’s needs, you may have extra equipment, medical precautions, and other limitations to consider. Epic is here to tell you that there’s no reason to let these obstacles to get in your way. With a little extra preparation and planning, your family can have a memorable vacation too. Here are a few of our top tips for vacationing with special needs: 1) Pick an Accommodating Destination Unfortunately, not all vacation spots are…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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Brain Injury: What You Should Know

March 17, 2017

Brain Injury

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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Taking the Confusion out of Serving Sizes

March 7, 2017

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Taking the Confusion out of Serving Sizes In honor of National Nutrition Month®, Epic would like to help you take the “guess” out of recommended servings. When you read the nutrition labels, how closely do you pay attention to the serving sizes? Are you only looking at the label to find out the grams of fat or number of calories? Are you focusing only on the carbs or grams of sugar? While looking at these figures are helpful, keep in mind, those numbers you are seeing are the amounts per serving. Many products now advertise “100 calories/serving.”  On closer look…Read More

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5 Community Service Projects Your Family Can Do

February 28, 2017

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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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