Back to School Tips for Special Education Students – Part 1

August 10, 2017

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It’s almost time to head back to the classroom! Our students, and their parents, are very excited for the new school year and probably a little anxious, too. A group of Special Education teachers recently told Epic about the most common issues and questions they face each school year. Take it from the teachers – here’s part 1 of what you should know before you send your child back to school. Backpacks Backpacks are essential for helping your student throughout their day and size does matter. Please make sure your student’s backpack is large enough to comfortably hold multiple standard…Read More

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Family Fun Night!

August 7, 2017

Has it been a while since you got your crew all together for intentional laughter, fun, and bonding moments? We all get swept up in the busyness of life, so today we’d like to help you find ideas to slow down and have a blast with your family. No matter what special needs your loved ones may face, you can tailor all of the following suggestions to make it a great time for all. Game Night Friendly competition is excellent for character building and teaching life lessons. Hop to it by selecting a family favorite board game you can play…Read More

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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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Father’s Day Bonding Activities

June 16, 2017

Happy Father’s Day! For some reason, finding the perfect gift for Dad always seems a bit more difficult than a month ago when we were purchasing flowers or chocolates, creating homemade art projects, and more to celebrate Mother’s Day. Can you relate? Dads add so much to their children’s lives and today we’d like to help you celebrate him by giving the invaluable gift of quality time. Here are some fun ideas your kids can do to bond with their father. Partner in his pastimes What does your children’s dad do, or wish to do, in his free time? Golf,…Read More

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Summer Travel Ideas for Families with Special Needs

May 22, 2017

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School is out, summer is here, and you’re interested in ideas to entertain your children. Special needs or not, your family can build lasting memories by taking a trip this summer. Trips and adventures will not only provide a great experience in the moment, but they’ll also expand your family’s education of the world around them. Let us help you come up with some fun travel ideas for your family! Local A stay-cation can be quite the adventure with just a little planning to help make your experience unique. Attraction availability will vary by city, but you can check with…Read More

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Epic Mom Superstar – Kimberly Robinson

May 13, 2017

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Kimberly is the proud mother of twin boys, Noah and Christopher Robinson. Both diagnosed with autism, Noah and Christopher joined the Epic family in 2016 for behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Kimberly has raised such friendly, fun, and engaging young men. They love playing with each other and the Epic staff. Since starting services with Epic, both boys have made a lot of progress with their social and language skills. They are also improving with following schedules and successfully completing new tasks. Kimberly was nominated as a Mom Superstar by Jilian Planer of our Epic Developmental Services division….Read More

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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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