Summer Activities for Special Needs Families

June 27, 2018

Its summer, it’s hot, and school is out. What are you doing with your family to make the most of these sunny months together? A few moms of kids with special needs graciously divulged their favorite summertime activities that their whole family enjoys. Take their suggestions and join up with other local families for countless good times ahead. Adaptive sports Thankfully our world is adapting and there is a growing number of options available for sports and other fun, coordinated, and coached activities for kids with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. A quick search on the internet for “adaptive sports” will…Read More

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The Art of Hosting a Special Needs Playdate

May 30, 2018

Social skills and relationships are essential to raising healthy and well-rounded kiddos. This is a challenge for all parents, but it can be exponentially harder for parents of children with special needs. We’ve heard from a few of our special mamas and they’ve all recommended the same thing – take the lead! If your child isn’t having the social opportunities you all desire, then create them. Let us help you master the art of hosting a special needs play date. Who should you invite to the playdate? If your child doesn’t have a natural group of friends, start your invitation…Read More

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To the Mama of a Special Needs Family

April 25, 2018

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To the mama of a special needs family, we’d like to celebrate you today. Your children adore you and we’d like to join them communicating their love and appreciation this Mother’s Day. Your relationship with your child is a true treasure, and they know this. No matter what special needs your child may face, you are the light of your child’s life. Motherhood is call like none other and each journey looks so different. It probably looks much different than you envisioned – I think it does for us all. A popular mommy blogger, Amy Weatherly, once wrote a post…Read More

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Mom-to-mom: Fun Ways to Communicate Love this Valentine’s Day

January 26, 2018

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Welcome back to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to let mothers share their favorite tips and tricks to help our families thrive. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help your family by sharing fun ways we can communicate love this Valentine’s Day and beyond. Your first reaction may be that it’s obvious to our children know how much we love them, right? Hopefully that’s true in your home, but it’s…Read More

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Productive Ways to Address Non-preferred Behavior

November 3, 2017

The school year is in full swing and fall weather is in the air. This can be a wonderful time for families who enjoy the consistency the school year promises. This may be particularly true for families with children with special needs. Have you noticed that our children with special needs often appear to thrive when involved in the routine of the school year? The notion that children with special needs crave the consistency of the school year routine may also support other productive outcomes of adhering to a schedule, such as reducing incidence of off-task and non-functional behavior in…Read More

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Mom-to-Mom: Maintaining Privacy with In-home Healthcare

October 26, 2017

Welcome back to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We’re going to use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to help mothers across the board share applicable tips and tricks to help each of us best serve our families. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help you help yours by discussing ways to maintain family privacy when you have frequent in-home nursing care for one of your children. Set Space Boundaries While it is important to make your medical…Read More

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New Babysitter Screening

September 27, 2017

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It’s time for a ‘parent time-out!’ That’s right, you’ve got a kid-free occasion on your calendar and it’s time to find help to cover your responsibilities. Finding a babysitter is often the greatest hurdle we parents face when committing to adult-only events. Don’t let that stop you from attending – we all need a break sometimes. Here are a few pointers to help you screen your next potential babysitter. By finding the right person to watch your precious children, not only will your kids have a great time in your absence, but you will also enjoy your event with peace…Read More

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Mom-to-Mom: Managing the Home When One Child is Hospitalized

September 18, 2017

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Welcome to our Mom-to-Mom blog series. We’d like to use our blog, and particularly this series, as a platform to help mothers across the board share applicable tips and tricks to help each of us best serve our families. We know the journey isn’t easy, but together we can champion this calling of motherhood no matter what circumstances our children face. Today, we want to help you help yours while one of your children has to be hospitalized. As much as we’d like, we know the world doesn’t stop when one of our kiddos faces a medical emergency. While the…Read More

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Caregiver Burnout: How to Prevent It

August 24, 2017

Can we caregivers take a minute and be completely vulnerable and transparent? Caring for children with special needs is tough work. The days can be long and the challenges tall, but please know that Epic Health Services is here to support you and your family every step of the way. Today we’d like to discuss a real issue facing countless families worldwide – caregiver burnout. According to Web MD, “Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur…Read More

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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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