Epic Patient Superstar – Isaac Finch

August 3, 2017

Isaac Finch is this week’s Epic Patient Superstar, and boy is he something special! Born as a 24-week premature baby, Isaac was not expected to survive. This sweet boy is now eight years old and he and his family have worked very hard to overcome his developmental challenges with the help of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. Isaac joined the Epic Pediatric Therapy family when he was just three years old and he has amazed his Epic care team ever since. Over the last five years, Isaac has made significant strides of personal progress. He has greatly improved…Read More

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Sensory-Friendly Fall Activities

November 2, 2016

Fall Activities Sensory Sensitivity

The leaves are changing color, there’s a slight chill in the air, and everything is pumpkin spiced. It must be fall! It’s a special time of year that sparks the senses. With all the exciting sights and smells, fall can be either beautiful or terrifying for a child who is sensitive to sensory stimulation, such as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, with the right activities and games, children with sensory sensitivity can have a magical fall season. Are you looking for ways to get your child in the autumnal spirit? Look no further! Here is our list of sensory-friendly…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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How Routines Lead to Success

October 14, 2016

Routines

How Routines Lead to Success As a parent of a child with special needs, your life may sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming. Although your children light up your world, simple things like getting the children ready for bed can feel impossible some days. What would you do to get a little order in your home? Setting up some family routines may be the game changer you need! Creating routines can be a foundation of security for children and a much-needed source of peace for parents. It may seem counterintuitive, but a predictable schedule and routine gives children the structure they…Read More

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3 Steps of Motor Planning

October 2, 2016

Motor Planning

Have you ever noticed or wondered why some children are able to ‘pick up’ skills and do things after trying them only a few times so easily, while other children practice these skills over and over and never seem to get it? While there can be multiple reasons for why some children have more difficulty with these tasks, motor planning is a skill that has a great effect on a child’s ability to do everyday activities. In fact, every activity we do that uses muscles requires some level of motor planning. 3 Steps of Motor Planning It may seem as…Read More

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What It’s Like to be a Child with Spina Bifida

September 26, 2016

As a society, and in our community, we often use the term “special needs” to describe people who are differently abled. The term encompasses people with a whole host of different disabilities and syndromes. It’s become an easily recognizable way to identify a certain group of people. But have you ever stopped to think of what the term really means? To have special needs is to have an extra set of requirements that, if met, will allow you to lead a relatively healthy, safe, and fulfilling life. What unique needs does a child with spina bifida have? To fully answer…Read More

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Newborn Screenings 101

September 12, 2016

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening 101: History and Key Facts In the hours immediately following birth, new parents face what may seem like an endless stream of doctors, nurses, consultants, and other medical professionals who are there to ensure the child’s health and well-being. Amidst the chaos, wonder, and magic of the post-delivery days, new parents will meet a few medical professionals who will perform life-saving newborn screenings. To understand why these simple screenings matter so much, it’s important to look at the history of newborn screenings, what babies are being tested for, and what the procedures are. With a fuller understanding, it’s…Read More

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Indoor Summer Fun for Kids with Special Needs

August 10, 2016

Indoor Summer Fun for Kids with Special Needs Let’s say that you and your child’s physician have completed the summer medical questionnaire (see blog entitled “Preparing Your Child with Special Needs or Disabilities for the Summer”) and you have checked the weather forecasts (see three-part blog series entitled “Summer Weather and Your Child’s Health” or “Summer Series: Weather and Your Child’s Health”) and you suddenly realize that for the next 10 days it may not be best for your child to spend a lot of time outdoors due to the extreme heat. You then ask yourself what can we plan…Read More

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Epic Health Services Expands Footprint in Virginia with Acquisition of Rehabilitation Associates

May 12, 2016

acquisition

DALLAS (May 10) — Epic Health Services Inc., a portfolio company of Webster Capital and Dallas-based provider of pediatric skilled nursing, therapy, developmental, enteral and respiratory services, announced today that it has acquired Rehabilitation Associates. Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Rehabilitation Associates is the state’s largest private pediatric therapy provider, serving over 3,000 children and employing approximately 150 professionals. “The professionals and therapists at Rehabilitation Associates have a reputation of delivering exceptional patient care, and that drew us to this opportunity,” said Chris Roussos, Epic president and CEO. Rehabilitation Associates provides occupational, physical and speech therapy, special instruction, and service…Read More

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