Vacation Tips for Kids with Special Needs

April 11, 2017

Family vacation special needs

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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Gillian Deans – Epic Superstar

April 10, 2017

Gillian Deans

Gillian Deans is an extraordinary young lady with a beautiful story to tell. Born 7 weeks premature, Gillian met the world with many health obstacles including only half of a brain and the diagnoses of Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, and chronic respiratory failure. Doctors informed Gillian’s family that the likelihood of her surviving past her first birthday was very slim due to her health concerns. Gillian started receiving care from Epic Health Services in 2008. Today Gillian is able to be home, instead of extended stays in the hospital, while still receiving excellent care from her Epic clinical team. Shola and…Read More

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5 Fun Exercises for Kids

April 7, 2017

fun exercises for kids

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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5 Reasons Why Child Life Specialists Rock

April 7, 2017

child life specialist

If your child is diagnosed with special needs of any kind, it can be a life-altering moment. Many parents may feel overwhelmed by the challenges that lie ahead. It can be a daunting time for even the toughest parent. However, there is help and there is hope. Child Life Specialists dedicate their lives to helping children with special needs and their families thrive. We are proud of the Epic child life specialists and the work they do. Here are just five of the reasons that these specialists rock. 1) They Make Things Less Stressful The main goal of a Child…Read More

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Jackalyn “Jazzy” Whitney – Epic Patient Superstar

April 7, 2017

Jackalyn superstar

Happy, sweet, and determined paint a picture our latest Epic Patient Superstar. Jackalyn “Jazzy Lulu” Whitney is a precious two year old “who was born knocking on Heaven’s door,” says Jazzy’s mother Mitzi Whitney. Jazzy arrived 6 weeks premature, weighing in at just 3 pounds, 7 ounces, with a very tiny left lung and an almost non-existent right lung due to a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. At just 2 days old, Jazzy underwent surgery on this hernia to help with several life-threatening medical conditions including pulmonary hypertension and having only 60 percent of her diaphragm intact! Jazzy came home from the…Read More

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Trisomy FAQ: The Four Types of Trisomy

March 30, 2017

However, some people are born with 47 chromosomes. This causes a Trisomy condition. Which Trisomy condition depends on which pair of chromosomes the extra one attaches itself to. 1. Down Syndrome Trisomy can occur on any set of chromosomes. However, there are three chromosome pairs that are most commonly affected by Trisomy. Most common is Trisomy 21, more commonly called Down Syndrome. This particular trisomy disorder occurs in 1 in every 300 pregnancies, or 1 in 691 births in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms include: Distinctively shaped eyes Other physical markers,…Read More

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Aidan Klinkenberg – Epic Superstar

March 29, 2017

Aiden

Aidan is a sweet young boy who Epic is proud to name as our next Epic Superstar! Born as a micro-preemie (an extremely premature baby) with a low life expectancy, Aidan has defied the odds since birth. Among other diagnoses, Aidan has been diagnosed with mild CP, low muscle tone, Benign epilepsy, sleep apnea, and is also G-Tube dependent. Aidan came on service with Epic Medical Solutions in May of 2016 and has thrived ever since! When he first started with Epic, Aidan was completely dependent on Miralax, in combination with a variety of other formulas. Unfortunately Aidan’s body did…Read More

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Joaquin Camacho – Epic Superstar

March 22, 2017

Meet Joaquin! A member of the Epic Health Services family since 2014, Joaquin Camacho receives physical, occupational, and speech therapy from our Epic Pediatric Therapy team in Dallas. Diagnosed with a psychological development disorder, a conduct disorder and mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Joaquin has spent many hours with our therapists to work through some of the diagnosis related challenges. According to Joaquin’s mother, Reyna Mendoza, Joaquin could not speak before coming to Epic. This was a huge obstacle for them – successfully communicating impacts every detail of their lives. She is so proud of him for learning his numbers, colors,…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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5 Myths and Facts: Cerebral Palsy

March 17, 2017

cerebral palsy

Misinformation about and misunderstanding of Cerebral Palsy (CP) is common. Because CP has a wide range of symptoms and severity, it can be difficult to understand the wants and needs of patients. That’s where Epic comes in! At Epic Health Services, we are dedicated to making a better world for all people with disabilities. As one way to fulfill this mission, we strive to educate the general public about what it’s really like to live with a disability. One of the first steps of this education is busting myths that people have come to believe. Here are five myths about…Read More

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