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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Epic Patient Superstar – Jacob Alexander Tecum-Sic

July 29, 2017

Happy birthday to our latest Epic Patient Superstar, Jacob Tecum-Sic! This precious young man turns four today and we are so excited to share his story. Jacob is diagnosed with Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder and he’s been receiving speech therapy services from our team since 2016. Jacob has progressed immensely since joining the Epic Pediatric Therapy family! At three years old, Jacob was only able to babble and make gestures to communicate with others. In less than a year of focused work with his speech therapy team, Jacob can now not only articulate words, but even communicate in two word…Read More

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Adaptive Summertime Fun

July 25, 2017

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It’s July, it’s hot, and it’s likely that you’re trying to find fun ways to spend your summertime days with your children. Don’t let their special needs hold you back from sharing your favorite summer activities. We’ve compiled summertime bucket list to help you keep the good times rolling this season. Summertime eats and treats are a delicious way to bond with your child. Watermelon, popsicles, slushies, and more – now is a great time to introduce your kids to your favorite hot weather food and beverages. If your kids have dietary restrictions, there are countless online resources like the…Read More

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Fragile X Awareness

July 22, 2017

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Have you heard of Fragile X? It’s now National Fragile X Awareness Month and today, the twenty-second of July, is its official awareness day. Affecting one in every five thousand people each year, we’d like to take today to help increase awareness of this disorder in hopes of benefiting the individuals it touches. What is Fragile X? Fragile X is a group of genetic disorders caused by the mutation in a single gene (FMR1) on the X chromosome. Fragile X casts a wide net for the demographics of its patients and its diagnoses can fall into one of the following…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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The Gift of Gratitude for Nurses

May 13, 2017

Thank a Nurse

It’s Nurses Week – have you thanked yours lately? Nurses carry life-dependent responsibilities on their shoulders and all too often their efforts go unrecognized. We’d like to use today’s blog to help you show appreciation to the well-deserving care provider in your or your child’s life. Tell them Appreciation is good for the soul and a sincere verbal “thank you” can make anyone’s day. To show your gratitude, you could tell your nurse how much you value their work, recognize the care they provide, and/or remind them of the progress you guys have made together. What a kind and meaningful…Read More

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Epic Mom Superstar – Sandra Vasquez

May 13, 2017

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It’s our joy and honor to introduce you to Sandra Vasquez! Sandra is an Epic Mom Superstar – this recognition means that our Epic staff has taken notice of the wonderful mother she is and her amazing commitment to the success of her child. Sandra is the mother of Alessander Guerrero-Vasquez, a kind young man who has been diagnosed with autism. Alessander has been receiving speech, occupational, and physical therapy services from Epic Pediatric Therapy for the last 5 years. “Alessander has shown so much improvement in social skills and processing the world around him,” says one of his therapists…Read More

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Epic Mom Superstar – Olga Cisnero

May 13, 2017

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Meet Superstar Mom Olga Cisneros! In honor of Mother’s Day, join us in celebrating this amazing mother’s story of love and perseverance. The Epic team in Addison, Texas nominated Olga to be an Epic Mom Superstar for more reasons than we can count. As a single mother, Olga has faced many challenges since her son, Elias, came into this world.He was born with many health complications and doctors did not expect him to live longer than 24 hours after delivery. Elias is now seven years old and he is thriving thanks to the love and dedication of his mother and his healthcare team. Elias…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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