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Archive for 2018

Celebrating Nathaniel’s “Inchstones”

By Nathaniel’s mom, Alysha “To have joy in your heart, one must know how to appreciate the small things in life.”  – Unknown Our son Nathaniel was born with a rare SCN2a genetic mutation. Because of this mutation, he is […]

Facing Challenges Together

“We all know that there are no days off when you’re a parent,” Jeffrey says. “However, many people don’t understand that when you’re a parent of a special needs child, there aren’t even any moments off. When Gabriel goes to […]

Keeping Holiday Gifts Safe for Your Child with Special Needs

What should I be concerned about in relation to holiday gifts and toys for my special needs child? All children, including those with special needs and disabilities, love new, cool, fun things – especially when those things are toys! As […]

Halle’s Physical Therapy Journey

By Clay Reedy PT, DPT Halle began her Aveanna physical therapy journey by screaming at the sight of me. But the more often I came to see her, the more acclimated to my presence she became. After my first few visits, […]

Aurora and Coral

November is National Home Care Month. This month reminds us of all the great work our caregivers do for our patients. And it is a great time to give thanks for our home health aides! Working as a home health […]

Making the Holidays Fun for Everyone

I hate to leave my child with special needs out of all the holiday festivities. What can I do to make the holidays enjoyable for everyone? Crowds, lights, noise, strangers, hugging, and a change in routine can be a recipe […]

A Heart for Service

In 1998, Elaine Willbanks, RN, joined the United States Navy Reserve. As a pediatric home care nurse and Navy reservist, Elaine was no stranger to sacrificing herself to help others. “To be honest,” Elaine shares, “being deployed after 9/11 was […]

Increasing Isabella’s Independence

By Hays Nichols, PTA I started working with Isabella, one of my younger clients, in January. She was close to turning two, and her mother was getting worried – her baby girl wasn’t walking yet. But we knew that, with […]

A Nurse’s Calling: Patricia Vejar

After years of working at a local family clinic, registered nurse Patricia Vejar’s rigid work schedule eventually began to wear on her. When Patricia heard about private duty nursing, she jumped at the chance for a more flexible schedule. “With […]

I Can and I Will

“I can and I will.” That’s eleven-year-old Kennedy’s motto. She repeats it to her grandmother and mother, Tashia, every morning. “Kennedy puts her leg braces on and is ready to face the world,” Tashia beams. When other kids ask Kennedy […]