Archive for 2018

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 (patient) and Coral (caregiver)

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 […]

Smiling little boy, kid with disabilities and his mother. Child has cerebral palsy

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 […]

Isabella & Hays

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 […]

A Nurse’s Calling: Joseph Lizon

When he finished nursing school, Joseph Lizon knew he wanted to work with pediatric patients. “When I was a kid, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,” Joseph explains. “I decided then that I wanted to help other kids in […]

Nick’s First Day of School

The first day of school is an exciting time for any student. But for our patient Nicholas, it was a particularly special milestone this August. Nicholas started coming to the Aveanna therapy clinic in Houston, Texas three years ago. At […]