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Archive for 2018

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 […]

Understanding Equine-Facilitated Learning

By Beth Rubio, Chief Clinical Officer What is EFL Therapy? Equine-Facilitated Learning EFL stands for Equine-Facilitated Learning.  It is a form of therapy that is used most typically for children who have mental or emotional disorders especially like ADD and […]

Kyndell’s Goals

A sheet of yellow notebook paper hangs on the wall at the end of Kyndell’s crib, where she can see it every day. It reads, “Kyndell’s Goals.” Aveanna Nurse Brittany wrote the list. She included objectives like “healthy weight,” “head […]

Raising an Orchid

Ten years ago, Oscar sat with his wife in a hospital room, his six-month-old son in his arms, and learned about the disease that had changed their lives forever. Spinal muscular atrophy. As Oscar listened to the doctor describe the […]

Asher’s Badges of Strength

Asher is our latest patient superstar and boy, has he accomplished some amazing health milestones! Born on August 10, 2016, Asher had some complex medical challenges that left him needing repair to his intestinal perforation and a colostomy procedure at […]

Developing Your Child’s Skills

By Beth Rubio, Chief Clinical Officer My child with special needs is not interactive with other children. What can I do? A child with special needs requires additional skill development in multiple areas. Children with special needs often do not […]

Beth’s Five Tips for Staying Healthy in School

By Beth Rubio, Chief Clinical Officer How can I keep my child healthy in the school environment? The start of a new school year exposes children to many things: new friends, new teachers, and lots of germs. According to the […]

Beth’s Back-to-School Tips

By Beth Rubio, Chief Clinical Officer How can I help my special needs child adjust to school? The change from a relaxed summer schedule to a more rigid school schedule can be a difficult and trying process and may cause […]

Making Mealtime a Positive Experience

By Abby Dalton Lee Lum, M.A., BCBA, LBS Let’s face it, mealtime with children can be a challenging time for all parents. Gone are the days when moms and dads could spend hours preparing a delicious and healthy meal attractive […]