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Free Webinar hosted by Grow with Shield Healthcare

Mark your calendars - Shield HealthCare is hosting a Roundtable Discussion today July 25, 2018, titled "Parenting a Child with Special Needs" Click link for information and to sign up. 

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TOP Soccer

The McKinney Soccer Association recently announced the launch of its TOP Soccer Program for Fall 2018. TOP Soccer is for children ages 4-19 with special needs. Registration is open now and children do not need to be a resident of McKinney to join. 

For more information click https://www.mckinneysoccer.org/topsoccer-faq/

To register click https://www.mckinneysoccer.org/topsoccer-registration/

What is TOPSoccer …

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Spotlight on Therapy - OT, PT, and ST For Your Child, In Your Home

From birth and through the years, parents strive to provide support and opportunities for their children to grow physically, emotionally, socially and academically.  Parents focus on their child’s first words, first steps, counting, ABCs, writing their name and later progress to making friends, academic achievements, sports accolades and the list goes on.  Often, these “milestones” can occur so quickly that life seems to fly by.  There can be times when concerns linger about development, and parents search for guidance.  For children that need a boost, pediatric therapy can play a vital rol

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AUSTIN NURSE OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Kaitlyn, our VIVA Pediatrics Home Health Austin Nurse of the Year. Kaitlyn has so many excellent qualities which earned her this title. She is reliable, skillful, knowledgable and always willing to go the extra mile. VIVA Pediatrics is so blessed to have Kaitlyn as one of our nurses. Many thanks for all that you have done. We appreciate you! 

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June is National Safety Month

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of emergency department visits in the United States. Over 9 million children are seen each year in the ED for unintentional injuries. Many of these injuries could be prevented if proper safety rules were known and followed. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website is a great resource for information on child injury prevention topics. Their safe child index can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/index.html.

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Spotlight on Therapists Continues

In continuing our celebration of Better Speech and Hearing Month, Viva Pediatrics wishes to celebrate our Speech Therapists. This blog highlights Ciera Gianni, MS, CCC-SLP. Read below to learn more about why Ciera loves being a SLP. 

Why did you become a SLP? 

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Speech Therapist Spotlight

Viva Pediatrics is honored to have some of the best therapists in the business.  In celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month we asked a few of our Speech Language Pathologists to share more about their role as an SLP. This blog features our very own Dr. Paula Kay Van Houten Ed.D, CCC-SLP. We wanted to learn more about the lady with the amazing letters behind her name. Here is what she so graciously shared with us, so we can share with you. Thank you Paula for being an allstar! 

Why do you decide to persue a career as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

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NICU NOW podcast

NICU. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Too often, parents are introduced to this word on the day their precious baby is born.  The NICU can be a place of healing and progress, and a place where many hours are spent waiting and praying. The NICU is often a place where parents experience a mryaid of emotions, and where some parents will experience loss. Learning what a new baby needs can seem overwhelming, learning what a medically fragile child needs can seem impossible.

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VIVA goes Red for February

Love IS in the air in the month of February. Everywhere we turn we see symbols of love. Hearts, flowers, candies, cupid, and adorable stuffed animals fill the shelves of stores nationwide. Giggles wants all of those hearts that we see to be a BIG REMINDER that we all need to take very good care of our own hearts. After all, February is American Heart Month. Sadly, heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in America. How can we take better care of our hearts?

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Propel Dominican Republic - Joan's Journey to the Dominican

One of VIVA's physical therapists, Joan Parker, PT, DPT, recently visited Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic for a week of volunteering with Propel Dominican Republic. Joan was gracious enough to share some of her experiences in the Dominican. Please read below for Joan's story. 

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