VIVA Pediatrics | Home Health Services | Nursing & Therapy


Charlotte's Day

Feeding therapy is such a paramount part of many of our patients' journeys. There are many tools and tips that our speech therapists provide families to aid with feeding. Today we want to introduce Charlotte's Day, an organization that provides specialized high chairs to assist with feeding time and therapy. If you think your child might benefit from a Stokke Tripp Trapp or a Keekaroo Height Right high chair visit their website for more information and talk to your speech therapists about it.

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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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So very Thankful

This Thanksgiving our VIVA Pediatrics family has so much to be thankful for. We are thankful for our work family, our nurses and patients, our patient's families, and all of our friends, doctors and staff at the local hospitals, clinics and doctor offices. We wanted to share with each of you, some of what our VIVA staff is thankful for as well. Click the link below to preview.

From our family to yours, we wish you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. 

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Welcome our new Austin VIVA team members

We would like to welcome the new members of our Austin Team!!! We are glad to have each of you and are excited to see the impact on home health and therapy you will have. 

Melanie Hersom, RN – Clinical Supervisor: 

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IEP Workshop

Families, we want to share this event with you. Anyone who will be participating in an ARD or IEP meeting or has questions about theirs, this workshop might be for you. Click on the picture above for more information. 

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Indoor Smores

Happy National Graham Cracker day! Today we scoured the internet for the best recipe that includes our beloved graham cracker, and we think we found it. With summer in full swing, who doesn't love a good smore made over the camp fire? But with Texas heat, who really wants to make a camp fire? So----we've found the original Indoor Smores recipe thanks to the Dessert for Two blog site.

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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

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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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So You Don’t Have to Journey Alone

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