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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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SLP's You are Appreciated

Viva Pediatrics would like to celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month by applauding our wonderfully skilled Speech Language Pathologists. We are fortunate to have some fabulous SLP's working at VIVA Pediatrics. This month we celebrate you and all that you do to help your patients accomplish their goals. #VIVAPEDS

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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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RSV - how to protect your family

Tis this season for colds and respiratory illnesses. Click on the link below from our friends at Life Signs to learn more about how to protect your family from RSV, the common cold and other respiratory illnesses. As always, the first step in prevention is good hand hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, after your cough or sneeze or blow your nose, and always before handling infants. 

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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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Our Friends at JourneyFEST

Recently, a group of us in the Pediatric Special Needs community had a chance to visit with a great organization named JourneyFEST ( . They are a community for Special Needs Families that exisits to love and encourage one another as they journey through life with special needs.

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We know a lot of Tubies will be excited to hear that the new ENFit connector is rolling off of the production lines! After a couple years of waiting, ENFit is officially on the market and should be making its way into homes and hospitals. The purpose of ENFit is to create an enteral feeding connector that is unlike any other medical device connector, thus reducing the risk of misconnection. The ENFit should also reduce the amount of times the feeding bag connecting tubing comes loose from the extension set, thus less mess!!!

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