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April is National Occupational Therapy (OT) Month

As April comes to a close, we wanted to once again thank our fabulous Occupational Therapists who make an impact in our patients' lives every day!

Our very own, Stephanie Hill, OTR has provided us with a very informative article to share!

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PATIENT CARE AND COVID-19

PROVIDING CARE IN A HOME WHERE SOMEONE IS HAVING SYMPTOMS

- Ensure person with symptoms is self-isolated in the home

- Self-Assess for any symptoms (Temp >99.5, shortness of breath, cough, aches/pain)

If you are having symptoms DO NOT GO TO WORK and NOTIFY VIVA IMMEDIATELY

- Assess patient for symptoms (Temp >99.5, SOB, cough, aches/pain)

If patient is having symptoms notify their physician

- Frequent Handwashing

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Coronavirus Information

As healthcare providers it is important for us to stay up to date with ongoing issues that may affect our own health and how we care for our patients. With the news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak spreading, Viva Pediatrics is committed to ensuring our staff and patients remain safe. Although the way the coronavirus is transmitted has not been confirmed, it is believed to be spread between people who had “close contact” with one another. This could loosely be described as someone being coughed or sneezed upon. Unlike the flu, the coronavirus is a pneumonia-like infection.

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The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Pediatric Physical Therapists….

Pediatric physical therapists specialize in working with children who have a variety of diagnoses including developmental delay, birth defects, congenital conditions, and injuries. Some therapists participate in advanced training offered through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to become certified while others take specialty tracks when obtaining their Doctorate Degree.

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VIVA Pediatrics made the Inc 5000 list for the third year in a row!!!

Inc. Magazine ranked VIVA Pediatrics as one of the 5000 fastest growing privately owned companies in the US for the third year in a row.  We are proud of this accomplishment, as it shows the hard work and dedication of our entire VIVA team.  Thank you to all of our VIVA team members that helped us to reach this amazing accomplishment!!    

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Special Needs Parks

The following DMN article features 12 incredible accessible parks for children with special needs.  Get out and enjoy the pretty weather at one of the local jewels. 

http://specialneedsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/10/12-of-the-best-special-ne...

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Let your voice be heard!

As part of statewide Needs Assessment, the Division for Family and Community Health at the Texas Department of State Health Services is currently conducting a survey of families that have a child with special health care needs and the health and safety of Texas communities. This assessment will help guide our priorities of how to improve the health of Texas families for the next five years.

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Summer Camp

Ah, Summer camp!  Swimming, camp fires, meeting new friends...Who wouldn't want in on that kind of fun?  Children with special needs are no exception and there are numerous camp options available for them.  If you have a child/young adult with special needs and are still looking for a summer camp, check out the following resources. 

 

http://championsspecialministries.org - July 6-12

http://www.lionscamp.com - a few camps remaining

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Medicaid Changes

Did you know there are changes coming to Texas Medicaid?   This will immediately impact those consumers who have SSI and by September 1, 2014 all SSI recipients will have to choose a Managed Care Organization (MCO) type of Medicaid instead of Traditional Medicaid.  If the consumer is not enrolled and does not choose an MCO, an insurance broker by the name of Maximus will randomly assign you to a MCO.  You as a consumer can change to another MCO if you aren’t happy with who you are assigned to but this process may take up to 45 days.   

 

What does mean for you?

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The First Five

The average child's brain develops at an accelerated rate the first years of life. 90% of brain development occurs by age 5. A child goes from being a completely dependent infant, to a completely independent little personality.  It's no wonder why some kids may need additional help staying on track developmentally.  Whether its assistance with feeding and swallowing, or language development (speech therapy), dressing, handwriting, or self-feeding (occupational therapy), or walking, balance, or strengthening (physical therapy), Viva is here to help.

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