The Exceptional Parent

Exceptional Parent is a magazine providing practical information and guidance to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. It was founded in 1971 and is published monthly by Psy-Ed Corp.Subjects include disabilities. The editor in chief is Rick Rader.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 9, September

Against All Odds
My name is Indra Howard, and I am 16. This fall, I will be a sophomore at West Bridgewater High School, Massachusetts. In many respects, I am your typical American high school girl: I play the keyboard in the school band; I am a member of the Key Club;...
American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Children with Disabilities
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), founded in 1930, and its member pediatricians dedicate efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP has approximately 55,000 members...
An Awesome Gift of Life
Phil and I knew before Thomas was born that he had kidney disease. During the course of his first year, we learned that one kidney was completely nonfunctional and the other was working at only 20 percent--enough to sustain a small baby, but as he...
A Noble Collection
It all started with a letter to Santa. 9-year-old Andy Noble had a special request--he wanted his kidneys and legs to work, and he also wanted a real fire truck. Andy's letter to Santa was printed in the local paper in Eastpointe, Michigan. On Christmas...
Can School-Based Interventions Enhance the Self-Concept of Students with Learning Disabilities
The desire for a positive evaluation of self [the need to feel liked by others and the need to like oneself] affects a person's feelings, actions, and aspirations throughout life. In the course of childhood and adolescence, school experiences play...
Causes of Pediatric Kidney Failure and Its Treatment
With the benefit of the latest advances in medical research and technology, children with renal (kidney) disease can grow up to be healthy, productive members of society. Comprehensive care is not just a matter of providing a single procedure or a...
Comprehensive Care for Children with Renal Disease
The quality of life and the survival rate for children with kidney disease and renal failure has improved dramatically in recent years. Today's experienced pediatric nephrology team offers the most advanced knowledge, research, and technology available...
Customized Oral Health Program
Many individuals with special needs require specialized oral care. The incidence of malocclusion (the way teeth come together, or the "bite") is higher in this population due to a multitude of factors that particularly affect them. The incidence of...
Educating the Child, Family, and Community: A Never-Ending Dilemma
Children with epilepsy grow up with special concerns, both physical and social. They need to feel they are safe at home, in the larger family circle, at friends' houses, in school, and farther afield in the community. As they mature, they need to understand...
Emotional and Social Challenges Posed by Renal Disease
Helping families cope with the emotional and social issues associated with end stage renal disease is just as important as treating the child's physical health. A clinically trained, professional social worker can assist with this important support....
Epilepsy Economics
The cost of epilepsy is direct and indirect, financial and human Epilepsy poses many burdens for individuals and their families, including economic ones. While families living with epilepsy have long understood this, public policy makers are just...
Epilepsy Treatment DRUGS AND DIET
People with recurrent, unprovoked seizures have epilepsy. The goal of medical treatment for epilepsy, ideally, is complete control of the seizures with minimal side effects. With rare exceptions, medications should be initiated only after a diagnosis...
Familiar Faces
Everyone needs someone to look up to. Gabrielle (Gabi) Staltare (left), 5, and her cousin, Andrea Tocci (right), 7, are best friends, according to Gabi's mother, Barbara. The two do everything together, including going for walks and visiting the beach....
IDEA '97 Final Regulations Released
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA '97) seeks to improve the educational results for children with disabilities. It goes beyond simply assuring access--it also focuses on high expectations for children with disabilities....
Improving Your Child's Self-Esteem
September is once again upon us and it is time to make back-to-school preparations for our children. A healthy supply of self-esteem, however, is more important than pens and paper for success in school. This article contains some tips and suggestions...
Intervention Research for Students with Learning Disabilities
Background and purpose In the last 20 years, the number of children classified as having learning disabilities has increased substantially, from roughly three-quarters of a million in 1976 to more than 2.6 million in 1997. These children currently...
Managed Care and Children with Chronic Illnesses or Disabilities
Among those caring for children with chronic illnesses or disabilities, the words "never-ending battle" are a common refrain. Today, however, parents and advocates are as likely to be referring to their endless war with managed care over insurance...
Models of Excellence in Education
Enabling children and young adults to reach their maximum potential PALS Program, Binghamton, NE, BOCES Nominated by Betsy Johnson For over 25 years the Preparation For Adult Living Skills (PALS) Program has been serving students with special...
New Products
VIBRALITE 3[TM] The VibraLite 3[TM] is a sport watch which is equipped with a vibrating alarm and a countdown timer that automatically resets when it reaches the preset countdown time. The timer/alarm can be used as a reminder for medications or...
PARENT TO PARENT: The Crucial Connection
The following is the second in a series of articles on Parent to Parent programs. Parent to Parent programs connect parents of children with disabilities or special health concerns with other parents of children facing similar challenges. Parents are...
Respond
How do I tell him he is adopted? M.S., Efrat, Israel (May 1999), adopted their 3-year-old son, who has Down syndrome, at birth. His twin brother was born without any disability and was taken home by his biological parents. Yedidye's adoption is...
Safe, Accessible Bathrooms
Making necessary changes to the necessary room Throughout this series of articles, we have examined safety and accessibility from the front steps of the home, to backyard play areas, to kitchens. We have seen that with a little sweat and imagination,...
Search
Trisomy 12p Our 6-year old daughter has been diagnosed with trisomy 12p. In her case, the extra small arm of the chromosome #12 has replaced the small arm of chromosome #15. She just learned to walk, is non-verbal, and severely delayed in all areas...
Special Accommodations for College Entrance Exams: Is Your Child Eligible?
High school students who are going to college should prepare early to take the SAT (Scholastic AptitudeTest) or the ACT (American College Test). For most adolescents, this means reading constantly to increase general knowledge and taking challenging...
Striking the Match
Finding the Right College for Students with Learning Disabilities Greater choice Less than a generation ago, there were only a handful of colleges that truly understood the needs of students with learning disabilities (LD) and were genuinely...
Surgery for Epilepsy
For those children whose seizures can not be controlled with medication or diet, epilepsy surgery may be an option. As with any surgical procedures, however, the benefits must be carefully weighed against the risks. These operations generally involve...
The Boy Who Could Not Speak
My brother Alex and I used to roll around on the ground for hours while I tickled him. We had so much fun. As we got older, I realized that Alex was different from other kids. It never changed my love for him, but we could not share in things as much...
Transition Planning: Will Your Child Be Ready for Life after High School?
The new school year is always a time of anticipation and wonder at what it will bring. What will happen when another September rolls around, but school is over? Will your child be ready to leave school and live an independent life style? Parents who...
Words + Words = Language Skills
Expanding and extending language helps children gain better understanding Building Language Expanding Expanding, in language, means putting a word or words that children say into a full sentence. By adding on, we help them communicate what...