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. 30, No. 3, March

Adapting Toys for All Kids
by The Let's Play! Project Toy features to look for as well as materials that can be used to make toys easier to play with During the first years of life, the roles of children are characterized by play. They actively explore and interact with...
ASK THE THERAPIST: Hip Stability and Learning to Stand
Q Samuel is four years old. At five weeks of age he was the victim of severe child abuse. He was diagnosed with "shaken baby syndrome." Samuel came into our lives at the age of two months. We left the hospital with a beautiful baby who wasn't expected...
Attention Deficit Disorder
ALL ABOUT ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment: Children and Adults THOMAS W. PHELAN, PH.D. This comprehensive guide, available in book, video set, or audio tape format, gives parents and professionals the information...
Autism
HANDBOOK OF AUTISM AND PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS Second Edition DONALD COHEN AND FRED VOLKMAR A comprehensive handbook that examines all forms of developmental disorders, with emphasis on autism. This second edition, now a two hands...
Beyond Access: UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING[TM]
The ultimate goal of any student is to learn. However, having access to information is not the only essential ingredient in achieving that goal. Education requires challenge and resistance. A balance must be found that allows maximum access (which...
Can We Talk?
PARENTS' PERSPECTIVES ON AAC: Making sense of technology and making it work With the realization that their children will require technology to assist and support them in their lives, parents often enter a world alien to them. This is a world filled...
Communication
DEVELOPMENTAL DYSPRAXIA: INDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION A Manual for Parents and Professionals MADELEINE PORTWOOD This text is designed to provide sufficient information to parents, teachers and professionals so they have the confidence...
Defining Medical Necessity
Strategies for Promoting Access to Quality Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Mental Retardation, and Other Special Health Care Needs WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? In managed care plans, access to service depends in part on whether a service...
Down Syndrome
THUMB'S UP RICO MARIA TESTA The touching story of a boy with Down syndrome and his attempts at basketball, friendship and art. It shows how special needs are not a hindrance, but rather a blessing to the child. AW129DS $14.95 BABIES WITH...
Education
REDEFINING FAMILY SUPPORT Innovations in Public-Private Partnerships GEORGE H.S. SINGER, PH.D., LAURIE E. POWERS, PH.D., AND ARDIS L. OLSEN, M.D. Designed to provide a forum for contemporary work on the challenges and issues that families...
Familiar Faces
Ashley Azzardi, 5, and Artie Conforti, 1, enjoy playing together! Ashley has cerebral palsy and uses a powerchair. She started kindergarten last fall and loves it. Artie was born without his left hand. He uses a passive prosthesis and has adapted quite...
For Young People
MANY WAYS TO LEARN Young People's Guide to Learning Disabilities JUDITH STERN, M.A., UZI BEN-AMI, PH.D. This book is written for young people ages 8-14. Reading it will help them learn to help themselves as it provides a clear and positive...
General
WHEN FOOD'S A FOE How You Can Confront and Conquer Your Eating Disorder NANCY J. KOLODNEY, M.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W. A self help guide for young adults that offers valuable information about how eating disorders start and how they can be overcome...
Gene Therapy
Balancing the Promise With the Reality On September 17, 1999, four days after receiving a gene therapy infusion at the University of Pennsylvania, a young man from Arizona who had a genetic disease known as Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency...
Grieving
GENTLE WILLOW A Story for Children About Dying JOYCE C. MILLS, PH.D. This comforting story will help children deal with the death of friends, a family member, or even pets. It is a loving tender tale that addresses our feelings of sadness,...
Hearing Impaired
SIGN SONGS Fun Songs to Sign and Sing NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF A video that is designed for both children and parents alike, offering a fun way to learn to sign and communicate with those who are hearing impaired. Video 29 minutes/Color...
Help Your Children Understand Their Medicines
Teaching your children good health practices includes teaching them about medicines. The more they know about medicines the more prepared they are for independent and responsible use as they get older. Children need to know about how medicines work...
Learning Disabilities
HELPING PEOPLE WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY EXPLORE RELATIONSHIPS EVE AND NEIL JACKSON This book focuses on the nature of relationships by examining a house inhabited by five people with learning disabilities. There are several subplots that deal...
Medical Research Update 2000
For many of us, the new millenium holds great promise and opportunity--a chance for a "new beginning." Opening the door to the 21st century has freed our imaginations and bolstered our determination to embrace new aspirations, new discoveries, and...
MEET THE PERINATOLOGIST: An Introduction to This Specialist's Role in Caring for Your Child
An obstetrician, primary care physician, or midwife can handle most routine pregnancies. When complications are anticipated because of the mother's medical history, or if they crop up during the pregnancy and threaten to affect the health of the fetus...
New Products
PHONAK MICROLINK[TM] The Phonak MicroLink[TM] is a hearing aid accessory designed for use by children and adults with hearing disabilities. This wireless FM system provides additional amplification for individuals who use hearing aids, providing...
Readers Talk about ... Summer Programs
In our last issue, we presented "Darwin Goes to Camp," one parent's account of preparing her son (and herself) for the best possible summer camp experience. Included here as a follow up are a few of the stories we have received over the past few months...
Remembering Devin
Pretend right now that you cannot walk or talk. You have both a visual and hearing impairment, and have seizures all the time. I had an older brother named Devin who had all of these disabilities. A lot of people thought my brother could not do...
Respond
Probable metabolic disorder H.H., December 1999 (via the EP Web site), has a son who is undiagnosed. He has feeding difficulties, a seizure disorder, developmental delay, and a high level of lactic acid in the blood. She requested information on...
Search
Aggressive behavior My 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hypomelanosis of Ito (a rare disorder characterized by an unusual lack of skin color affecting many areas of the body and associated with other symptoms, such as mental retardation,...
Sites from the Heart Special Needs Advocates Share Their Caring Online
It happens often enough. When the parent or caregiver of a child with a disability realizes that the work they give to one child is so important, they feel compelled to do even more. Serving the children they love is such a powerful elixir that many...
Special Education
INCLUSION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS Bold Initiatives Challenging Change DANIEL D. SAGE, PHD. A total of 23 authors contributed to the eight chapters that describe a variety of experiences with inclusive efforts at the secondary level. The text...
Strength in the Face of Adversity
Last month, we introduced our readers to the Crowley family from Pennington, New Jersey, our newest inductees into the "EP Hall of Fame." Parents John and Aileen spoke to his about caring for their three children, John Jr., 5, Megan, 3, and Patrick,...
Technology
WATCH IT MADE IN U.S.A. A Visitor's Guide to the Companies that Make Your Favorite Products Second Edition KAREN AXELROD AND BRUCE BRUMBERG Did you ever wonder how or where it came from? This is a guide to more than 300 company museums and...
The Best Offense Is a Good Defense
Jay Leeuwenburg, speaks to children about coping with diabetes. He hopes that his positive message reaches children and young adults and motivates them to live life to the fullest. In football, offensive linemen form the "brick wall" that protects...
THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT and the Medicine of the Future
The most ambitious biological science project ever conceived is under way and will profoundly affect how medicine is practiced in the next century. This project is the Human Genome Project (HGP), and its goal is to determine the DNA sequence of every...
UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY (UCP) Strong History, Powerful Future
Understanding Disabilities Creating Opportunities As the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act approaches and the world begins life in the twenty-first century, now is a good time to reflect on the powerful, positive...
What Is Title V and How Can It Help You?
An Introduction to State Title V Programs for Children with Special Healthcare Needs Every state and the District of Columbia has a Title V Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) that is funded, in part, through the Federal...
What's Happening
Beginning this month, What's Happening will include a new consumer product recall section. Each month we will publish information on a product that has been recalled. This information is obtained from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. For...