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. 37, No. 9, September

2007 Models of Excellence in Education
TRAVIS GROVER HEARTSPRING SCHOOL [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Travis Grover knew from the time he was attending the State University of New York at Brockport that he wanted to focus his career on helping children with special needs. After receiving...
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults: Review of an Article
It has long been thought that adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder did not continue beyond adolescence, but it is now known that this condition persists into adulthood and, in fact, exists in 3-9 percent of children and 4 percent of adults...
Autism Insurance Bill Wins House Approval in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill on July 15 sponsored by Speaker Dennis O'Brien to end widespread discrimination by private health insurance companies by requiring them to provide coverage for autism-related services. "This bill...
Conductive Education ... Complicatus Eliminatus!
Surely we can all recall Dr. Seuss's beloved book, The Cat In The Hat, as he sings absolute chaos into a previously mild-mannered suburban home. It is a simple story about two children tired of doing the same old thing, waiting around for something...
Dr. Rader Dictates a Letter of Appeal or Here's What You Can Do with the Washcloth
RE: Tory Mason (35-year-old male with cerebral palsy) This letter is in response to the determination of Dr. Lumpert at PoorCare regarding the above member and PoorCare's denial of a GoodLife Track Lift System (requested to enable Mr. Mason shower...
Educating the Child with a Disability or Other Special Needs
It's easy to become overwhelmed at the thought of arranging an appropriate education for your child with special needs. You have so many things to consider: your child's age and maturity level, the nature and severity of his or her disability, the...
Expect the Best for Your Child's Dental Home
Too many parents of children with special healthcare needs come upon dental care for their child out of necessity or urgency. In order to make the relationship most beneficial, the preferred way is to establish a Dental Home during your child's infancy....
Fort Sam Houston Employs Team Effort to Accomplish Army Medical Action Plan
The United States Department of the Army implemented a five-phase Army Medical Action Plan (AMAP) this year to improve medical care, services, and transition for wounded Soldiers and their families. The Army achieved success in the first phase of the...
Kindred Spirits: An Integrated Arts Organization
I remember watching the evening news while my fragile infant slept in my arms, lulled by the rhythm of the rocking chair. The featured story was about three young schoolboys. One was challenged with disabilities and used a wheelchair. The other two...
Making Informed Decisions: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?
The Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday and parents have a conflict in their schedule. They would like to change the date of the meeting but, instead, cancel a doctor's appointment in order to attend the meeting. When...
No Child Left Behind and Students with Disabilities
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), this nation's major federal law related to education in grades pre-kindergarten through high school. Congress first passed the ESEA in 1965...
One Family's Journey: Medical Home and the Network of Supports It Offers Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Over the next year, EP will present a case study about the American Academy of Pediatrics' Medical Home Initiative. A "Medical Home" is not a building. It is an approach to providing healthcare services to children with special healthcare needs. ...
Seizures and Teens: Sex, Seizures, and Drugs: What Teenage Girls and Their Parents Need to Know
Adolescence is a time of transition, marking a period in which a teen's sexuality is developing physically and emotionally. A parent's job is to help children understand these feelings and how to respond safely and appropriately. While sexuality is...
Sensory Processing Disorders: Fact or Fiction?
I often get phone calls and letters asking, "Do you do sensory integration?" I thought as the year gears up for another nine months of school, explaining what is and isn't sensory integration would be very helpful as parents seek therapy and other...
Sitting on the Other Side of the Table: What Happens When a Special Education Instructor Becomes an Exceptional Parent and What Can Be Learned from Both Experiences?
When my son was around 18 months of age, I expressed to my pediatrician that Patrick was a very active toddler, who had a great sense of humor and liked to tease, play chase, and climb. But he was behind in eating and vocabulary. She provided me a...
Smart Communication
When your child has chronic health conditions, you don't just drop her off at school. You get involved, starting with the first Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting, and you stay involved, meeting with the teachers at least once a year to develop...
Teens in Transition to Community Transportation
In most families as children enter adolescence, conversations begin to include transportation as a way to gain greater independence. Teens naturally shift their interests toward friends, extra curricular activities, and earning money with part time...
The Future Looks Bright with Promising Young Students like Maegan Diagostino Entering the Special Education Teaching Profession
The future certainly looks bright for the teaching profession as students like rising Marywood University sophomore, Maegan Diagostino, move toward careers in special education. And while the majority of young men and women who major in special ed...
The Importance of Human Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities
"Carla Tate: I wonder who thought up sex? Daniel McMann: I think it was Madonna."--The Other Sister What does it mean to provide sexuality education to children and adolescents with special needs? Providing comprehensive sexuality education to...
The Katrina Kids
As the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina rolls in, thoughts return again to those bleak days, watching people cling to their rooftops, waiting for a hand. Last September, at the one year mark, the magazines, newspapers, television reports, Web...
The Many Flavors of Special Needs Trusts
In the last several months, a number of the Special Needs Alliance's monthly columns in EP have focused on the importance of properly drafted Special Needs Trusts in protecting the Trust Beneficiary's eligibility for public benefits, the impact of...
The National Disability Rights Network and the Protection and Advocacy System
This month EP spotlights the National Disability Rights Network and the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system. Congress first created the national P&A system in 1975 after national news stories revealed the rampant abuse and neglect and the...
Vegas, Depression, and the $9 Potato
I don't often write about personal psychological issues in this column, probably because I believe what goes on in my noodle is the last bastion of privacy I have left. When you're dependent on so many other people to accomplish basic life tasks, to...
When an Emergency or Disaster Strikes ... Are You Ready?
In 1999, Hurricane Floyd prompted former Governor Jim Hodges to issue a mandatory evacuation for residents of Beaufort County, South Carolina. My family evacuated a few hours prior to the mandatory evacuation being announced and avoided one of the...