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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. 28, No. 8, August

A Family Guide to Common Terms Associated with Managed Care
ACCESS: The patient's ability to get medical care, determined by factors such as the availability of medical services, their acceptability to the patient, the location of healthcare facilities, transportation, hours of operation, and the cost of care....
A Parent's Perspective
Reg Green is the father of Nicholas, the seven-year-old American boy who was shot while the family was on vacation in Italy in 1994. The tragedy became a major news story around the world when Reg and his wife, Maggie, donated Nicholas' organs to...
Feeding Support for Infants and Young Children
Mealtime is an important event for both child and caregiver because feeding affects the child's physical health, growth, and development. In addition to taking in nutrients and practicing feeding skills, a child socializes and expresses feelings during...
How the Developmental Pediatrician Works with Behavioral Problems
The new school year is supposed to be the beginning of a wonderful adventure in learning, but for some children, it is a continuation in their struggle to conform to the classroom and its rules. Their parents have the added responsibility of working...
Medicaid Eligibility: Give All Options Careful Consideration
Moving from one state to another may cost you critically needed services. Medicaid is a federal health insurance program which provides three types of health care coverage for people with disabilities: (1) long term care for the elderly and those...
My Personal Challenge
When I was born, I was a healthy baby. However, as I began to grow, my mom became worried because I was not talking or walking when I was suppose to. When I did walk, at, 19-months old, it was only for short periods of time and I was clumsy and fell...
Orphan Drugs: The Need for More Research and Development
Imagine that you are the manager of a major league baseball team, about to start the first game of the World Series. As your team prepares to take the field, you walk to home plate to meet with the opposing manager and the umpires to go over the ground...
Reaching Her Goal
After battling a rare and controversial syndrome for three years, Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Akers, 32, is back on the soccer field. Known to her teammates as "Mufasa" (a character from "The Lion King"), for her golden mane of curly hair,...
The Donation Decision
The death of a loved one is a traumatic time, usually filled with questions or decisions that must be made. Of these, one question many families do not discuss until it is too late is organ donation. When making the decision, family members start...
The People vs. VAPP: Parents Can Make a Difference
The only cases of polio in the U.S. since 1979, are those attributable to vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP). VAPP is caused by exposure, directly or indirectly, to the oral-live polio vaccine (OPV) which contains live, weakened poliovirus....
The Ultimate Gift
Research on brain tissue has uncovered important information on developmental disorders and disabilities. This article examines the advancements made by researchers because of donations to the Brain and Tissue Banks for Developmental Disorders, as well...
United Cerebral Palsy: More Than the Name Implies
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is an organization that. not only serves children and adults with cerebral palsy, but also people with a wide variety of physical and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1949 by a small group of committed parents,...
What Do You Mean It's Not Covered?
Meeting the healthcare expenses related to a child with a disability or chronic illness can be a challenge. It can also be a challenge for your employer or the company that helps you pay your medical bills. It is important to keep in mind your responsibilities...
Working It Out
A case study takes a look at why the education plan for Jimmy Gross, a boy with learning disabilities, was not working, and how the problem was resolved LISTENING TO: MR. GROSS "Jimmy's principal wants to see you this week if you can find time,"...