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. 41, No. 11, November

Additional Care-Giving Responsibilities When You Already Care for Someone with Special Needs
Let's say you have a child with special needs. Your daily routine is jam-packed with responsibilities, and now your spouse sustains an incapacitating illness or injury. Not only do you have to provide care for another person, but you also must take...
A Peek into the Past Can Reveal a Lot about Your Future: So This Year, Leave the Thanksgiving Table with More Than a Full Belly. Take Advantage of Your Time Together to Get Your Family Talking about How to Make the Best Decisions for Your Health
Thanksgiving is a special time of year--a day of traditions, family and friends, and, of course, delicious food. But did you know that Thanksgiving is also National Family History Day? Every year since 2004, the Surgeon General has urged Americans...
Bancroft to Launch Continuing Education Program for Brain-Injury Professionals
Bancroft is launching a continuing education program to share its expertise in rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries. Designed for case managers, social workers, rehabilitation therapists and other brain injury professionals, sessions...
Combating Autism Reauthorization Act Signed into Law-Many Benefit
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a network of interdisciplinary, university-based centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities....
Doing the Right Thing
This past summer, a landmark study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association determined that Risperdal and other popular anti-depressants were ineffective in treating soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Despite this...
Federal Limits on Service Animals: Rule out Service Monkeys
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that privately owned businesses allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed. This mandate applies to all businesses...
Global Down Syndrome Foundation's Gala Taking Place in November
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation announced that Gladys Knight will perform live at its inaugural Washington, D.C. Gala--Be Beautiful, Be Yourself. Washington's most powerful and influential leaders and professional athletes will gather to support...
Home Equity Loans and Retirement Plan Distributions: Financing Opportunity or Trap in Financing the Medical Expense Deduction for Families with Special Needs Children
As discussed in the August 2010 article entitled "Revisiting Tax Benefits for Parents of Children with Special Needs," the number of children diagnosed with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and other neurological disorders continues to skyrocket, disrupting...
MarbleRoad on the Rare Children's Storybook Project and Other Creative Initiatives
Throughout my career, I have focused my time and energy on systemic health reform and policymaking. However, I lost a friend, Craig Nolan (pictured right), before his 25th birthday in 2005 to anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare, aggressive...
Marriage Is Good for Children
"As divorce rates remain high and cohabitation becomes more commonplace, increasing number of U.S. children will spend a larger proportion of their lives in a nontraditional family." [1] Less than half (48.4%) of children less than 18 years live in...
Military Families with Special Needs Children Connect!
EP Magazine and Bright Beacon hold a special place in our hearts for military families and the hardships and sacrifices they make daily to protect our freedoms. Many of these families have children with special needs. With duty station transfers, deployments,...
New Adventures with the Fire Ants
I've learned that if there isn't a service being provided for my child, then I research to find an alternative that can make a similar impact. It seems like yesterday when my son said the word "ball" for the first time. He's come a long way. Now,...
Playground Play: Educational and Inclusive
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We know what you may be thinking: playgrounds ... in November? But, one of the important things to remember about education and government officials is that they plan ahead; and, right now, they are planning for spring, when...
Preparing Today and Insuring Tomorrow
Many parents begin planning for their child's future the moment they learn they are expecting. It's common for parents to wonder what their child's life will look like as the years go by and their child grows older. Where will Sarah go to school? What...
Stand for the Troops: Picking Up the Torch: The Nonpartisan (501C3) Advocate for America's Frontline Troops Keeps Going and Growing, Continuing to Safeguard the Physical and Mental Well-Being of Men and Women Deployed on the Frontlines
I had the honor of meeting and interviewing Eilhys England Hackworth, Chairman of the Stand for the Troops (SFTT), which she co-founded with her late husband Col. David "Hack" Hackworth. SFTT, the nonpartisan (501c3) advocate for America's frontline...
The Dilemma for Military Parents of Children with Disabilities
Military parents of children with disabilities face a serious dilemma at retirement--whether or not to choose the military Survivor Benefits Plans (SBP) retirement option for their children. Saying "yes" to a monthly income for your child seems the...
The Sniffles
I woke up this morning with the sniffles. Okay I agree, for the editor-in-chief of the nation's most respected publication addressing the spectrum of complex disabilities to get on a soapbox and discuss "the sniffles" is pretty lame. Beyond lame, I...
VA Announces PSA about Women Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking its internal culture-change message to the public with a new video about the vital role women play in the military and the importance of providing women Veterans with high quality health care. VA's Women...
What Therapists Need to Know
What the Clinician can do When dealing with families that have been somatically fixated, it's important to initially focus on the symptoms, while not getting dragged into the way that the symptoms have become a centrally organizing event for the...
Why I Run: To Me, Raising Funds and Training for This Race-Facing the Wind and the Cold, Getting Up Early When I Would Have Rather Stayed in Bed, Icing the Sore Muscles and Improving My Diet-Was Nothing Compared to the Daily Struggle Faced by Military Parents of Children Affected by Autism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Boarding an airplane on that chilly Spring morning, I was excited but nervous as I traveled to warmer weather--and lower elevation--to compete in my very first 10K race. It had been almost a year since my husband retired from...