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. 32, No. 2, February

Autism and the MMR Vaccine; the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). (Medical Research Update)
Some parents and families of children with autism believe that the Measles/ Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine caused their children's autism. These parents report that their children were "normal" until they received the MMR vaccine. Then, after getting...
Confessions of a Researcher: Blind Alleys, Unintended Consequences and Really Big Mistakes. (Research Reflections)
I remember a birthday gift that my older brother got when I was in preschool--a really huge Pink Pearl eraser that had the words, "I never make BIG misteaks" printed across it. By the time I was old and schooled enough to get the joke, I had already...
Dealing with a Parent's Worst Nightmare. (Early Childhood)
When my husband, Raymond, and I chose to become parents, we jumped into the unknown. Our children's well-being and happiness became our concern. The first of our three sons, Danny, was a healthy, very active boy. He was a very independent child, smart...
Developmental Anomalies of the Oral Cavity: The Relationship between Oral Health and Genetic Disorders, Part II. (Developmental Anomalies)
It is estimated that about 25% of Mendelian disorders have craniofacial manifestations. The great majority of chromosomal disorders and several environmental disorders affect the oral cavity, in this paper we will describe isolated, as well as associated,...
Effective Social Skills Programming: The May Institute, Inc. (Early Childhood)
This article has been developed for parents of children with difficulties in social interactions. In particular, parents of children with special needs--mental retardation, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) and other disorders where social behavior...
Evan's Story. (Early Childhood)
The question that everyone seems to ask me is, "How did I know there was a problem at such a young age?" My son Evan is our second child. As an infant, he babbled normally. When Evan didn't have any words by his first birthday, we didn't panic. We...
Gynecological and Reproductive Services for Teenage and Adult Women with Special Needs
Although I am a student of life-span development, my area of focus since the mid-seventies has been gerontology. Only in the last decade have I become aware that persons with developmental disabilities are such a vulnerable, diverse group. My realization...
How Did Your Family Cope with Disaster? Tell Us by Participating in the Project Cope-EP Family Survey. (Coping with Disaster)
Project Cope Project Cope is a national clearinghouse for resources related to trauma recovery, with an emphasis on special and vulnerable populations, including individuals with disabilities. With the support of the federal Administration on Developmental...
On Noticing a Noticeable Difference. (Editor's Desk)
It's not an unusual scenario. Concerned parents bring their infant to the pediatrician to report something they are observing or not observing. The physician calms the parents by saying "it's not so unusual," or "let's look at it in another six months."...
Rare Diseases Act of 2001. (Legislative Update)
The Rare Diseases Act of 2001 was placed on the Senate calendar on December 28, 2001. After its introduction on August 3, 2001 by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the bill moved through the Senate Health, Education, Labor and...
Safety of Your Child with a Disability. (Early Childhood)
Parents want their children to be safe from accidents, illnesses, physical harm, bullying, drugs, etc. In considering our children's safety, preventing abuse is essential. We have a key role in protecting our children from abuse whether our child has...
Third Annual World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities: Gears Up for Exciting Move to Orlando
The Second Annual World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (WCD) that took place September 28-30, 2001 in Atlanta was a major success. The event drew more than 5,000 people from across the country and received high praise from attendees and...
Universal Newborn Screening
In 1961, Dr. Robert Guthrie of the University of Buffalo developed a laboratory test to detect phenylketonuria (PKU) in newborns. PKU is an inherited metabolic disorder resulting from an enzyme deficiency; if left untreated, it results in profound...
What about the Children? Children's Neurobiological Solutions (Organizational Spotlight)
Palmer Clay Richmond was only two days old when he was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. Eight days later, he underwent two emergency surgeries to remove damaged intestines. By two and a half years old, he had been at death's door four different times....