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. 29, No. 10, October

Advances in the Treatment of Pediatric Epilepsy
Epilepsy is defined as repeated, unprovoked seizures. A seizure is caused by the discharge of a collection of neurons (brain cells) in one area of the brain. The results depend on where in the brain the discharges begin and how they spread. A seizure...
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Annual Toy Review
We know that play is crucial to every child's development. Games and toys are the tools of play which children must be able to directly manage and manipulate in order to master those skills. Through play, children acquire and master cognitive, social,...
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Comprehensive Preventive Oral Care
Surveys over the past decade have shown that most dental students have had fewer than eight hours of lecture material on caring for individuals with special needs. Students often experience fewer than five treatment opportunities with individuals with...
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Diabetes Mellitus and the Kidneys
Diabetes mellitus causes significant blood vessel and nerve damage, leading to progressive involvement of many body parts, including the kidneys. It is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States. People who have diabetes and develop...
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Epilepsy Treatment in the 21st Century
Over the last 20 years, there have been many advances in the medical treatment of childhood epilepsy. These include: the development of new medications; the increasing utilization of surgery; the availability of better diagnostic tools; a better understanding...
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Familiar Faces
She's no Blair witch, but Rebecca Grace Seaman's blue eyes can cast a spell on anyone. Rebecca, 5, was born with Dubowitz syndrome (a rare developmental disorder characterized by short stature and facial abnormalities). She also has mild mental retardation...
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Fighting the Good Fight
The Epilepsy Foundation (EF)--including affiliates serving communities nationwide--is the national voluntary organization representing people with epilepsy and seizures. The organization's goal is to ensure the provision of and access to essential...
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FUN and EASY ADAPTIVE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
That time of year is here again when "ghosts and goblins" roam from house to house. But perhaps the scariest thing about it is the dreaded question: What does your child want to be? There are so many factors to consider, whether designing your own...
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Fun and Games
When parents ask what is the most important thing they can do to help their child, I always advise them to remember that what exceptional children want MOST is to be treated just like everyone else: to fit in and BELONG. This means that exceptional...
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Making Hospital Stays Easier for Children
Twelve-year-old Matthew was very worried about his upcoming surgery. When his parents brought him to the hospital for a tour, the child life specialist let him explore the pre-op area, the surgery suite, and the recovery room. She showed him on a cloth...
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Meeting the Challenge and Reaping the Rewards: Coping with Kidney Transplantation
As with any stage of kidney disease, there is a period of adjustment following transplantation, and long-term care is required to maintain good health. Five years ago I met "EH," a shy, reticent young man of 16, when his mother accompanied him to...
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New EParent.com for 2000
EParent.com has a new structure look, and content channels. Last year, EXCEPTIONAL PARENT launched EParent.com (www.eparent.com) as a full-fledged Web site. No longer was it just a subsection providing disability information and resources to other...
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New Products
LAP WIZARD[TM] The Lap Wizard is a lap tray designed for individuals who use wheelchairs or who are in bed for extended periods. Available in an assortment of colors, this tray consists of a durable, impact-resistant tabletop with a raised edge,...
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Part 1: The Goal, the Team, and AAC Rules of Commitment
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems can significantly benefit children who have severe speech communication disorders. The issues surrounding the selection and application of AAC systems, however, can be complex. This three-part...
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Respond
Beware of a misdiagnosis V.M., Saginaw, Michigan (June 1999), has a 26-year-old son with cerebral palsy. He has never walked, is legally blind, has very limited head and trunk control, limited fine motor skills and limited speech. Recently, he has...
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Search
Prune belly syndrome My 2-year-old son has prune belly syndrome. This disease is characterized by a defect in the stomach lining. I am looking for other families who have children with the same disease. T.N., Sanford, Maine Editor's Note:...
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Selecting Toys for Children with Disabilities
A treasured toy that helps a child with disabilities enjoy the magic of play--just like any other kid--can open a world of learning and confidence-building for that child. The National Lekotek Center is dedicated to making play accessible for all children...
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Shaping the Future of Perinatal Health Care
Parent involvement is vital to the National Perinatal Association's (NPA) goal of improving healthcare for mothers and babies. The NPA invites you to become involved and attend its annual conference. This year, the National Perinatal Association's...
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Social and Psychological Aspects of Epilepsy
EPilepsy is the most common of all neurological disorders in children. Often the educational, social, and psychological impacts of epilepsy can be more detrimental than the condition itself. Despite tremendous medical advances in understanding and...
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Special Needs Toy List
ROCKING HORSE (NOT PICTURED) BY LITTLE TYKES (AGES 2-5 YEARS) Children can ride this horse on an imaginary journey while learning to enjoy stimulation from the easy rocking motion. Playing with this toy, a child can develop trunk control and balance,...
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Spirit of Achievement: "Up" and above Labels
Annie Forts With the mere stroke of her pen at age 7, Annie Forts, who has Down syndrome, defined her philosophy on her disorder and began carving the path for her life's work. When her parents received a newsletter called the "Down Syndrome News,"...
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TASH: An Advocacy Organization That Welcomes All
A unique organization, TASH is a true coming together of people with disabilities, parents, and other family members, advocates, people who work in the disability field, students, and researchers from around the world who share the same values. Our...
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The Complete Performance
We were given a new script in our drama class the other day. After the first read-through, everyone felt it was strange and incomprehensible. It was difficult to immediately enter the "world" of the play and its characters, just as it is difficult...
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Toys and Treasures from Ordinary Objects
Anyone who has ever given a child an expensive or elaborate toy has had the following experience: after a few minutes playing with the toy, the child becomes engrossed in playing happily with the box, the tissue, the wrapping paper, and the bow. Engagement...
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Welcome Home: Parent to Parent Conferences Make Exceptional Parents Feel like Family
Parent to Parent Conferences Make Exceptional Parents Fell Like Family Attending an International Parent to Parent Conference is like attending a family reunion. Members often return home with a renewed sense of belonging, acceptance, and security....
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What's Happening
Spinal Cord Injury Web site Information on spinal cord injuries can be obtained from the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Information Network's Web site at http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu. This Web site provides information and links to hundreds of national...
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