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. 30, No. 9, September

Alex Is Pretty Neat!
I have a brother named Alex. He has Down syndrome. Down syndrome is when someone looks a little different and is a little late in learning things. I can think of a lot of words to describe Alex: different, loving, and special! I am going to tell you...
All Together Now ...?
Have you ever attended an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting and experienced the following: * When you walk in, everyone is talking and no one looks at you? * The professionals tell you their names and their titles in alphabet soup? *...
Familiar Faces
LEAH Leah Navarre Phillips, 7, is a happy camper! Born 3 months premature with cerebral palsy, Leah loves to use her walker to skate and shop at the mall. Leah was an honor student in her first grade class. She loves swimming and helping her dad...
HLHS Picnic "Little Hearts," BIG DREAMS
What do Farmington, Connecticut, lots of food and a host of activities, and most important, 95 families with kids with special needs have in common? They were all part of the annual picnic gathering organized by Little Hearts, a New England-based support...
Legislative Update
CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ADA IN QUESTION Over forty cases in the past ten years have called into question Congress's power to impose the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) on states. A recent addition to that number is...
Listing of Schools, Camps, & Residences
Nationwide Ability Camp, Inc. Center for Conductive Education and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Providing separate and combined programs for children with C.P. For a free video call 1-800-442-6992 www.abilitycamp.com Circle # 16 See our ad on page 120 Arkansas Easy...
MANAGING INCONTINENCE: Helping Children Learn about and Overcome the Challenges
In the first article of this special series on incontinence (published in last month's issue), Dr. Michael J. Solomon discussed the medical causes of and treatments for incontinence in children with disabilities. In this segment, we take a look at...
Medical Research Update
NEW THERAPY FOR PEOPLE DISABLED BY STROKE A recent study reveals the promise of a new rehabilitative therapy for people who have limb paralysis due to stroke. After a stroke, some cells that may control limb movements remain in shock and, therefore,...
MEMORIAL TO Maxwell J. Schleifer, PhD
Max Schleifer--professor, clinician, researcher, scholar, and advocate--founded EXCEPTIONAL PARENT magazine as a means of providing practical advice, counsel, and connections for anguished and overwhelmed parents of children with disabilities. Max...
Models of Excellence in EDUCATION
This year's Models of Excellence in Education celebrate inclusion--in the classroom, on the job, and in the community. We have heard from schools that have welcomed children with disabilities into their classrooms and their lives; programs that teach...
Moving toward the Vision of the Universally Designed Classroom
It is 10:30 on a Monday morning and the first grade teacher announces that it is "Drop Everything and Read" time. At the announcement, twenty-two children move to various locations in this inclusive classroom. Some of the students pick up a book from...
Parents as Partners in the Medical Home: What Should Medical Facilities Look Like?
Brian Jenkins is an 8-year-old with spina bifida who uses a wheelchair. Every week his mom takes him to physical therapy. Unfortunately, the agency is located on the second floor of a building that has no elevator. Brad Johnson is the father of...
Preparing Kids for Teasing
All children, especially those with disabilities, and their parents need to know appropriate ways to minimize the effects of this inevitable part of growing up The following article is adapted from Sites and Sounds, March 2000, which is published...
Putting Families First
Jane Browning, executive director of the President's Committee on Mental Retardation, has had a lifelong devotion to advocacy, both personally and publicly. In the second part of EP's interview with her, Jane talks about what she learned from her own...
Report Addresses Problems in Special Education
Research involving professionals and parents pinpoints areas for action to ensure quality education for children with disabilities The following is an overview of the the special report prepared by The Council for Exceptional Children, a professional...
Search & Respond
S Group home Six years ago, my husband and I adopted our granddaughter, who is 11-years-old and has cerebral palsy, autism, cortical blindness, mental retardation, and is developmentally delayed. She cannot walk, has limited speech, and can be combative....
Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Until very recently, routine screening of newborns for inherited metabolic disorders was limited to three to five disorders. Now, with the new method using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS), more than 30 of these diseases or disorders can be easily...
Teaching the Teacher
About a Child's Unique Health Needs As Kathi Orton and I stood on the playground watching our sons play, she remarked, "School isn't even out this year and I'm already worrying about next fall. I wish I had something to give to John's teachers so...
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) is a professional organization representing the state administrators of education programs for children and youth with disabilities in the 50 states and federal jurisdictions....
The WCD Takes a Universal Approach
EP's First Annual World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (November 10-12, 2000) in Atlanta, Georgia, is an event that will bring together individuals with disabilities, their families, and professionals to take part in a broad range of...
"Top" of Their Game
With the help of a top Olympic athlete, US Youth Soccer continues to open the field of play of this highly popular sport to youngsters with disabilities. Participation in soccer among kids of all ages has been staggering in the past decade. According...
What's Happening
Newborn Screening Awareness Month September has been declared Newborn Screening Awareness month in a collaborative effort among numerous parents groups, including the Tyler for Life Foundation. Newborn screening lapel pins are being sold to be...
When Different Is the Same
Including a child with a disability in the regular classroom environment can be challenging, yet ultimately, rewarding If you saw my 14-year-old daughter Katie enter the middle school lunchroom you would notice that she bobs the top half of her...
Where Are They Now?
FEBRUARY '98 COVER STORY: ANTHONY PIETRI For an average kindergartener, life normally presents few problems. For Anthony Pietri, who turned 6 in May, life has been a series of grave challenges. Just days after his birth, Anthony was diagnosed...