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. 3, March

10 MYTHS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS about Cerebral Palsy
1. MY CHILD'S FUTURE IS LIMITED. A child born with cerebral palsy or other disabilities has never had a more promising future. With early intervention services available from birth, and a public school education in the "least restrictive environment"...
Accentuating the Positive for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Parents are often both horror- and terror-stricken when they first hear the diagnosis "cerebral palsy." Their immediate image is of a "wheelchair-bound invalid" who must use metal braces, is completely dependent on others, and has very little chance...
Accessibility: The Main Attraction
Strategies for planning theme or amusement park trips You are on your way to your child's dream amusement park. After the 4 1/2 hour drive and the 15 minutes it takes you to get to the park, you arrive at the entrance gates only to find that you...
Attention Deficit Disorder
BEYOND RITALIN STEPHEN W. GARBER, PH.D., MARIANNE DANIELS GARBER, PH.D., ROBYN FREEDMAN SPIZMAN Facts about medication and other strategies for helping children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. HC100AD $13.00 PUTTING ON THE BRAKES Young People's...
Authoring Software: The Power to Create Solutions
Finding the right software to match a child's unique learning styles and needs can be hard. If you have ever watched your child use a program and found yourself thinking, "This is good, but it would be great if it could only ...," then you have thought...
Autism
RIGHT FROM THE START Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism SANDRA L. HARRIS, PH.D. AND MARY JANE WEISS, PH.D. A guide which describes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI)--one of the most successful,...
Blood Pressure Control in Individuals with Pre-Kidney Disease
We call high blood pressure, or hypertension, the silent killer because its first indication is often a stroke or heart attack. Even relatively small increases over normal blood pressure lead to irreversible, destructive scarring of blood vessels and...
Cerebral Palsy
COPING WITH CEREBRAL PALSY Answers to Questions Parents Often Ask Second Edition J. SCHIECHKORN Provides carefully researched answers to more than 300 often-asked questions. PE0370D $26.00 KEYS TO PARENTING A CHILD WITH CEREBRAL PALSY JANE FAULKNEY...
Choosing a Special Camp FOR YOUR SPECIAL CHILD
Camp is more than just a way to keep a child busy. The camp experience contributes to positive development by allowing children to be challenged in ways that are not available in classroom settings. The National Camp Evaluation Project, a 1996 study...
Down Syndrome
MEDICAL & SURGICAL CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME A Guide for Parents EDITED BY D.C. VAN DYKE, M.D. ET AL Designed to give parents a complete and easy-to-understand overview of specific medical conditions that are more common among children...
Education
INCLUSION: 450 STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS Strategies for Effective Communication PEGGY A. HAMMEKEN A gold mine of ideas-many that can be used immediately! Includes step by step guidelines to help tailor an inclusive education program or improve and expand...
Familiar Faces
A tip of the hat to Becky Ogburn, 4. Becky, who has Down syndrome, attends a public elementary school and a church preschool. She loves riding the bus almost as much as she enjoys attending classes. Becky also enjoys speech therapy at her school, swim...
FAMILIES AT RISK: Quality of Life in Technology-Dependent Children and Their Families
When children require medical technology, most families focus on issues of survival. Medical technology also impacts on the quality of life of the child and all those involved with their care. Medical technology is an enormous physical and emotional...
For Young People
ANDY AND HIS YELLOW FRISBEE BY MARY THOMPSON Introduces young readers of (elementary school age) to autism. Illustrated with vivid watercolors and signs to be shared with friends, siblings and classmates so they may get a better understanding of a...
General
FOR THE LOVE OF CHILDREN EVA SHAW A collection of loving observations, essays, and short stories set to inspire and assist parents and grandparents and other people who love children. HC2000D $11.95 MORE THAN A JOB Securing Satisfying Careers...
Goal Mine #2
We parents of children with special needs must earn to navigate through many different service systems while raising our children. For most parents, the school system provides the greatest challenge and requires the most effort. Federal and state laws...
Hearing Impaired
SEEING THINGS MY WAY ALDEN R. CARTER A fully illustrated book about Amanda and her visual impairment. Explains in easy to read text her experiences and expectations, including use of CCTV and Braille. AW122VI $14.95 YOU AND YOUR DEAF CHILD A...
How to Structure PRODUCTIVE after School Time for Your Child
Using a tutor to enhance and reinforce what your child is earning in school is a constructive use of time. Like many parents of a child who has special needs, I used to worry constantly that my child was far behind his peers in so many ways, though...
Learning Disabilities
THE MISUNDERSTOOD CHILD Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities THIRD EDITION LARRY B. SILVER, M.D. Provides information to help parents create the type of family and school programs that maximize growth toward a happy successful...
My Brother, the Teacher
My 7-year-old brother, Corey, has cerebral palsy. When he was born, the doctors told my parents that he would never walk or talk. Although they explained to my other brother, Ryan, and me that Corey was born with a disability, I did not notice it until...
Perspectives
How we, as parents and professionals, define expectations for life outcomes, focus treatment efforts, and define research agendas is directly related to our perspectives. Perspectives that focus on competency and optimism are the key and cornerstone...
Planning for the Future
Part II - Family Financial Considerations in Planning for the Future When Joan and Henry came into my office, to begin the life planning process for their son, Brian they were filled with stories of his successes, such as the day he asked for his...
Respond
Mobility causes exposure D.H., Knoxville, Tennessee (October 1998), has a 6-year-old daughter who has spina bifida and has graduated from diapers to underpants. She is able to move by using her arms and dragging her legs and bottom on the floor....
Riding for a Cause
I have always been involved in community activities, especially my local Rotary Club and Rotary International. I support and believe in Rotary's mission of humanitarian aid whole-heartedly. One of their programs is PolioPlus. This program, in partnership...
Search
Pierre Robin sequence variant I am an early intervention specialist working with a 16-month-old child who has several special needs. They include: severe anomalies of the jaw, tongue, uvula, and palate; and no mobility in her jaw. She is also non-verbal;...
Seven Tips for Happier Trails
Not long ago, I ran into the mother of a boy who had attended the same autism program as my daughter, Jenny, now 16. I mentioned our family had just come back from Florida. She was astonished, asking, "You mean that you travel all over the place with...
"Site" Seeing
Let your mouse do the walking for Web resources on special needs travel. The following are some useful Web sites dedicated to accessible travel: Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped (http://www.sath.org). SATH has represented...
Special Education
NEGOTIATING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION MAZE A Guide for Parents and Teachers W. ANDERSON, S. CHITWOOD, & D. HAYDEN An easy to understand, step-by-step guide for parents of children with special needs and the teachers and professionals who assist them....
Technology
AND A ONE, TWO, THREE This disc contains 360 words and phrases of one to six syllables for syllable segmentation practice. Appropriate for beginning readers, apraxia, and dysarthria. LT168SW $49.00 ARTICULATION I Consonant Phonemes The 1,320...
The National Ability Center
Enhancing Mind, Body, and Soul Nestled in the mountains of Park City, Utah, the Ability Center has been integrating and including people who have disabilities in adaptive recreational activities since 1985. Founders Meeche White, a therapeutic recreation...
Traveling with a Child Who Has Special Needs
We all want to have a smooth trip, so before we travel, we seek advice. But when contemplating travel with your child who has special needs, keep in mind these observations: (1) Every child who has a special healthcare need is unique. (2) You...
Visiting New York City
Visiting cities and sightseeing are among the great educational experiences that families can provide for their children. Starting this month with New York City, we will highlight sights to see and how to make the most of a visit to various cities...
What's Happening
Free federal publications The Consumer Information Catalog lists more than 200 free and low-cost federal publications on a wide army of topics. Topics include: administering medicine to children; dealing with learning disabilities; questions and...
Yoga
Motivated by love for her daughter, an exceptional parent makes some new adaptations to an ancient practice. Coping with stress is an everyday part of life for a child who has a disability. Meeting some or all aspects of daily life requires some...