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. 43, No. 5, May

A Faulty Carnitine Clinical Study: A Common Example of Faulty Clinical Studies in General
I've received a number of inquiries by concerned parties regarding a recent clinical study at Cleveland Clinic which, sparked by the senior physician who participated in the study, was covered heavily by the mass media, hailing it as a breakthrough...
An In-Box Full of Inspiration Angelman Syndrome Foundation: It Was Recently Announced That ASF-Funded Research Had Uncovered, in More Depth, the Ways Angelman Syndrome Affects Specific Neurological Processes That May Be Needed for Memory and Learning. the Research Has Also Discovered the Ways an Existing Drug Compound May Help Restore These Neurological Processes Affected by Angelman Syndrome
"We were about to give up." Those words of frustration came from a researcher investigating treatments for a little-known disorder called Angelman syndrome. Thanks in part to inspirational messages emailed from an exceptional mother he had never met...
A Token of Appreciation: When Exceptional Parents Find Themselves on the Board Game of "Special Needs" and Are Trying to "Win at All Costs," They Are Employing the Same Principles of "Game Theory."
When I was in college and fumbling through "connecting," I remember the first time I heard the words, "I hope you're not into playing games." This amused me since everyone referred to it as "the dating game." The expressions "He's a loser," or "I hope...
Bike Riding: For Family Fun and Exercise
Riding a bike as a child always gave me a sense of freedom. The world was mine to explore. I could go over to a friend's house, go to the park or the local swimming pool during the dog days of summer. As I got older, it was a means to employment. I...
Caring for Women of the Military: Living Springs at Lourdes, a Hospital-Based Behavioral Health Program Serving Active Duty Servicewomen, Provides Treatment for Military Women Suffering from Conditions Including PTSD
New Jersey is now the proud home of the only specialized treatment center on the East Coast specifically designed for an underserved segment of women in need--those who are members of the armed forces, and suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder...
Celebrating 50 Years of Newborn Screening: Newborn Screening Programs Have Greatly Expanded over the Past Five Decades, Leading to the System Being Recognized as One of the Most Successful Public Health Programs in the Country. through This Program, Thousands of Babies' Lives Have Been Saved
What is Newborn Screening? Your baby has arrived and what an exciting event! While you are getting to know the newest member of your family, many things are happening in the hospital to you and to the baby. Newborn babies are checked and watched...
Dealing with Difficult Coaches: Be Observant, Be Patient and Be an Advocate for Your Child. Remember That above All It's "Play Ball!" Play Denotes Fun and Children Do Learn from Play
In light of recent events at Rutgers, it's a good time to reflect on our roles as coaches given the privilege of working with today's young people and student athletes. Youth sports should be participation based, while high school athletics is Educationally...
Eliminating Military Suicides: Combating the Stigma to Seeking Help
Since the onset of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the suicide rate among active-duty servicemembers has doubled. Despite extensive awareness campaigns, counseling programs and prevention initiatives, suicides now outpace combat deaths. The reluctance...
Give the Gift of Life
Dear Valued Subscriber: You are receiving this letter because you are an existing subscriber to EP Magazine or because you are someone who is in a position to help a family caring for a loved one with special needs. This one time offer is an opportunity...
Hello, I'm Eric's Mom: As an Exceptional Parent, I've Walked the Walk and Will Share My Survival Skills and Know-How on Endless Subjects with All of You
I'm so excited to introduce our new column, "Eric's Mom." I'm just a regular mom who wants to give voice to your concerns and will try to be your beacon of hope. I want to hear from you. I want to know the cartwheels of your daily lives, what makes...
In Memoriam Ralph Braun
Ralph William Braun, founder and CEO of The Braun Corporation, passed away Friday, February 8th in Winamac, Indiana. He was 72 years old. Ralph leaves behind a significant legacy in the mobility industry--an industry that he helped create based...
Just Another Ordinary Day ... or Maybe Not: If Conventional Doctors Cannot Find a Magical Pill, Then We Need to Continue to Look for Possible Solutions
Today is April 2nd, 2013. For most of the people in our society, it is just another Tuesday. Just a day that happens to fall after Monday. They may be focusing on a briefing they need to present, or looking forward to a luncheon they may be having...
Lessons from Adapted Sports: What a School for Children with Physical Disabilities Can Teach Parents about Adapted Sports
"There was no such thing as adaptive physical education when I was in school. We sat on the sidelines and kept score, were the time keepers or equipment managers, or read a book," recalls Joe Slaninka, who was one of only three students who used a...
Letterschool
LetterSchool is a math tutorial program and a writing skills training program designed for use by parents or teachers Working with children with learning, upper extremity or fine motor disabilities or autism. This application (or app) allows a parent...
Making the First Purchase of Assistive Mobility Equipment for Your Child
At eight months of age, Julie Anderson's son Antonio was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. Ten months later, still in the midst of coming to terms with the realities of his life-changing diagnosis, she was faced with an important decision--what...
New School Year Transition Tips for Children with Autism: Fear and Anxiety Can Be Reduced by Taking Small Steps to Familiarize the Child to His or Her New Situation Prior to the Beginning of the School Year
Although summer vacation is just starting, before we know it, those bright yellow school buses will be darting through our neighborhoods. A new school year will commence. Moving to a different classroom, grade, or school can be stressful for any...
Power Wheelchairs & Young Children: Just as a Typically Developing Child Learns How to Walk by Trial and Error, a Child with a Disability Needs to Experience a Similar Process When Learning to Navigate through Their World, Even If It Is from the Seat of a Power Wheelchair in a Controlled Environment
How old should a child with disabilities be before they are ready to operate a power wheelchair? This is a common question parents and clinicians often struggle to answer. Many issues must be considered when answering this question. But, perhaps, the...
Quitting Work to Care for a Family Member: Ten Tips to Help
Sometimes a couple will decide it's best for their child with special needs if one parent quits work to provide a higher level of care for their child. While the focus is on what's best for the child and family, this decision often directly hits the...
Rally for Medical Research What's Going on in DC, and How Does It Affect Me? If You Want Your Voice to Be Heard in Support of Medical Research, Send an Email to or Call Your Us Representative and Senators. Write a Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed for Your Local Paper, or Gather a Group of Individuals to Schedule a Meeting with Your Member of Congress' District Office
For children like Jordan Boucher, scientists are not men in white lab coats running around ivory towers, and biomedical research is not an abstract concept; it is tangible and life-giving. Jordan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 15...
Using Technology & Creativity to Help Your Child Actively Participate Things Your Child Is ABLE to Do
Children with severe multiple disabilities tend to be passive participants in day to day activities, but this does not need to be the case. With a little creativity and some of the ideas in this article, affordable assistive technology devices that...
Violence against Women with Disabilities: It May Have Started in Childhood: "There Are Reports ... That Children with Disabilities Are Four to 10 Times More Likely to Be Abused Than Children without Disabilities." "Unfortunately, the 'Dirty Secret' about Abuse of Children with Disabilities Is All Too True."
CHILDREN Newspaper stories, television news series and professional publications are rife with reports of the neglect and abuse of children; in particular of youngsters with disabilities and, more so, sexual abuse of female children with disabilities....
VOR's Quality in the Community Initiative: Together We Will Promote High-Quality, Person-Centered, Community-Based Services for All Individuals with I/DD through Advocacy and Legislation to Ensure Uniform, Humane Quality Standards in Community Settings across All States
[ARTICLE PROVIDED BY VOR] If there is one thing that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can agree on, it is that quality matters--in all settings, and in all places, serving people with intellectual and developmental...
Wheelchair Buddies
The Wheelchair Buddies are a wheelchair carrier system for a hand-propelled tricycle for people with lower extremity or mobility disabilities or spinal cord injury or lower extremity amputees. The Wheelchair Buddies allow a person to attach a manual...