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. 40, No. 2, February

Can Laughter Actually Benefit a Person's Immune System?
This column has a simple purpose but a difficult goal--discuss issues that affect the lives, well-being, and state of mind of those who must live and cope with a disability and do so in a humorous way. Not an easy thing to do, since there is certainly...
Children's R.a.R.E. Disease Network
Nicole Boice saw firsthand the anguish her friend Kelly went through after giving birth to a son with a rare genetic disorder. Born with involuntary eye movements, extra digits on his hands and feet, a hooked arm and clubfoot, clenched fists, low muscle...
Food Intervention: How Do I Get Started?
I have heard many parents express that they do not want to try a food intervention plan because it seems too overwhelming. I understand. It can be overwhelming, but if you reach out for assistance from those who have experience with food interventions,...
From Diagnosis, to Life Saving Therapy, to Hollywood: The Journey of John Crowley
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In February of 2000, Exceptional Parent introduced readers to the Crowley family. We profiled John, Aileen, and their three children: Megan, Patrick, and John Jr. In that piece, the Crowleys shared their story. They told us...
Getting and Staying Organized-The Effort Pays off in Many Ways
Spending too much time looking for your keys ... for a misplaced phone number ... for socks that match? Ever missed a bill payment or forgotten a special occasion? Is your junk drawer so full you've started another? You aren't alone. We all face...
Hispanic/Latino Population Social and Health Conditions: The Setting for Children and Adults with Disabilities
"Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the country, and by 2050, one in every four Americans (more than 100 million residents) will be Hispanic." (1,2) In the 2000 Census, approximately 35.4 million people (13% of the population)...
Jump with Jill: High-Energy "Rockstar Nutritionist" Jill Jayne Gets Kids Moving- and Eating Right
Jill Jayne was working as a registered nutritionist in the New York City public school system when she was assigned to a group of 25 urban students in an after-school program in East Harlem. "I had to figure out a way to teach them something I felt...
Meet the New and Improved Section 504
In late 2008, Congress passed the 111 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the new law became effective on January 1, 2009. The amended law corrected what Congress considered to be a departure from the intent of the original ADA...
Pre-School and the Special Needs Child-How to Find the School That Is Right for You and Your Child
Although there is a lot of pressure on young children to learn to read early, write sooner, and be "more academic" younger, there is not substantial research that supports this pressured exposure as having any long-term benefits. The child's neurological...
Searching for the Causes of Autism
This issue's column begins with a few words in tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away on August 11, 2009. She spent much of her long and rich life advocating tirelessly for people with disabilities, and while she will probably be best remembered...
Search & Respond Enhances Connectivity
For many years, "Search and Respond" has provided an opportunity for EP readers and website visitors to exchange information about their practical experiences in meeting the everyday challenges of life with a child or adolescent who has a disability....
Talking Transition: An Interview with an Expert
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ginger Blalock is an educational consultant in the area of career development and transition for youth with special needs, currently serving as facilitator for the NMPED-funded Transition Outcomes Project and Statewide Transition...
The Eyes of Me
The Eyes of Me "Independent Lens" documentary [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Appropriately named after a rap song written by one of the lead characters, The Eyes of Me gives an extraordinary insider's view of four teenagers during the course of one...
The Feeding of Great Children: The Impact of Nutrition on Learning
On a sign near a junk food vending machine in a major city zoo ... "Do not feed this food to the animals. They might get sick." As parents and professionals, we must have high expectations for all of our children, typically developing and those...
The FOD Walk
I fly a lot. Well, I fly in planes that other people fly a lot. And luckily, every single flying experience has been accompanied with a safe "landing" experience. Doug Adams (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) summed it up best: "There is an art...
The Positive Impact of a Specialized Diet
Owen was born Easter Sunday, 2003. Weighing in at 9 pounds, he was a big, beautiful baby boy--every bit the son and brother we had been happily waiting for. But Owen presented us with an immediate challenge. He had been born with microtia, a deformity...
What You Eat Can Make a Difference
Ever since my son Broden was weaned off breast milk, he had been a finicky eater. At one point in time, he only ate yogurt. My friends and family thought it was a stage. Well baby appointments were becoming more stressful. He was not gaining weight....
When Parents of Children with Special Needs Divorce
Few people question the commonly reported statistic that half of marriages in America end in divorce. Reports vary, however, about whether parents of a special needs child face even higher divorce rates. People react differently to the numerous challenges...
Who Gets to Be an Advocate?
advocate (ad've-kat) v. -cated, -cating. To recommend. -n. (ad've-kit, -kat'). 1. One who supports or defends a cause. 2. One who pleads on behalf of another. --Webster's Dictionary In the dictionary, there are just two definitions for the word...
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