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. 37, No. 8, August

Augmentative & Alternative Communication
There is no definitive recipe for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) success, but its universal ingredients can be found at home. The main ones are: * Understanding that all children need to express themselves, however outgoing or...
Back to School!! Homework: Angst and Ethics
The last roll of vacation film is processed. The book bag is purchased. The contents are new and in good order. The clothes are crisp. The supplementary, after-school activities are signed up and paid for. And the carpools are organized. Life is...
Bradley Brings in the Bucks
How many people do you know who can raise $5,500 in one night at their own birthday party? How many people do you know who can take that figure up to $7,100 in just a few more days? Bradley Worley can, did, and is only 10-years-old. This significant...
Causes, Complications, and Consequences of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Encountered in a Cohort of Adults with Childhood-Onset Brain Dysfunction Who Are Institutionalized
Introduction: In their 1997 article, Carl Tyler and Claire Bourguet discussed the national trend to deinstitutionalize adults with intellectual disabilities and place them in community residential settings. As a result, community based primary care...
Considerations for the Military Child with Special Needs Transitioning to Adulthood
Transition is a dynamic lifelong process that seeks to meet individual needs as a person with disabilities moves from childhood to adulthood. Per laws in most states, once an individual becomes 18 years of age that person is considered an adult regardless...
Diet and Supplementation-For Some Families, Part of the Treatment Plan
Talk with a family with a child with autism, ADHD, or another challenging developmental or behavioral diagnosis or disability, and often you will find that at least one family member is tuned to the possibility of nutrition as a potential factor in...
Dr. Leila Daughtry-Denmark-A Life of Service to Children
In planning the August healthcare issue, EP's editorial staff felt certain that the 109-year-old Dr. Leila Daughtry-Denmark had seen much in her long and illustrious pediatric career in terms of the care of children with disabilities. As the country's...
Early Childhood Family Supports Community of Practice ... Creating Knowledge and Wisdom through Community Conversations
"Having families share their stories--successes and challenges--and having researchers and service providers read them will help us move from theory to practice." These are the words of Nancy DiVenere, President of Parent to Parent USA, one of a...
Early Childhood Skill Development: When Should You Seek Help?
If your child is eligible for services, you and a team of professionals will meet to write an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) to address the needs that were identified through the evaluation. If you have...
Finding Their Way: Faith and Fortitude Lift Family of Five
If the sound of these children's shouts and giggles were transposed into musical notes, the resulting composition might sound like "Ode to Joy," particularly to their parents, Karen and Daniel Giorgi. Three children--three autism diagnoses--each...
Fourth Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament
The 4th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament was played on June 9, 2007 at the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City. The event was hosted by Columbia University and sponsored by George Steinbrenner and The New York Yankees, with all...
Group Homes
CATEGORY: DOWN SYNDROME SC has a 19-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. Her husband is in the Air Force and getting ready to retire. They are starting to look for a group home for their daughter but are finding it hard to find the right one for...
Hearing Aid Technology: An Interview with Todd Ricketts
Todd A. Ricketts, Ph.D, is an associate professor at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and has been the Director of the Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory since 1999. His research interest is focused on various high-tech aspects of hearing...
Hearing Loss: Rachel's Story: The Technological Wonder of Cochlear Implants
Rachel Kathryn Skergan was born to David and Natalie Skergan on September 17, 2003 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She was the product of a healthy pregnancy and uncomplicated delivery and had APGAR (a test given just after birth to...
HIPAA Privacy Rules Revealed: Just between You and Me, What You Don't Know Could Hurt You
Information of interest to people with disabilities and other special needs and their families. Imagine you have a nineteen-year-old daughter away at college about three hundred miles from your home. Her roommate calls to say there's something terribly...
Infant Testing: Why You Should Have Your Infant Tested for Hearing Loss
When you look into the eyes of your newborn child, you probably aren't thinking about whether or not he can hear what you're saying. In fact, it could be months, even a year, before you are able to recognize your child's inability to hear. What...
Medicaid-It's Not Just about Income!
As my husband and I manned our table for the promotion of my book, They Created Us, at the 2007 World of Possibilities Expo in Maryland, we met several parents of children with disabilities. Many of these parents brought their children with them, and...
Navigating the Health and Disability Insurance Terrain
Navigating through the treacherous health and disability insurance terrain can be a daunting task, especially if already challenged with the care of a child with special needs. Although the insurance environment may seem a cold, collective behemoth,...
News about Newborn Screening
For years EP has been offering educational information and support to those challenged with disabilities and takes an equally pro-active role in disseminating vital information that could potentially prevent disabilities. This is evidenced by EP's...
Preparing My Daughter for Her First Mammogram
Have you ever witnessed the anxiety of a person with autism and tactile defensiveness during a doctor's exam or a medical procedure? Getting the job done can be a daunting task for the patient, the parent, and the professional. I am the mother of...
Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care
As technology increases, the healthcare community is able to save the lives of many more babies and children than in the past. These amazing advances have allowed so many children with chronic illness and disabilities to remain in the community. Premature...
Preventive Health Screening Recommendations for Individuals Aging with Disabilities
Thanks to significant advances in healthcare--particularly, intensive care for newborns, early diagnosis and treatment, as well as improvements in chronic care and preventive healthcare management--65 percent to 90 percent of children diagnosed with...
Radiowaves
On a monthly basis my friend and neighbor Stu and I meet to solve the world's problems. Last week we were winding up our solutions to both the Delian Problem and the Goldbach Conjecture. We go through phases; this latest outing was to address these...
Six Tips for Hospital Survival
The emergency room physician gave me the bad news: "We need to transport your daughter by ambulance to Mayo Clinic. You have an hour to go home, pack a bag, and return." Although most families have more than an hour to prepare for a hospital visit,...
Stroke: Susceptible at Any Age
Twenty-one years ago, my husband and I sat in a cold, darkened, empty hospital waiting room frantic over our seven-year-old son, Vince's, sudden inability to speak or move the right side of his body. The doctor's pronouncement of stroke at 3 a.m. that...
The Annual Exclusion Gift to a Person with Disabilities: A Practical Guide
One of the most commonly known but misunderstood gifting techniques is use of the annual exclusion. Often, we hear people explain the annual exclusion by saying that you can give $10,000 away per year to family members and then not worry about anything--whether...
Unlocking the Mystery of Social Deficits in Autism: Theory of Mind as Key
What is Theory of Mind and Why Should You Care? Simply put, theory of mind, or ToM, is key to the development of one's social skills. Without ToM, children (or adults) cannot understand or infer the thoughts, feelings, or intentions of others. A...
What Is Celiac Disease? How Do I Live with It?
David, our 38-year-old son with disabilities (mental disability/ ADHD), had over a year of intestinal problems causing him to be hospitalized four times in the emergency room. After a variety of tests, a gastroenterologist finally diagnosed celiac...
What's Happening: Parents Reminded to Check Their Window Blinds
The Window Covering Safety Council is reminding parents of potential window-cord dangers and urging them to replace or retrofit corded blinds, shades, and drapes purchased before 2001 with today's safer products. According to information provided...
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