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. 11, November

Absolutely Positively
When thinking if your special needs child requires a Special Needs Trust, it is a no brainer. In all likelihood the benefits provided by any branch of government will not be enough to sustain the quality of life you want your child to have. It may...
Critical Special Needs Trust Update
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RECENT CHANGES IN SOCIAL SECURITY RULES MAY IMPACT YOUR LOVED ONE'S PAYBACK SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST On October 1, 2010 the Social Security Administration (SSA) adopted new rules regarding so-called early termination provisions...
Dental Care for Special Needs
Your little one is having some trouble eating because of a dental condition stemming from their disability. And you heard that dental coverage under TRICARE is extra money. Well, not always. If you're covered under TRICARE Prime, you might be...
Diagnosing and Solving School Learning Disabilities in Epilepsy Part 4, Forgotten Problems: The Student
Last month we saw what a powerful effect epilepsy has on the social functioning of the classroom and how this impact can affect learning difficulties in your student. Epilepsy also exerts a powerful influence upon the teacher, depending how educated...
Do You See What I See? Joint Attention and Its Importance in Autism
Logan and her mother are playing in the backyard one summer day when a butterfly lands on a flower nearby. Logan looks over at the butterfly, looks at her mother, and then points to the butterfly as if silently saying "Mom look at this!" Logan's mother...
Feds to Propose Rules Making Internet Disabled-Friendly
The Internet--the ubiquitous infrastructure for information and commerce--has transformed our way of life. This marvelous tool plays a critical role in the daily personal, professional, civic, and business life of Americans. Private businesses offer...
Fighting Back Helping Students with Special Needs Build Skills, Prevent Bullying
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In response to the well-publicized, sometimes tragic consequences of bullying in schools and communities across America in recent years, most states have now passed anti-bullying legislation. Many of these laws specifically...
From Back Seat to Driver: Motivational Perspectives of What One Can Achieve despite a Disability
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "MOTIVATED." "STRIVING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE." These are just a few ways people describe Wesley Brooks, a freshman at Middlesex County College and someone who will not let his disability impede...
International Foundation for Chronic Disabilities
Dr. Philip May, assistant medical director at the Hunterdon Development Center in Clinton, N.J., and his colleagues, kept noticing that bone fractures were all too common among the residents with cognitive disabilities. Was it from abuse? Neglect?...
Job Hunting in Today's World
Are you looking for a job? Where do you begin? What opportunities are available for you? What support systems will you have? What expenses might you have if you get a job? How will earning an income affect government benefits you may be receiving?...
Migrant Farm Workers and Their Children
In 2005, the number of international migrants was between 185 million and 192 million individuals. Almost all countries are affected by migration, whether as sending, in transit or as a receiving country. "International migration has become an intrinsic...
Obtaining Confidence: Why Do Some Kids Find It So Hard to Find, and Even Harder to Sustain?
A parent wrote me that she is finally asking for help after trying unsuccessfully to train her 6-year-old developmentally delayed child to "take it on the chin." After I closed my dropped mouth and got my brain back in gear, I responded by telling...
Planning When Both the Parent and Child Need Help
Most adult children do not live with their parents. Many adult children with special needs do. K. Charlie Lakin of the University of Minnesota estimates that there are over 750,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in a...
Supporting Adoption
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Adoption Basics When a family is created or expanded by adoption, it is a time for joy and celebration. Whether the means is an intercountry adoption, a domestic infant adoption through a private attorney or group, or a...
Surgery: Can This Be a Cure for Epilepsy? Part Two
In the first installment of this series (EP Magazine, May 2010), we discussed epilepsy surgery performed in persons whose areas of brain abnormality were initially deemed to be too extensive to safely perform a resection of the involved area. This...
Takotsubo Syndrome
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In his 87th year, the artist Michelangelo (1475-1564) is believed to have said, "Ancora imparo"--"I am still learning." Hence, the name for my monthly observations and comments.--Rick Rader, MD, Editor-in-Chief, EP Magazine...
Traumatic Brain Injury: Technologies to Support Memory and Cognition
The following article is the seventh of a multi-part series on traumatic brain injury (TBI). Historically, TBI has received very limited national public policy attention and support. However since it has become the signature injury of the military...
What Is Your Island? Visit It Often
Being part of a military family and having a special needs child can be exhausting. Multiple moves are in your future, hoping for quality services for your child at the next installation, and praying that your health benefits will only improve and...