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. 39, No. 12, December

Activities of Daily Living and Social Skills: Beyond Dressing and Feeding!
Dear Readers, I get a lot of inquiries about how to encourage children to be "neater" about their appearance. That got me thinking about the whole package of "daily life activities," and the role of social skills in the self-care picture. I hope...
A "One Kid at a Time" Church: EP Recognizes That Faith, Religion, and Spirituality Can Be as Important a Consideration and as Integral a Facet in the Lives of Exceptional Families as Healthcare, Education, and the Myriad of Other Topics That Touch and Involve EP Readers. This Article Presents Installment Nine in This Multi-Part Series
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One might think a large church would organize Sabbath morning "classes" for children with special needs, staff them with volunteer professionals trained in working with the children, and sit back and enjoy being large enough...
A Silent Angel's Story
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In November 2008, while my husband Alan was fighting the war in Afghanistan, my daughter Riley Renee and I were fighting our own war back here at home. But let me back up a few months to the beginning. I had known for a while...
Celebrating Inclusivity at the Preschool Level: Early Intervention Success at St. Louis's Childgarden Child Care Center
Like any other parent, Alexis Duncan has always had high hopes for her daughter Ellie, always expected her to be ahead of the curve. That expectation began to change when her first-born was just 5 months old. Ellie lagged behind in her gross motor...
Community Living and Housing Options for Adults with Disabilities
Data indicates that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) are increasingly receiving community based services in lieu of institutionalization. The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota...
Comorbidities and Secondary Conditions
Comorbidity and secondary conditions in adults with intellectual and other disabilities can affect significantly the health provider's decisions for clinical management of a patient. While comorbidity conditions may frequently be considered by practitioners...
Developmental Planning: An Introduction for Parents
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Map and Compass Needed... There is so much to learn and carefully consider during the first years of having an exceptional child. The amount of information to digest and decisions to be made are often overwhelming. What...
Early Intervention for Army Families
By Robin McWilliam, Ph.D. Director, Siskin Center for Child and Family Research, Siskin Children's Institute With her husband stationed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Ntombi Henderson was left alone to care for their 9-month-old baby, Boi. As...
Happy Birthday Diva Thin Muffin
There is this strange group called FAMEBaby that is dedicated to the offspring of celebrities. One of their major contributions is their yearly pick of the ten oddest names for celebrity babies. Most recently they came up with the following: 10....
Keeping Marriages Strong in Challenging Times: "The Four C's and an A:" Commitment, Communication, Compassion, Connection, and Acceptance. Let's Explore These Concepts in Depth
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT MAKES A STRONG MARRIAGE, ANYWAY ...? We all want a great marriage. Yet, we know the grim statistics regarding the survival of marriages in the US. About 52% end in divorce within the first 10 years. Worse yet for second...
Marriage Rights of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I remember when my daughter was first born, I [...] cried my eyes out over thinking that she would never get married or have children. Well, time allows us to learn new things. People with disabilities get married and have...
Setting the Standard for Autism Treatments: National Autism Center Releases Groundbreaking Report
In the United States and throughout the world, our understanding of autism and other related disorders continues to evolve. Parents, educators, and health professionals today benefit from significant advancements in both the diagnosis and treatment...
Survival Guide for Families: Meeting the Special Needs of Children with Autism and Their Typically Developing Siblings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like siblings everywhere, children in active duty military families learn to share their parents' attention and affection with their brothers and sisters. When one parent is absent due to deployment or other circumstances,...
Talk to Cure
At first glance, Talk to Cure may look very similar to many of your favorite websites and forums. But upon further inspection, it is clear that this site is anything but ordinary. Founders Zachary Katz and Jerel Chacko are changing the way medical...
Teaching Kids with Learning Disabilities to Take Public Transit
Taking public transit can make anyone nervous, especially in a large or medium-sized city where there are many different bus lines going many different places. My daughter Anna has multiple learning disabilities and may never learn to drive, but she...
That First Step's a Doozy: Parenting from a Stepparent Perspective
Sometimes your life unfolds in front of you in mysterious ways when you're not even trying. I think becoming a stepparent is like that, or at least it was for me. I hadn't even really set out to have children, but one day I was standing with one foot...
The Quickest Way to Ensure Your Life Care Plan's Success: Share It with Others Who Matter
Figuratively speaking, you could get yourself into a similarly messy lather if you develop a life care plan and fail to let other key individuals know about it. However, when you tell people about the steps you've taken, you can help preserve the benefits...
Travel Advice for Higher Functioning Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While travel training on local mass transit makes intuitive sense, the thought of larger scale travel training does not occur to most people. What possible benefit could be gained from long distance or more involved traveling...
Voices of Disability in Nursing: Like Missing an Arm Should Stop Me from Being a Nurse!
The following article and postscript were reprinted with permission from the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND). NOND is an open membership, cross-disability, professional organization that works to promote equity for people with...
What Can a Special Needs Trust Pay For?
The purpose of a special needs trust is to supplement, but not to endanger, the public benefits for which the beneficiary may be eligible. Maintaining eligibility for means-tested government benefits like SSI and Medicaid is never easy because program...
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