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. 30, No. 10, October

Achieving Freedom and Independence with Vantage Mobility International
EP recognizes corporations that support the disability community, provide employment opportunities for and feature people with disabilities in their advertisements. Imagine having your greatest dream--receiving a much-needed gift you cannot afford--come...
Answers to Parent Questions about ADD/ADHD
In 1987, few people knew about, much less understood, attention deficit disorder (also known as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or ADD/ADHD). That was the year that a group of parents in Florida with children with ADD/ADHD started a support...
A Time for Thanks and Reflection
It seems almost unbelievable, but Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays are just around the corner once again. I always think of Thanksgiving as a time for reflection. Those of us at EP certainly have a lot to be thankful for, the most important of...
Choosing Toys for a Child with Autism
When my son was 11 months old, he went to his first birthday party. The birthday boy received a truck, a sing-along video tape, a learn-to-dress doll, and a ball. He was extremely excited about all of his toys, going from one to the other, squealing...
Ep's Toys 2000
Toys and games attract children on many levels; they are drawn to toys when they can merely see or grasp them. The pleasure children experience when they are engaged in playing helps them learn and explore the world around them. It contributes to physical,...
Familiar Faces
CILENTO FAMILY A happy family! From left to right, Joseph Cilento, holding Stephanie, 6; next to them are Joseph Jr., 4, Anoula, 6 months, and Dimitra. Stephanie has severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy with a seizure disorder. She experienced oxygen...
FAMILY OPPORTUNITY ACT: Hot Issue on Capitol Hill
The Family Opportunity Act of 2000 (FOA) was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) on March 22. Since then it has grabbed the interest and support of both advocates and members of Congress. As this article...
First, I Want to Be A Mom
Our Role Model for October is Denise Sherer Jacobson. Denise and her husband Neil refused to allow a disability stop them from fulfilling their dream of parenthood. Both Denise and Neil have cerebral palsy and were not encouraged to pursue a "family...
INCONTINENCE: Toilet Training a Child with Special Needs
Parents often find that toilet training their child can be a frustrating process. Some children may toilet train quickly and easily, but for many children it can take time. If a child has special needs, it can be even more difficult. Parents know that...
Instant S&R
S Any good schools? My 12-year-old daughter has ADD (attention-deficit disorder) and a learning disability. We are struggling with finding the right medication and dosage, frustration in schoolwork, and everything else that goes along with this....
Newborn Screening and Parent Support Groups
Could it have been different? We will always wonder if life would have been different had newborn screening been available 11 years ago when my daughter Melissa was born with propionic acidemia (PA). Melissa was born on November 11, 1998, with an acute...
New Products
LEVO KID This stand-up wheelchair is intended for children over 18 months. Propelled like a standard manual wheelchair, this product allows the user to stand up with a touch of a button. The seat depth and arm-rest height are adjustable. The chair...
One Great Kid!
Some people don't understand my 14-year-old sister Lee, who has Down syndrome. They think she's weird. Their first reaction to her is, "What's the matter with her?" I know this, even if they don't say it aloud. Many people think Lee should go to...
Parents as Partners in the Medical Home, Part 2 Choosing a Pediatrician
Not all physicians are prepared to treat all children who have complex chronic physical and health problems. Some healthcare providers are reluctant to work with these children because they lack knowledge and experience. Others are concerned about...
Search & Respond
S Power chair A power wheelchair has been recommended for my 3-year-old son who has cerebral palsy. He has high muscle tone in his legs and arms, which affects his ability to walk and limits his fine motor skills and how well he maneuvers a joystick....
Serving the Family from Birth to the Medical Home
Newborn Screening: A Blueprint for the Future Executive Summary: Newborn Screening Task Force Report A Report From the Newborn Screening Task Force Convened in Washington, DC, May 10-11, 1999. SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: Health Resources...
The Cystinosis Foundation
* The Cystinosis Foundation The Cystinosis Foundation (CF) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to anyone dealing with cystinosis. Via a multifaceted net-work of supports, including both local and national...
The Power of Play
Play takes place at school, in parks, at daycare sites, in early intervention programs, in therapy sessions, and especially at home. Toys help with the real work of stretching muscles, improving coordinated reaching, and learning to read. For any...
The Presidential Candidates Speak Out
Each election year, EP invites the Presidential candidates to discuss their positions on issues that affect people with disabilities and their families. The platforms of Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush are presented below....
The Witching Hour
Inexpensive, Creative Adaptive Halloween Costumes As we do each year, EP has asked readers to share their answers to that age-old question, "What are you going to be for Halloween?" This year's submissions feature costumes that consider cost, safety,...
What If They Gave an Election on November 7, 2000 and Everybody Came?
What if every single family member of the 12.6 million children in this country with special healthcare needs voted? What if each of us contacted our own state legislators, our U.S. Senators and Representatives to tell them our stories? What if we...
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