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. 32, No. 12, December

A Legless Report Gives Birth to a New Academy. (Editor's Desk)
In February of 2002, Surgeon General David Satcher released his Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Health Disparities and Mental Retardation. In the foreword to his report, Dr. Satcher states, "It became apparent that, as our system of care...
A Parents Determination and a Pre-K Dream Realized
"It's probably Cerebral Palsy," said the Early Intervention therapist. Rachel was only four months old during this initial evaluation. She couldn't hold her head up, roll over, sit-up, or crawl. She couldn't even lift her arms or legs. She had no eye...
A Pediatrician's Treatment for Her Daughter: Part 2
In the November 2002 issue of EP, Dr. Feingold talked about her five children. Elisa is her second child and was born with a neurological disorder that caused significant developmental delays. Despite the multiple therapies she received, Elisa's condition...
Back toward Normal: How Our Family Recovered after Alison Was Born. (Family & Community)
I'll guarantee that every parent, at some point between the thrill of conception and the anxiety of the delivery room, has experienced the same fear: What if something is wrong with my baby? Most of us like to think we would do anything, make any...
Child Neurologists Honor International Rett Syndrome Association. (What's Happening)
The First annual Patient Advocate Award of Merit has been awarded to the International Rett Syndrome Association (IRSA) by the Child Neurology Foundation. Kathy Hunter IRSA's President received the honor for outstanding public leadership among patient...
Early Intervention Services: A Family-Professional Partnership. (Family & Community)
"Your child may experience developmental delays." The shock of hearing that prognosis from the neonatologist or pediatrician is numbing. Some parents receive this news at the birth of their child, along with a diagnosis. Some notice milestones are...
Families Tell Us: What Makes Families Strong. (Family & Community)
Beginning in the late 1980s, a new emphasis began to appear in research about the families of children with disabilities. This new perspective focused on how families succeed and used words like strengths, coping, resilience and empowerment. What...
Family Dynamics: In the Treatment of Tourette Syndrome. (Family & Community)
While there have been great scientific advances made in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome (TS), including better medications that target the most debilitating symptoms, many children suffering from this disorder must still deal with the daily onslaught...
Festive Holiday: Protective Undergarments. (Fashion Corner)
Children with disabilities need security when wearing undergarments, and they do not want to feel like they have a diaper on. They want to be able to wear what all the other kids are wearing. Most parents want convenience when a child needs changing....
For Further Reading ... (Further Reading)
For Adults... We're the People, Too: Tales from America's Largest Minority BY WALT DUDLEY ITRICH **** EP Library Code: CP0266GN EP Library Price: $16.95 Since 1994 Itrich has been in contact with the people whose stories are told in this book....
My Favorite Cousin. (Children's Page)
Gabrielle Nicole Statltare is my cousin, my favorite cousin. She has brown curly hair, beautiful brown eyes and a smile that makes me happy. She laughs at silly things and cries when she is sad. She has a little sister named Victoria. Gabi is her nickname...
Not Just Loving Pets: Dogs Improve Quality of Life. (Family & Community)(Cover Story)
All a dog truly knows is love. Spend time with one. Look into their eyes. The love encompasses. They live for their people, would do anything to protect their loved ones and never ask for anything in return. They just love. Assistance dogs, those...
Oral Sensitivity, Dental Health, and Prevention. (AAMR)
Oral Health-An important part of any regimen To a person with disabilities, oral healthcare may cause pain rather than a sense of well being. Instead of the normal sensation of tooth brushing, these stimuli may feel like burning, cold, searing pain,...
Rise in Autism Attracting Attention. (in Depth)
In an attempt to explain the extreme increase in childhood autism in California in the past decade, a study from the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California-Davis has discounted changing diagnostic criteria and other statistical incongruities...
Signing for Success. (Family & Community)
For most parents, your child's first word is an extremely joyful time in your life. He is finally changing from a baby into a little person, who is capable of expressing his wants and needs, and later his thoughts and feelings. But if your child has...
The Valley Hospital: For More Than 50 Years, since Its Doors Opened in August 1951, the Valley Hospital Has Been at the Forefront of Providing Quality and State-of-the-Art Healthcare. This Includes Providing Innovative, High-Caliber, Specialized Services to Children with Special Needs and Their Families. (Health Institution of the Month)
ABOUT THE VALLEY HOSPITAL The Valley Hospital is a fully accredited, acute care, not-for-profit community hospital serving more than 300,000 people in Bergen County, New Jersey and adjoining communities. Its current licensed capacity is 451 beds....
This Holiday Season's Best Buy: Optimism: Raising a Child with Challenging Behaviors Is Stressful for Parents. Research Suggests That an Optimistic Outlook on Life Buffers This Stress. (Research Reflections)
HOW does one acquire "optimism?" When I was a little girl, my grandfather used to say: "Half the things you worry about never happen." My response always was, "But what about the other half?" Was he the optimist and I the pessimist? It's not that simple....
United Brachial Plexus Network, Inc. (Organizational Spotlight)
When Kim West gave birth to her 10 pound, one ounce baby girl in 1998, she was stunned to see that her daughter had no movement in her right arm. Attending doctors told Kim her child had a brachial plexus injury commonly known as "Erb's Palsy." ...
Wraparound Mental Health Services: Questions and Answers
While this article was written primarily for Pennsylvania residents, wraparound services are available in many states. Contact your state department of mental health for information in your area. WHAT ARE WRAPAROUND SERVICES? The term wraparound...
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