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. 41, No. 8, August

Chronic Disability, Major Life Events, and Aging
This column has a simple purpose but a difficult goal--discuss issues that affect the lives, well-being, and state of mind of those who must live and cope with a disability and do so in a humorous way. Not an easy thing to do, since there is certainly...
Cycles of Conversation: The Role of Social Skills Groups with Young Children
"Talk to me: Practicing the art of conversation-what preschool experts call "cycles of conversation" is another goal for the year. Taking turns to talk is about a growing sense of respect for others, an important piece of the school-preparation puzzle....
Depression
War is traumatic, not only in terms of physical injuries but psychological ones as well. The veterans presently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced hand-to-hand combat, blast injuries, traumatic brain injury, etc. In addition, they...
Disabilities Are Not Confined to Our Shores-They Are a Worldwide Issue
"Positive attitudes toward people with disabilities are more characteristic of developed 'modern' countries, less so in developing countries." (1) OVERVIEW The effects of disabilities on individuals impact on hundreds of millions of families...
Effective Advocacy for Military Families
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit with a few women who either have children enrolled in EFMP or they are enrolled themselves. We all were presented with an opportunity to discuss any issues we felt needed to be addressed, such as, receiving...
Everyone Needs Regular Dental Care, but What If You Can't Get to the Dentist?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jeane Christian was in pain and having trouble eating. Fortunately for her, the staff at Sunrise of San Mateo Assisted Living Community had begun to notice that she was attempting to chew all of her food on one side of her...
Going ... Going ... Gone
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 For those of you who...
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury
I am one of the Principal Investigators on the National Brain Injury Rescue & Rehabilitation (NBIRR) project. The results of this project will forever change the way brain injury is treated. So far, we have focused our attention on veterans coming...
Information about Psychological Assessments
My son's teacher has recommended a psychological evaluation for our son who is in 8th grade and has been receiving special services since preschool. His diagnosis is Asperger syndrome. He has undergone several assessments and evaluations since his...
Newborn Screening: A Crucial First Step
Newborn screening is a public health service that identifies babies with certain genetic conditions soon after birth so they can be connected to a system of treatments, services, and support that greatly improves their health outcomes. The more than...
Part One: Infantile Spasms: The New Consensus
Introduction: Infantile spasms (IS, West syndrome) represent a difficult to treat and sometimes not immediately recognized form of epilepsy which is relatively rare. Recently, a group of pediatric experts were brought together to examine the current...
Planning for Those with Severe Mental Illness
Readers of EP are familiar with an eclectic mix of articles helpful to families coping with the limitless issues that disability and special needs challenges push into our lives. Yet I have seen little information addressing a topic that consumes half...
Safe Haven West Side Basketball League
"Be patient with each child's development. Encourage them to do their best. Sit back, and be amazed." It was almost a dozen years ago that the A speaker of those sage words, "Coach Ken" McGrory, approached Eileen Paley, a long-time educator based...
Sexuality and Traumatic Brain Injury
The following article is the tenth in a multi-part series on traumatic brain injury (TBI). This series is published by the Traumatic Brain Injury-Resource Optimization Center (TBI-ROC) and its Advisory Group, which is facilitated by JBS International,...
Status Update: Life Events Can Affect TRICARE
There's one constant in military life: change. But here's another constant: during these life changes, TRICARE can change, too. Sometimes status changes can affect your participation in the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) program. What's happening?...
Strategies for Couples: What to Consider When Both Persons Have Special Needs
Information of interest to people with disabilities and other special needs and their families. When two individuals with special needs live together as a couple, what kind of financial strategy should they have? Should it include measures not found...
TCL 200 Digital Alarm Clock
The TCL 200 Digital Alarm Clock is a flashing, voice output digital alarm clock with a vibrating signal and amplified alarm, and it is a visual and vibrating telephone signal indicator. It is designed for use by people who are blind, deaf, hard of...
The HALI Project
The journey began with one simple line, "Your child has developmental delays." There have been many other diagnoses, both before and after, but these were the words that confirmed that we were beginning a journey quite different from anything we had...
The Impact of the ADA, 21 Years Later: June 26 Marks the Anniversary of the ADA'S Passage
For most people, their major concern when running errands or shopping is whether they can fit all they need to do into the time available. For people with disabilities, however, particularly for those who have physical disabilities, their major concern...
VA Awards 14 Major Technology Contracts: Setting the Stage for Long-Term IT Solutions to Serve Veterans
Fourteen major contracts to transform information technology in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were recently awarded for an estimated program ceiling of $12 billion. The Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology program, known as T4, will...
WWW.Brightbeacon.Org
www.Brightbeacon.org has been busy over the past month. We are continuing to bring families with children facing medical challenges together to share and support one another through their journeys. Below you will find the beginning of a group of parents...
You Say "Tomato" ... and I Use a Communicator
Humans communicate with each other in many ways. "We certainly aren't limited to vocal communication," Special Needs Specialist Michelle Mathias points out. "Remember how you felt the last time you saw someone roll their eyes at you? It probably hurt...
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