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. 29, No. 11, November

AAC Success Stories: Making the Rules of Commitment Work
Children who have severe speech communication disorders can significantly benefit from using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. However, the issues surrounding the selection and application of AAC systems can be complex. This...
Advocating for the Advocates
"To whom much has been given, much is expected." Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, Jr. has been given much in life yet, it could be said that much was also taken. His right leg was amputated at age 12 in 1973 and he underwent chemotherapy for a malignant...
A "Sign" of Love
I have a 6-year-old brother named Craig, and I also had a sister named Kiersten who died in 1994. She was just 2 when she died. She had a tracheostomy and required constant care. I was really sad when she died, but I have very good memories of her....
Assistive Technology and the IDEA
NEW REVISIONS MEAN A GREATER ROLE FOR TECHNOLOGY IN IEPS Although school districts have been required to provide assistive technology devices and services since 1990, in many cases assistive technology was treated as a "special area that was separate...
Breast-Feeding the Baby with Special Healthcare Needs: Cleft Lip or Palate and Cystic Fibrosis
Breast-feeding offers several benefits for the child who is born with a cleft lip or palate. It promotes proper development of the mouth and face by strengthening facial muscles. The flexibility of the breast also allows babies with a cleft lip or...
Computing the Possibilities
USING COMPUTERS AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE PLAY AND LEARNING FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Through its Compuplay program, the National Lekotek Center has a long record of demonstrating how computers and assistive technology offer the...
Familiar Faces
Nathan Jenkins, 7, loves to spend time with his little sister Dakotah, 19 months. Dakotah has Aicardi syndrome, a rare congenital disorder in which the corpus callosum has failed to develop. Dakotah has developmental delays, seizures, and is visually...
Hepatitis: Know the Facts and Prevent Hepatitis
Q Is my child at risk for hepatitis? A The close interaction in daycare centers, schools, and other facilities between children with disabilities and their peers and caregivers puts them at risk of contracting and spreading hepatitis. It is important...
Imagination Takes Flight
Columbia Medical Manufacturing Corporation With the invention of an innovative device, a scientist makes travel more accessible for people with disabilities. As a scientist for NASA geophysical studies, Michael Caan's work allowed him to learn...
In Loving Memory JESSICA BACCUS
On Friday, September 10, I learned that Jessica Baccus, age 24, had quite unexpectedly passed away in her sleep. Jessica was the daughter of Tricia and Calvin Luker, and Craig Baccus. She and her parents, together with her two sisters, Larissa and...
Low-Tech Solutions for Playtime Fun
Play ... it's what kids do ... and it's as important to growth and development as eating and sleeping. Through play, a child develops basic motor skills, creativity, social skills, communication, self-concept and the foundation for learning. But what...
Making Learning Accessible
THE NATIONAL CENTER ON ACCESSING THE GENERAL CURRICULUM FOCUSES JOINT EFFORTS ON IMPLEMENTING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION For children with disabilities receiving a public education today, gaining full access to the general education curriculum is a critical...
National Family Caregivers Association
Improving the Lives of Americas Family Caregivers If you are the parent of a child with special needs, you are also likely to be a family caregiver. Care-giving comes on top of the everyday responsibilities of being a parent, or a spouse, a sibling,...
New Products
WEE CARE[TM] PACIFIER HOLDER BEARS Wee Care Pacifier Holder Bears are machine-washable stuffed animals with built-in pacifier holders designed for use by infants and young children with upper extremity and fine motor disabilities. The Barry and...
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Trevor disease We are the parents of a 2 1/2-year-old son, who has been tentatively diagnosed with Trevor disease. (Also known as dysplasia epiphysealis hemimelica, it affects bones and joints, and is characterized by overgrowth in the cartilage...
Take Charge of Your Child's Medical Care
Computer Software Can Help SOFTWARE PROGRAMS THAT TRACK MEDICAL CARE CAN BE A TREMENDOUS BOON TO PARENTS WHO NEED TO MANAGE A MAZE OF DOCTORS, SPECIALISTS, PRESCRIPTIONS, AND TESTS. THIS TYPE OF SOFTWARE IS EASY ENOUGH TO LEARN AND MAINTAIN THAT...
TECHNOLOGY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: ABLEDATA Has the Information Parents Need
Children with disabilities face many challenges in accomplishing the tasks most people take for granted--eating, dressing, communicating, playing, and learning. For parents, the task of finding the information needed is a daunting one. They may ask:...
The Match
Everyone benefits when parents find a connection rent The one-to-one relationship that develops through Parent to Parent matches offers unique, individualized, flexible, and readily accessible emotional and informational support that is shared,...
What's Happening
AFA's 2000 Guide to Adoption Adoptive Families of America (AFA) has just published their 2000 Guide to Adoption. The guide contains over 100 pages of helpful information and has details on over 500 adoption agencies' programs, questions that prospective...
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