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. 5, May

Citizen Circle K: Corporate Commitment to People with Disabilities. (Transitioning)
In the 1950s, America witnessed a phenomenon that it had not seen before in retail marketing--the advent of convenience stores. At first, these stores were open from early morning until just before midnight. They reflected the public's growing desire...
EP Library: The Special Needs Bookstore. ("over a Quarter Century of Caring")
PARENTING THE ANGRY CHILD Regaining Control When Your Child is Out of Control TIM MURPHY, PH.D. Anger can be a normal response to frustration or disappointment, but for some children it is an ingrained behavior that caused them and those...
Gynecological and Reproductive Healthcare for Women with Special Needs. (Transitioning)
Over the past decade I have collaborated with Joni Fritz, former director of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), in researching the gynecological and reproductive healthcare of adolescent and adult women with developmental...
Hooray for Hollywood ...: New Feature Film Pumpkin Confronts Sexuality and Developmental Disability. (Research Reflections)
It's about time the young man with a developmental disability gets the girl! So it plays, as the new feature film Pumpkin (United Artists) inadvertently advances a research and policy agenda. Pumpkin, which was featured at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival,...
Liberty Motors: Liberty Motor Company Provides Affordable, Reliable and Safe Transportation Alternatives. (Special Advertising Section)
The Liberty Motor Company is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities, by providing affordable, reliable and safe transportation for individuals with mobility impairments that require the use of a wheelchair or scooter, across...
National Disability Sports Alliance. (Organizational Spotlight)
Sports For All For more than 25 years, the National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) has been providing individuals with physical disabilities opportunities to participate in competitive sports, as well as recreation and fitness activities. Historically,...
National Sports Festival for the Disabled Slated for June. (What's Happening)
O The National Sports Festival for the Disabled, the nation's biggest event for athletes with physical disabilities, will take place June 24-July 1, 2002, in New London, CT, bringing together several hundred athletes with disabilities from approximately...
Orthodontic Care for the Person with Special Needs: An Overview
At first consideration, orthodontic care for the child or adolescent with special needs may appear to be superfluous in light of all the other parameters governing such an individual's daily existence. After all, dally lifestyle maintenance issues...
Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) for Young Adults: Meeting Behavioral Challenges in Community-Based Settings. (Transitioning)
In greater numbers than ever before, young adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors are graduating from high school alongside their peers. Most would agree that the similarities are remarkable--a new generation of self-confident...
"Reel Life". (Parents Perspective)
I see Sean Penn has turned in an Oscar-caliber performance in his new movie I Am Sam. I had predicted his nomination just from its one-sentence synopsis in the local paper: "Mentally challenged father fights to retain custody of his daughter." A number...
Something for Everyone: The WCD Conference Program
The third annual World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (WCD), produced by H.A. Bruno, LLC, will feature over 150 multi-disciplinary educational sessions developed by the EP Foundation for Education, Inc., a 501(C) 3 not-for profit organization,...
The Surgeon General Focuses the Nation on Health and Mental Retardation. (Surgeon General Special Report)
When Surgeon General David Satcher called for a national conference on health and mental retardation (MR), he made it clear that he wanted to bring together "experts, and especially parents ... and persons with mental retardation ... to talk about...
Understanding Transition Services: A Parent's Guide to Legal Standards and Effective Practices. (Transitioning)
Federal and state laws mandate transition service planning for students with special needs who are 16 years of age. Transition services are systematic, purposeful actions that are specified in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to prepare and support...
Universal Newborn Screening
In 1961, Dr. Robert Guthrie of the University of Buffalo developed a laboratory test to detect phenylketonuria (PKU) in newborns. PKU is an inherited metabolic disorder resulting from an enzyme deficiency; if left untreated, it results in profound...
Update on the Treatment of Childhood Movement Disorders. (Special Report)
The variety and complexity of childhood movement disorders have made accurate diagnosis and effective treatment a difficult task for pediatricians and even specialists. Fortunately, in the past few years, research in the field has given rise to new...
Vantage Mobility International. (Special Advertising Section)
Vantage Mobility International (VMI) is the world's premier manufacturer of mini and full size wheelchair accessible vans. VMI's purpose is to provide the highest quality products to enhance the lives of the physically challenged. In addition to manufacturing...
"What Happened to You?" and Other Clinical Ice Breakers. (Editor's Desk)
There's an old vaudeville routine with doctor asking his patient, "So tell me, Mr. Lawson, what brought you to my office today?" The patient replies "The number seven trolley, Doc, same as always." It probably wasn't funny even back at the Loews Brevoort....
What I Love about Sarah. (Children's Page)
I'd like to tell you about someone who isn't like most people. In her own way, she's very special. Her name is Sarah and she is my little sister. She is 9 years old and she has mental retardation and cerebral palsy. She is always happy unless she's...

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