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. 7, July

An Unacceptable Risk
Linda(*) thought her 4-year-old daughter, Joy(*), who has developmental delay, was safe in a trusted relative's home for the weekend. When she returned, however, she found her little girl walking "funny" and pointing between her legs. Thinking she...
Computer Technology Can Empower Students with Learning Disabilities
Mason Barney was classified as a "gifted" student, so why was he failing math? When his parents met with his third-grade teacher to review his tests, they discovered something unusual. "Although Mason was only answering half the questions, he was getting...
Dental Care for People with Disabilities: Prospects & Problems
More children are unable to get dental care than any other health service--and that applies to children of all ages, races, and ethnicities. Children in low-income families, families without health insurance, and children in fair or poor health experience...
Easter Seals Creating Solutions, Changing Lives
Who are we? For more than 81 years, Easter Seals, a nationwide, nonprofit organization established to help children and adults with disabilities live more independent lives, has been putting hope within reach for millions of people with disabilities...
Everybody in the Pool!
"Teen Team" adapted aquatics program gets young people with disabilities into the swim of things! Teens with disabilities are churning with untapped energy. They revel in an environment that challenges and builds their abilities. Through the Teen...
Familiar Faces
DEAN Dean Christopher Johnson, 3, gets hugs from mom, Traci, and dad, Chris. Dean suffered a traumatic brain injury last year when he was hit by a car. He is unable to walk, talk, or do most of the things he used to do. He loves music and his favorite...
Good Things Come in SMALL Packages
It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In Carolyn's eyes, everything is beautiful. She is always so happy that beauty seems to generate into the hearts of everyone around her. Carolyn Dadd, 15, has moyamoya disease (see Editor's Note)....
Growing Pains
One family deals with the realities of puberty I felt like a television mother out of the 1950s. The only thing missing was the shirt waist dress and a crinoline. "Your son had an adult magazine magazine in his underwear drawer," I tattled to...
Instant S&R
S Accessible bathroom We are in the process of designing an accessible bathroom for our 7-year-old son who has multiple severe disabilities. Since our son is completely dependent for care, the bathroom we want to build needs to be tailored for the...
Legislative Update
New autism legislation pending Chris Smith (R4), a congressman from New Jersey, is sponsoring legislation in Congress that if passed will provide funds to gather and compile national autism statistics. According to Carla Israel, family outreach...
Lessons from the Front Lines
EP Hall of Famer has led the fight for good educational programs for all children with special needs and their parents. Martha Ziegler, the founder of the Federation for Children With Special Needs, recently shared with EP her experiences in searching...
Medical Researcher Update
SEDATION FOR CHILDREN NO LONGER NECESSARY WITH NEW, ULTRAFAST CT TECHNOLOGY In order to keep children still during a computed tomography (CT) scan, sedation is often necessary. (A CT scan is a method of taking pictures of the inside of the body...
Passing the Test
College Students with Disabilities Talk About Making Successful Transitions to Life on Campus EP had the privilege and pleasure of speaking with a group of students with disabilities who are matriculating (or graduated this spring) at Ramapo College...
Reward Systems Made Simple
One parent describes easy steps for managing behavior problems in a child with special needs As parents of challenging children, we are all confronted with difficult behavior now and then. At some point or another many of us are advised to use behavior-management...
Search & Respond
S Car seat My 2-year-old son has spinal muscular atrophy and severe hypotonia (low tone). He is getting too long for a rear-facing convertible car seat. The car seat we have will work if we turn it around but we are concerned about neck and head...
Seeing beyond the Disability
In April 1995, while on vacation, Palmer Harston, her sister Taylor, and her mother Julie were in a serious car accident. Taylor and Julie were both seriously injured, and Palmer suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury. As a result, Palmer's legs are...
Sleep-Disordered Breathing Causes and Treatments
Problems with breathing during sleep might be the culprit behind many difficulties experienced by children with special needs. From causing behavior problems and failure to thrive to high blood pressure, sleep-disordered breathing can turn bedtime...
SPECIAL OLYMPICS Motor Awareness, Mobility, and Dexterity Exercises
Some easy movements, and excercises can help build and improve motor awareness, mobility, and dexterity. These exercises can be performed independently, or if necessary, with assistance. Motor awareness activities can enable individuals to learn...
Special Thoughts
A special parent shares what she has learned I am a special parent. This is because I have a child with special needs. His name is Joshua and he was born on September 10, 1993. He has curly red hair and brown eyes. tie has a passion for music, loves...
Tech for TOTS[TM]: Assistive Technology for Infants and Young Children
Assistive technology (AT) plays a key role in enabling infants and young children to develop the skills they need to learn and grow. However, getting an assessment and funding source to pay for necessary equipment can sometimes be a major barrier....
THE ARTIST as a Young Man
Brian Rusconi has always had a special gift, for art. When he was a young child he would watch his grandmother paint at her easel, and eventually he started painting. At the age of seven, with no formal training, he won his first award for a watercolor...
The Great Divide: Adolescence
Adolescence is a time of great transformation in a child. Parents have long recognized how the biological changes of puberty affect the body in ways that represent more than just the next physical phase. The special problems of identity that come into...
The Transition Journey
Useful tips to navigate the process and end up at a great destination Based on experience of what has worked, transition from secondary school can be looked at not as an end in itself, but as a process that depends heavily on communication and cooperation...