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. 38, No. 6, June

101 Accessible Vacations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Parents of children with special needs, as well as adults with physical challenges, are all too familiar with the difficulties of planning a vacation in a world that caters to people without disabilities. Thanks to Candy Harrington,...
Absolute Discretion: Understanding the Trustee Provisions in Your Child's Special Needs Trust
You've researched the importance of setting up a Special Needs Trust to help your child after both you and your spouse have passed away. You've carefully chosen a knowledgeable, experienced special needs attorney to draft the trust, one who is familiar...
A Collaborative Effort Allows People with Disabilities to Experience the Joy of Horseback Riding: This Is a Story about Children with Special Needs Whose Exceptional Parents Had the Courage and Faith to Look beyond Their Child's Physical Disability. Their Vision Granted Them Opportunities in a Therapeutic Riding Program, Which Previously Would Not Have Included Individuals with Such Severe Disabilities
On a Saturday evening in November 2005, three young women with cognitive and severe physical disabilities had the opportunity to horseback ride with their friends and to do so without a back rider. Halle (a high school junior), Carly (a fourth grader)...
Adaptive Aquatics Splash: Fort Belvoir Makes Swimming a Source of Fun and Therapy
Independence and confidence are two words often used at Fort Belvoir U.S. Army installation in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, during its Adaptive Aquatics Swimming Class. The home for these classes is the Benyuard Indoor Pool. Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.,...
Additional Considerations for a Military Installation Aquatic Program
In addition to the items mentioned above, a military installation could have other types of considerations that need to be taken into account when planning an aquatic program: 1. Is there an installation pool? Is the pool indoors or outdoors? The...
American Special Children's Pilgrimage Group
The American Special Children's Pilgrimage Group (ASCPG) was founded in 1995, under the philosophical umbrella of the England-based Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT), the organization that began this special kind of group pilgrimage in the 1950s. Each year,...
An Interview with Marilyn Hamilton
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After a 1978 hang gliding accident resulted in paraplegia, Marilyn Hamilton went on to accomplish more successes and accomplishments than most individuals could ever consider in a lifetime. Not satisfied with the wheelchair...
Assisted Cycling Tours: A Colorado-Based Non-Profit Offers the Joy of Cycling through Fully Supported Tours for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families
As far back as 2001, when his son David was just 11 years old, Bob Matter began dreaming of a project, an organization, that he and David could found and operate together when David reached young adulthood. Today, David, a young man with autism who...
A Water Workout Is Fun! Give It a Try! in This 12-Part Series, EP Explores the Benefits of Aquatics Therapy and Recreation for People with Special Needs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When a family faces the particular challenge of a debilitating illness, disorder, or other disability that is affecting a child, life becomes complicated. Suddenly the need for medications and therapies takes center stage,...
Ballerina Dreams
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ballerina Dreams By Lauren Thompson Book publisher Jean Feiwel was reading The New York Times in the spring of 2006 when a headline--"Given Chance to Be Ballerinas, and Smiling Down to Their Toes"--caught her attention....
Children with Special Needs Are VIPs at Sesame Place
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For more than 20 years, Sesame Place, the nation's only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television program, Sesame Street, has opened its gates to children with disabilities and their immediate families as a...
Equality of Fitness Centers: Are All Fitness Centers Created Equal?
Ten years ago, I began working in the fitness profession as a personal trainer. At that time, I thought all fitness centers were equal. I have seen many fitness centers open and close in my area, most offering a wide range of fitness themes to attract...
Everyone Is a Winner
If you happen to be in the vicinity of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) on the first Friday of May, you will see a sea of yellow school buses dispersing their riders. You will also see wheelchairs, respirators, and caregivers making their...
Feeding & Motor Functioning: Start at the Hips to Get to the Lips
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A PARENT'S PERSPECTIVE Our miracle son, JohnMichael, was a 26-week preemie who only weighed 11 ounces at birth. He stayed seven months in the hospital after birth, with many intestinal issues and surgeries. He came home...
Giving All Kids a "Voice" on the Playground
This article presents installment one of a three-part series that will feature the importance of play for children of all abilities. EP is pleased to partner with the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) for this series....
Healthcare on Two Home Fronts: Mother of Twin Daughters with Autism Is Hospital Corpsman Treating Iraqi Women and Children
EP INTERVIEWED HOSPITAL CORPSMAN FIRST CLASS JENNIFER KNUTH BY TELEPHONE IN MID-MARCH, DURING HER DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ. INFORMATION SHE SHARED DURING THAT INTERVIEW AND IN SUBSEQUENT TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS SINCE SHE RETURNED HOME TO THE UNITED STATES...
Homeless Children with Disabilities: "On Any Given Day, at Least 800,000 Americans, Including about 200,000 Children, Find Themselves without a Home. (1)"
Numbers and Proportions When we think about the homeless, all too often we tend to imagine adults living in abject poverty at some soup kitchen or shuffling between makeshift street locations under a roadway overpass and some municipal or voluntary...
In Lourdes, Our Lady Lets Us Know We Are Whole
There is a mystery to faith, which is what makes the experience of it so profound. For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible. --Introduction to the film, The...
Living with a Disability
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...
One Family's Journey: Medical Home and the Network of Supports It Offers Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs: The Journey to Adulthood
In this nine installment Medical Home series, EP has presented a case study about the American Academy of Pediatrics' Medical Home Initiative. A "Medical Home" is not a building. It is an approach to providing healthcare services to children with special...
Playing by the Rules
Playing by the Rules By Dena Fox Luchsinger Illustrated by Julie Olson "Josh kind of has his own rules," says Jody, the young fictional narrator of Playing by the Rules, just three sentences into the book. This perspective sums up what it's like,...
Resolving Disagreements between Parents and Schools: This Month's Focus: Special Education Law and Resolution Meetings
Federal special education law--from 1975's Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) through today's Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)--has always recognized that the complex process of planning and implementing...
Sixty Years of Serving Veterans: Nonprofit, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic[R], Helps Veterans Achieve Educational and Personal Success
Returning home from war without sight is a devastating reality that often sends veterans "to a dark, bad, lonely place." Those are the words of Corporal (Cpl.) Michael Jernigan, United States Marine Corps (USMC), Retired (Ret.) who served in the Marine...
Sometimes Getting There Is Half the Fun: Vacations for Exceptional Families Require Flexibility, Persistence, a Sense of Humor, and a View of the World as the Glass Being Half Full
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If "getting there is half the fun," our family has had more than our share of fun times. I've certainly learned the other half of the equation is flexibility, persistence, and a sense of humor. As a family of five with...
Sports and Veterans with Disabilities
One of the most moving photos I have ever seen was a collection of empty wheelchairs at the bottom of Colorado's ski slopes during the 2007 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (see photo at right). The picture so perfectly embodied the...
Sports Competition-Integrated or Segregated? Which Is Better for Your Child?
Selecting competitive sports opportunities for your child is a challenging process. Make the right choices and your young athlete will have many years of healthy, happy, active experiences. Make the wrong choices and your son or daughter will have,...
Starting a Swim Program: Ten Steps to Success: Would You like to Have a Swim Program in Your Community? Whether Your Needs Are Swim Lessons, Aquatic Exercise, Therapeutics, or Recreation, an Organized Swim Program Can Reap Benefits to Make the Start-Up Effort Worthwhile. Here Are Ten Steps to Establishing an Ongoing Aquatic Program
1. Determine your population's needs. Who will be the participants in the program? What are their ages, abilities, and disabilities? What are their aquatic needs and interests? The more information you have about who your participants will be and why...
Steven McDonald on Family, Friends, and Forgiveness
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness,...
Syndrome by Any Other Name
The word "syndrome" is one of those words that has slipped into our vocabulary with few realizing what exactly it means or all the implications it carries. I admit that I had never seriously thought about what all implications the use of the word carried...
The Gift of Flight
I've never been a big fan of watching the news. While I think it's important to stay current on what is happening in our world, I can't help but notice that 90 percent of what we watch on television or read in the newspapers is negative and depressing,...
Up N' Go
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Up n' Go consists of a mobility unit which is a wheeled, walking frame with a wide, U-shaped base with four casters, a suspension unit, and gas springs. The suspension unit is a carefully designed harness that is designed...
What Should You Consider in Selecting a Special Needs Attorney: Information of Interest to People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs and Them Families
Planning for the future care and financial security of a person with a disability or other special need is both a complex and critically important process. It requires the efforts of a team made up of the person's parents or caregivers and a number...
You've Been Warned: "Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health."
ANCORA IMPARO 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...

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