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. 12, December

Accessible Workplaces: Providing Individual Training for Special Needs
Success beyond a paycheck Employment opportunities for workers with special needs has remained narrowly focused for many years. Community integration is only just beginning to offer the challenged employee the opportunity to look beyond the status...
Assessment, Intervention and Resources
Children who have severe speech communication disorders can significantly benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. However, the issues surrounding the selection and application of AAC systems can be complex. This three-part...
Chutes and Ladders
Raising a child with autism can be compared to playing "Chutes and Ladders." When we arrived at the New England Center for Children (NECC) on June 28, with our son Marc for the beginning of the residential placement, we felt a mixture of emotions....
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada
Since its founding in 1976, the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation has been a family organization. Samuel and Frances Belzberg started the foundation when their teenage daughter was diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder characterized...
eReader: A Technology Key for Reading Success
For children and adults with learning disabilities, low vision, and reading impairments, print-based text can be completely inaccessible. In recent years, software developers have created electronic screen readers that convert digitized text to speech,...
EXCEPTIONAL PARENT Gives MIKE UTLEY THUMBS UP!
The athlete and former pro-football star, who has a spinal cord injury, receives the EP Exceptional Person of the Year Award. Growing up in a loving family environment in Washington, Mike Utley, his two brothers and sister were raised to believe...
Familiar Faces
The Owens girls are truly mommy's little angels. Ashley, 3 1/2, enjoys looking at books, watching videos, and playing with her baby doll. Ashley, who has Down syndrome, attends therapy once a week at her local hospital. Jessica, 10, also has Down syndrome...
Gathering Together for Holiday Participation
Religious celebrations can be perfect opportunities for inclusion The decorations are up. The presents are wrapped. The aroma of traditional foods wafts through the air. Dressed in their finery, the family sits down for the holiday meal. Father...
Giving Your Child the Power of Speech
Keys to Success With Private Insurance Funding You and your child have tried every venue and your childs speech is imply not developing, or is so limited as to prevent the child from communicating daily living needs. You wonder if an electronic...
It's A Wrap!
HOLIDAY FAST TRACK Turn battery operated toy into magical printing process to produce the creative gift-wrap we call "Track Wrap." YOU WILL NEED: * Adapted battery operated toys * Switches * White sheet paper * Acrylic paints *...
McDonald's-The Spirit of Giving Back
In 1996, McDonald's was named a Corporation That Cares by Exceptional Parent. At that time, McDonald's was still offering the McJobs program, which trained and provided employment opportunities to people with disabilities. Four years later, the McJobs...
My Little Sister, Mandy!
My little sister, Mandy, got paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident when she was only 4 years old. At first I was real scared, she looked so sick and there were so many tubes, and she could not even speak to me for awhile. Now Mandy is 9...
New Products
FISHER-PRICE SCANNIN' TALKIN' CHECKOUT CENTER The Fisher-Price Scannin' Talkin' Checkout Center offers an imaginative grocery shopping excursion for children with vision disabilities. The set includes a conveyor belt that moves the child's purchases...
Respond
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome J.B., La Crosse, Wisconsin (April 1999) has an 11-year-old daughter with Lennox-Gastaut. She has hydrocephalus with physical and cognitive delays. In addition to the seizures from Lennox-Gastaut, she also had roughly one...
Search
Each month, a physician reviews Search & Respond for accuracy and completeness. In the past, our Ask the Doctor columnist, David Hirsch, MD, has provided this service. We appreciate his time and help in coordinating Search & Respond, a very...
Software for Kids with Special Needs
Promoting accessible play and technology is National Lekotek's mission. This mission is grounded in the philosophy that children with special needs can enjoy play and learning--just like any other kids. This article is a continuation of National Lekotek's...
Strengthening the Community by Empowering Parents
As a way to offer all parents and families a chance to network, learn, and have fun McDonalds has been sponsoring the National Parenting Conference annually since 1997. The corporation hopes to provide an informative and unique experience for parents...
The Do's and Don'ts of Planning for Your Grandchild with Special Needs
Grandparents want the best for their children and grandchildren. They often give gifts while alive, or make provisions for after their death. Grandparents who are in a position to leave money to grandchildren often want to do something for their grandchild...
The Hottest Sport on the Slopes: Adaptive Snowboarding
Adaptive winter sports have continued to be one of the best recreation activities for children with disabilities, in terms of accessibility and enjoyment. Above all, snowboarding has taken off in the past decade as one of the most popular of these...
Vision Screening
All children, regardless of their disability, deserve to have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Vision is an important part of the developmental process. Children with disabilities, especially those with genetic syndromes, who are...
Welcoming Everyone to Worship in the NEW MILLENNIUM
National Organization on Disability's Accessible Congregations Campaign 2,000 By the 2000 is the Accessible Congregations Campaign slogan. The Campaign is a project sponsored by the Religion and Disability Program of the National Organization...
What's Happening
Toy Safety Hotline and Web Site Toy Manufacturers of America, Inc. (TMA[R]), the trade association of the toy industry, has launched the first industry toll-flee hotline and consumer Web site to provide the widest range of up-to-date safety information...
Working Together: Corporations and Special Needs Organizations Open Doors to a Diverse Workplace
More young people with disabilities than ever before are now completing their education and seeking employment. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the pending Work Improvement Incentives Act (WIIA) are designed to make it easier...
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