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 November

Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers
Infants and toddlers learn by interacting with people and objects around them. Children with special needs may have limitations in mobility that restrict their ability to explore their environment. These limitations can affect a young child's physical,...
A Unique Partnership: Communication Technology Becomes Accessible When Industry and Special Needs Advocates Join Forces
There is one technology that links the vast majority of Americans. It is a technology that senior citizens, teenagers, mothers, fathers, and children use to communicate across the street or across the country: telephones. Telephones are an integral...
Creating an Exceptional Party
The seemingly unending succession of therapies and treatments can sometimes blind a parent of a child with special needs to the obvious--despite it all, "kids are kids." And the fact is, children of all ages love parties. The recipe for every great...
Familiar Faces
Mitchell Thomas Mockenhaupt, 4, is putting together a masterpiece! Mitchell has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy (characterized by involuntary contractions of the muscles). He attends an early learning special education program. Mitchell also loves...
Getting the Most out of Technology in the Classroom
Parents are often unsure about what to expect from the use of technology by special educators. As a vendor of technology products from the major special technology developers, I spend five days a week visiting educational organizations. In addition,...
Keeping the Lines of Communication Open
Healthcare professionals need to listen and respond to parents, patients, and each other. Q My eight-year-old son has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. He was premature, with significant respiratory problems shortly after birth. He receives some...
Navigating the Process: Educational Tech Points for Parents
As families interact and network, parents share stories about the ways in which technology can help their children who have disabilities. Many parents are becoming more familiar with technology as a personal tool and can imagine the benefits for their...
Orphan Drugs: Responses
The following is the final installment of responses to our two-part series on "orphan drugs" which appeared in the July and August 1998 issues. As always, however, our readers are welcome anytime to express their opinions and let us know what they...
Recreation and Mobility
Experiencing the Joy of Movement, Everywhere You Want To Be! Leisure is an activity apart from the obligations of work, family, and society. We turn to leisure for relaxation, diversion, broadening of knowledge, or spontaneous social participation....
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Undiagnosed with myoclonic seizures H.D. and J.D. Merrick, New York (August 1998), have been looking for a diagnosis for their two-and-a-half-year-old son since he was six months old. He has severe hypotonia, global developmental delay, and myoclonic...
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Cerebral palsy and congenital toxoplasmosis I have a nine-and-a-half-year-old son who has congenital toxoplasmosis (destructive lesions of the central nervous system, jaundice, and anemia among other symptoms), and cerebral palsy. My son can hear,...
Seeing with the Heart
"I believe that when you are blessed with the gift of success, the greatest way you can really thank God for what you have received is by giving back to those less fortunate," said musician, Stevie Wonder at the SAP/Stevie Wonder Vision Awards recently...
SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY ... It's Never Too Early to Start
The family is the hub for introducing experiences that enliven the senses. Your child is developing (lay by day through the varied experiences and sources of stimulation from the world around him or her. Your child is motivated by people, objects,...
Software for PLAY and ACTIVE Early Learning
Computer technology offers powerful solutions to the obstacles faced by young children with special needs. It can provide access to a wide variety of play activities that are an essential part of early child development. A computer can serve as an...
The Irony of Nutritional Supplements
Exceptional parent has examined the controversial issues surrounding nutritional supplements. The magazine proposed incentives that might convince the pharmaceutical industry to develop these products as drugs. The proposal was based on the fact that...
The Joy of Cycling
Therapists are forever searching for treatment activities that can be incorporated into everyday life. It can be challenging to find fun, motivating, activities that individuals seek out on their own time. Cycling frequently fits the bill and can accomplish...
The National Adoption Center
Finding Homes for Children with Special Needs. There is nothing eight-year-old Michael enjoys more than playing outside in the sunshine in the yard of his family's rural home with his two older brothers. All of this is done under the watchful eye...
The SCOOP on WALKERS and STANDERS
Walkers and standers are important pieces of equipment for many people with disabilities. Selecting the appropriate type can be a real challenge because of the hundreds of styles and adaptations that are available. Here is a brief guide to the basic...
This Is NOT Your Grandfather's Wheelchair
Perhaps you have read about power wheelchairs, scooters, manual wheelchairs, and even bikes. But if you hear the call of the wild, none of these chairs are going to take you there. Wheelchair users have the same desire to play sports, to explore nature,...
Web of Wonder
The Web can be a powerful rehabilitation aid for children with special needs, We are witnessing the growth of a generation of children who are being exposed to the World Wide Web as toddlers or pre-schoolers. Just think, at an age when they used...
What's Happening
TV for kids deals with disabilities In honor of the "International Day of Disabled Persons," on December 3, 1998, the PBS preschool series The Puzzle Place will premier two episodes during the week of November 30 to December 4. The Puzzle Place...
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