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. 8, August

College for Those with LD. (Respond)
V has a 16-year-old son with a learning disability who is looking for information on appropriate colleges to attend. There are many colleges that are just starting to include accommodations for student's with LD and ADHD. It is important to check...
Familiar Faces
Justine Lydiana Rosario, 7, shared a lot of love with her baby brother Jordan, 1, this past Valentine's Day. Justine has hydrocephalus, a VA shunt, Dandy Walker malformation, facial hemangioma and is developmentally delayed. She lives in sunny Florida...
Fenway Park, Historic Venue for August Disabilities Night
The Boston Red Sox and Exceptional Parent Magazine will be hosting the first Disability Awareness Night at Fenway Park in Boston on August 20th, 2002. In cooperation with the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Easter Seals and the Tourette Syndrome...
Healthy Start: Good Nutrition for Babies with Special Needs. (Infant Health & Development)
As a pediatrician, I know first hand how concerned parents can be about their child's health. Parents of infants with certain medical conditions should stay attuned to their child's growth patterns and physical development, as these are the prime indicators...
Ignorance Is Unmasked and Stereotypes Are Explored: In This Summer's Unconventional Romance, Pumpkin
After going through script after script looking for the perfect first project for her film production company, Blaspheme Films, actress Christina Ricci chose Pumpkin because of its strong message about preconceived notions, something both the special...
Infant Development Specialists: Playing with Babies, Helping Them Grow. (Infant Help & Development)
It's Wednesday morning and my first stop is the gated community where two-year-old Susannah lives with her mom and dad. Susannah has a developmental delay, yet despite numerous blood tests and genetic studies she does not yet have a diagnosis. Next...
Informing Empowering and Keeping Parents Involved. (Special Report: Part III: Transitions & the Placement Process-It's All about Choices)
While transitioning is rarely an easy process, it is something that most parents of children with disabilities must face. After working hard to find a placement that seems to fit their child's needs, parents are eventually faced with having to move...
Justin Dart, Jr. Legend in Disabilities Advocacy
Best known as the father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Justin Dart, Jr. recently passed away at age 71. Dart was a great supporter of people with disabilities in America and around the world, and worked for more than fifty years...
Lifting and Carrying Children with Special Needs: Back Injury Prevention for Parents
"My back went out!" Sounds like a familiar complaint, especially from parents and direct support professionals (DSPs) of people with disabilities. The daily parenting tasks for exceptional children are a special challenge. A typical day involves bending,...
Mentoring on the Internet. (Tech Talk)
Most of us can think of people in our lives, more experienced than we, who taught us something new, offered advice, presented a challenge, initiated friendship or simply expressed an interest in our development as a person. They helped us negotiate...
Our Little Angel. (Children's Page)
Our little sister Mary is three years old and has a rare genetic disorder called Joubert syndrome. She has a tracheostomy and is ventilator-dependent. She cannot walk, talk or eat by herself. Her liver disorder also makes it hard for her to function....
Publisher's Letter
Parenthood is for many of us the most rewarding, yet most challenging aspect of our lives. For parents of a "special child," this is particularly true. Parenting a special needs child requires special commitments. Sometimes, these commitments become...
Record Keeping for the Medically Complex Child: Having the Answers Ready
As primary caregivers, parents are an essential part of their children's healthcare team. No one knows them better than the person who loves them and takes care of their day-to-day needs. However, for the medically complex child, knowing and loving...
Research Reflections. This Time from Abroad: Latest International Research on Intellectual Disability Bodes Well for Families. (Research Reflections)
This article summarizes some of the exciting research presented at the International Association conference of the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability (IASSID). The meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland, from June 12-15, 2002. As co-chair of...
Respite-A Consumer's Perspective
Respite: Time away from disabled family members, usually paid for by an agency other than the parents. The purpose is to give caregivers time away from some of their responsibilities and, it is hoped, reduce their stress level. While respite can be...
School Yard Harassment. (Instant S&R)
My 14-year-old son has mild to moderate mental retardation, a speech difficulty and learning disabilities. He has been in special ed classes since he was three years old, and now attends a middle school where his special ed class is a separate entity...
Serena's Song
As the early morning sun rose slowly over the skyline, a hot air balloon called Serena's Song lifted into the air over Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. On this clear, cool May morning, wheelchairs were lined up in three rows. School-age children and elderly...
Taking the Next Step Together: Moving Forward ... a New Location ... a Whole-Hearted Vision. (October 3-5, 2002 * World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities)
THE THIRD ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS & EXPOSITION ON DISABILITIES SHOW DATES: Thursday, Friday &Saturday--October 3-5, 2002 LOCATION: Orange County Convention Center--Orlando, Florida A UNIQUE GATHERING--A Disability Conference and Trade...
Technology and Equipment. (Adapted Sports and Recreation)
Adapted sports and recreation, a concept born in the early 1970's, is beginning to take a more prominent role in improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. The number of people with disabilities who engage in sports and other physical...
The Heart of a Lion, the Eye of an Eagle and the Wisdom to Gift Them. (Editor's Desk)
I love my organs. Sure, with some of them it's more like a love-hate relationship, but I greet them enthusiastically every morning. Readers of EP know all too much about organs. In fact sometimes I think a better title for this monthly would be...
The Jungle of Unoland: A Fable for Our Time: Explaining the War on Terrorism to Young Children
Once upon a time, in the jungle of Unoland, there lived a family of lions: Papa Lion, Mama Lion and two cubs, Manny and Maria. They had a nice den with a personal corner for each cub, and a backyard with flowers and shrubs. In the backyard they had...
The Just Right Challenge. (Infant Health & Development)
The solutions to alleviating some childhood movement problems and sensitivities are often common activities incorporated into everyday play. That is the core of The Just Right Challenge, which uses both exercise and parents to help children. The concept,...
The Muscular Dystrophy Association MDA[R]. (Organizational Spotlight)
"There are no incurable diseases, only diseases for which cures have not yet been found." That was the hope and the philosophy of a group of adults and parents of children with muscular dystrophy who joined in 1950. to form the Muscular Dystrophy...
Universal Newborn Screening: An Update. (Infant Health & Development)
While universal newborn screening has obvious benefits where health and disease prevention are concerned, the implementation of such programs comes with a certain price tag attached. The question in this case is the same as in most others when it comes...
We Are Stardust, We Are Golden: Reflections on an International Conference on Practice and Professionalism
In June 2002, direct support professionals (DSPs) and their advocates from around the world gathered in the college town of New Paltz, NY for three days of celebration and learning. Hosted by the Mid-Hudson Coalition for the Development of Direct Care...
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