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. 4, April

A December to Remember. (Parent Perspective)
Like most married couples, Jim and I were looking forward to starting a family and so were understandably excited when we found out I was pregnant. A few months into my pregnancy, however, complications developed. At one point, I felt unbearable pain...
An Introduction To: Early Childhood Sensory Integration
The parent/teacher consultation was taking place after hours in the child care center. The play behaviors of 3 year-old Jamie worried the preschool teacher. His parents and a pediatric occupational therapist (OT) listened while Jamie merely watched...
Baby Jogger. (Special Advertising Section)
Why the Special Needs 5 Stroller is Really Special! We've always been known for our Baby Jogger strollers, but a little-known fact is that for a long time, we have been making wonderful strollers for disabled children. This is one of the very best...
Columbia Medical. (Special Advertising Section)
Here's the challenge in a nutshell: your child is too tall or too heavy for their infant car seat. You still want positioning, support and of course safely for your child, even though they have outgrown their regular car seat. Fortunately, there is...
Creating Inclusion by Standing. (Special Advertising Section)
Making your classroom inclusive does not have to be a difficult task. Many therapists and special educators have found that when their special needs students stand throughout the school day, those students are more responsive, and feel like they are...
CycleTote. (Special Advertising Section)
The CycleTote Difference Most bicycle trailers are assembled with plastic or nylon fasteners, use 20 inch wheels and a side-pull chain stay hitch. CycleTote alone, with its TIG-welded aluminum frame, full sized (700c or 26 inch) bicycle wheels,...
Familiar Faces
THE SHERMANS Amin Sherman, 9, left, wrote to EP about his little sister Cathy, 7, who has difficulty walking; his brother Colton, 6, bottom right; and Brenson, 17, who is blind. Amin enjoys watching movies with his brothers and playing Nintendo...
Frank Mobility. (Special Advertising Section)
Freedom? The colorfully designed DUET is a wheelchair bicycle tandem that combines the latest in cycle technology with advanced wheelchair design. It's the exhilaration of the wind rushing by your face as friends and family ride together! Freedom...
Hertz Supply Company Inc. (Special Advertising Section)
VOLKER HEALTHCARE BEDS Distributed by Hertz Supply Co Inc Volker Healthcare Beds address special mobility needs in a unique and positive way. Volker beds are different than traditional hospital type beds. They are designed to look like fine furniture,...
Issues and Trends in Treatment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Autism)
Autism and its associated spectrum of disorders are severe disorders of communication and social relatedness. It is estimated that more than two out of every 1,000 children in the United States are affected by autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASD),...
National Alliance for Autism Research: Committed to Accelerating Biomedical Autism Research to Unlock the Mysteries of Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Organizational Spotlight)
The National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) is the first national nonprofit organization dedicated to funding and accelerating biomedical research and scientific approaches that seek to determine the causes of, find treatment for and ultimately...
National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health Office of Rare Diseases: Launch New Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center. (NIH Update)
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Institutes of Health's Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) have launched a new information center that delivers free and immediate access to information specialists who can provide accurate,...
On the Move
The sound of children's laughter ripples through the new playground at the nonprofit Siskin Children's Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Six-year-old Olivia Helton giggles with delight as she operates a piece of playground equipment from her wheelchair....
Otto Bock Health Care Pediatric Postural Mobility Systems. (Special Advertising Section)
Functional & Fun! When you think about choosing a postural mobility system for your child, you want a product that has a proven record of reliability--something that gives your child the support they need, that is durable enough to last a long...
Pedaling with Pete: One Man's Journey to Raise Awareness about Cerebral Palsy. (Cerebral Palsy)
In 1989 Pete Zeidner decided he would make a difference. From birth he had battled cerebral palsy to live independently. With the help of two strong and supportive parents and an extraordinary determination and belief in himself, he had succeeded to...
Permobil Power Chairs. (Special Advertising Section)
Modular Design Ensures Permobil Power Chairs Respond to Every Child's Unique Needs When a child must use a wheelchair, mobility immediately becomes an issue of utmost concern. Believing that each child has unique needs is the reason that Permobil...
Quantum Dynamo Power Chairs. (Special Advertising Section)
Let Children Enjoy Life to the Fullest Dubbed "the power chair for playing," the Quantum Dynamo power chair line is giving children the opportunity to simply be children, sometimes for the first time in their lives. Manufactured by Quantum Rehab,...
R.E.A.L. Design Inc. (Special Advertising Section)
R.E.A.L. Design (Rehab and Educational Aids for Living) is a small business located in the foothills of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. The company researches, designs and manufactures products for children with neuromuscular disorders including...
Sammons Preston. (Special Advertising Section)
There is a growing trend in the healthcare products industry that sees American companies bringing innovative designs to the U.S. market by establishing relationships with their European counterparts. As international trade barriers continue to drop,...
Southern California Moms "Jump" at the Chance to Help Kids with Disabilities. (What's Happening)
On Saturday, May 11--Mother's Day weekend--a group of ordinary, relatively sane people will parachute out of an airplane at 13,000 feet in order to raise money--and heart rates--for PAUSE4KIDS, a Ventura County-based nonprofit organization that helps...
SSI and Employment Opportunities for Young Adults with Retardation: Safety Net or Bungee Cord? (Research Reflections)
April seems like an appropriate month to write about "income." My grandfather always used to exclaim, "Be happy you have to pay taxes! That means you're making money!" However, there aren't many individuals with disabilities who make enough to worry...
Supporting Your Patients. (Special Advertising Section)
Since 1982 Wenzelite Re/hab, located in Brooklyn, New York, has been dedicated to helping patients with special needs. Manufacturers of the original Adult Safety Roller, the product line has now grown to include pediatric anterior and posterior safety...
The Use of Sedation for the Dental Patient with Special Needs. (Part X)
There are various indications for the use of sedation in dental patients with disabilities. These can include: patients who are unable to cooperate because of extreme anxiety or phobia concerning dental treatment; individuals who exhibit involuntary...
Universal Newborn Screening. (Advertisement)
In 1961, Dr. Robert Guthrie of the University of Buffalo developed a laboratory test to detect phenylketonuria (PKU) in newborns. PKU is an inherited metabolic disorder resulting from an enzyme deficiency; if left untreated, it results in profound...
Well Equipped-Designed to Travel. (Special Advertising Section)
The Lex EASyS, Ergonomical and Adjustable Safety System for Rehabilitation Strollers, is a revolutionary positioning system that is cleverly disguised as a stroller. The aim of its stylish design is to increase acceptability and promote early intervention,...
Who Am I? Profile a Self-Statement from Your Child's Perspective. (A Child's Self-Statement)
It was Free Play time. As always, the children had many choices: books, theme-related toys, sensory materials and gross motor activities. Naryan came into the classroom and successfully put his belongings away with the assistance of an adult and a...
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