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. 42, No. 7, August

A Different Approach: Adventures in Biomedical Interventions
My youngest son, Hunter, was formally diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. We refer to it as "D-Day" ("D" for "Diagnosis") here in our house, but we had known that something was not right for nearly a year before the developmental pediatrician...
A Health Strategy? It's Just What the Doctor (and Privacy Laws) Ordered
"In our studies to become qualified to serve individuals and families with special needs, we learn that a health strategy is just as important as a wealth strategy," says T. Patrick Hammeke, who's a Special Care Planner with The Washington Group in...
A Landmark Year for Newborn Screening: The Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA) Contains Provisions That Expand Newborn Screening Options for Families through Insurance Coverage. This Is a Positive Step Forward for Newborn Screening and for Families. However, Confirmatory Testing and Follow-Up Care Are Not Included in the Provision
The United States began screening newborns for genetic conditions in the 1960s. Since then, many technological innovations have emerged from these state-run programs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recognized newborn screening...
Beyond Paper & Ink: Relating to the Related Service of Occupational Therapy
Today, thanks to evolving special education legislation (see definition box: IDEIA, page 42), as well as increased knowledge relative to student learning profiles or the unique learning strengths and challenges of a child, there is a broad range of...
Blade Runner
Most games come with instructions. This one is no different. "At maximum speed, the head should be held high. Also the head should never sway from side to side and the jaws should be relaxed. The head should be in line with the torso and the torso...
Butterflies: One Person Can Have a Profound Effect on Millions of People Just by Doing One Thing That May Not Even Be of That Much Importance at That One Point in Time. It Can Be a Child Being Born, a Letter Being Written, or a Conversation Started in a Coffee Shop
There is a relentless effort to convince our lawmakers, medical insurance companies, and school systems that our children with autism and other special needs deserve better. Many of you may roll your eyes and think I'm stating the obvious, but there...
Caregiver-Directed Therapy to Promote Independence in Self Care: Working in the Setting Where Self Care Naturally Occurs Allows the Therapist to Gain an Understanding of the All the Factors Influencing the Situation. Then the Therapist's Recommendations Can Directly Address the Specific Challenges, and the Recommendations Can Be Fully Implemented
Caregivers of children with special needs can direct an at-home occupational therapy program to promote independence in self-care tasks. By the age of eight, most children in western cultures are independent in self-care tasks (eating, toileting,...
Dental Care for Your Special Needs Kid? Yup! before You Can Receive Any Adjunctive Dental Work through TRICARE, Your Medical Care Provider Needs to Receive Authorization from Your Regional Contractor. Your Regional Contractor Is the Company That Manages Your TRICARE Health Benefits
If you're covered under TRICARE, did you know your medical coverage already includes certain dental care for your child? The benefit is called "adjunctive dental care," and it means TRICARE may cover medically necessary dental work to help treat...
Epilepsy & Autism: The Importance of Medication Management: Adherence to Medication Management Provides the Best Avenue to Achieve the Intended Goal of Therapy
People with both autism and epilepsy have an 800 percent higher mortality rate than those with autism alone. Autism Tissue Program (ATP) researchers, who examined data gathered from the California State Department of Developmental Services, found this...
Grandparents Are Really "Great" Grandparents: Grandparents of Children with Special Needs Should Realize That the Stresses of Dealing with a Special Needs Child May Cause Family Members to Be More Volatile or More Sensitive Than They Would Otherwise Be
In ever really had grandparents. They either died before or shortly after I was born. I always have been jealous of those Hollywood and television images of gray haired grandfathers sitting by a lake with a young child clutching a fishing pole in the...
GRASP: Shaping the Future for Adults on the Autism Spectrum: GRASP Now Boasts over 7,300 Full Members, with Thousands More in Chat Groups and Social Media Sites. Funding Primarily Comes from Individual Donors, but Also from Small Foundations, Annual Benefits, and a Contract GRASP Has Had with the New York City Public Schools since 2004
Talk about diversity! In a support group of two dozen people, one 23-year-old man sat and "stimmed"--occasionally flailing his hands up and down, jerking his head back, or making a grunting sound. So though he was verbal, one wondered how much of the...
Helping Bring Awareness to Child Passenger Safety Month
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the number one killer of children on to 12 years old in the United States. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time,...
How the New Health Care Law Benefits People with Disabilities
The health care law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in major part as constitutional on June 26, contains a number of provisions that benefit individuals with disabilities. Officially named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"...
It's All about the Stories
Each month, I try to write about different aspects of youth sports for your enjoyment and in some way bring a small message about the total picture of youth sports. What is going on? How can we help? What do we do? I have always been a believer in...
Patient Advocates Make Their Voices Heard
A new law enacted this summer reflects years of advocacy by NORD and the rare disease patient community. The law will spur the development of therapies for patients who have few - or no - treatment options, encourage the development of desperately...
Struggling with Seizures
My 14-year-old daughter, Ashley, was born with a chromosomal abnormality and has suffered from a range of medical problems since the day she was born. However, it was not until Ashley experienced her first seizure in August 2008 while brushing her...
The Affordable Care Act for Americans with Disabilities
Features choices and enhanced protections for Americans with disabilities: * Eliminates Insurance Company Discrimination: As of September 23, 2010, most health plans cannot limit or deny benefits or deny coverage outright for a child younger than...
The Impact of a Parent Applying for Social Security on Their SSI-Receiving Child: Making Sense of the Social Security Rules and How They Apply to Individual Situations Is a Conundrum at Best. Yet, with a Basic Understanding, It Is Possible to Identify Significant Implications for Aging Parents Who Are Caretakers of Loved Ones with Serious Mental Illness
Aging gracefully is a challenge in its own right. However, for parents of children with serious mental illness, the challenges of growing older present a unique set of circumstances. This is especially true for parents who have served as advocates...
The Post 9/11 GI Bill: A Way to Pay for Your Dependents' College: The Combination of the Funding from the New G.I. Bill and the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008, Makes It Possible for Military Families to Afford Post-Secondary Education for Not Only for Their Neurotypical Sons and Daughters, but Their Children with Disabilities as Well
After World War II, the United States Congress passed The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, more commonly known as the G.I. Bill. This bill became our country's single largest source of college scholarships. A generation of veterans benefitted...
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