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. 43, No. 7, July

Angelman Syndrome Foundation Invests $1.25 Million in Research
The Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) recently announced that, through the generosity of its supporters, the organization has awarded $1.25 million to six research grants focused on finding treatments and defining the optimal window for treatment...
Avoid Risks: Help Protect Needs-Based Government Benefits
If you or a family member is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, you know their value. They provide financial assistance and care that can be vital to your family's well being. You probably wouldn't want to lose those benefits....
Child Support for the "Emancipated" Special Needs Child: If You Have a Child with Special Needs, Being Aware of Your State's Law on Child Support Is Critical, Regardless of the Status of Your Marriage
Ben appeared to be a healthy child, managing typical milestones such as sitting up, crawling, and walking by ages comparable to his older sister. With the onset of speech, Ben exhibited difficulty in pronouncing his own name; his older sister often...
DaVinci Kept Clear of Health Providers: Had Leonardo Da Vinci Lived in Our Century, Hopefully, He Would Counsel a Far Different Approach to Use of Health Care. Unfortunately, the Reality Is That Hundreds of Thousands of Children with Special Health Care Needs Are Unable to Secure Needed Health Services
"First Do No Harm" Hippocratic Corpus (c. 400 BC) (1) "Strive to preserve your health, and in this you will the better succeed in proportion as you keep clear of physicians..." Leonardo Da Vinci, Notebooks (c. 1451) (2) A HISTORY LESSON...
Designing a Child-Centered and Accessible Home
Every parent is exceptional! Our kids challenge us to expand our limits--to be more patient, more tactful, more generous, and, when circumstances call for it, fiercer advocates. We juggle our jobs, housekeeping tasks, and care-giving with all the grace...
Eric's iPad: The Real Power of These Devices Is That They Bring a New Dimension for Those with Disabilities to Incorporate Their Usage into Many Aspects of Their Life. Now, Parents Can Enjoy Another Fabulous Way to Be Exceptional Parents
We are in a fantastic time for technology advances for those with special needs. With so many options on the market these days, parents and professionals wonder which device will unlock the key to a child's future. Can one piece of technology meet...
Fling Mini
The Fling Mini is a joystick interface for touch screen designed for use with smartphones or other handheld devices, with a touch screen for individuals with neuromuscular disabilities that result in weakness in the hands. Sold in pairs, it can be...
Go East Old Man, Go East: If You Know the Route That You're Going to Take across the Country, or on Any Long Trip Requiring Overnight Stops, First Check with the AAA. They Maintain Lists of Accessible Motels and Hotels
Heeding calls to "go back to where you came from," my wife Dot and I have bid adieu to California and have relocated to New Jersey--the state we left 23 years ago to "find our destiny" in Lah-Lah Land. I must say that I liked living in the Golden State,...
Independent Mobility Is Key to Overall Child Development
We can all recall the milestones as children and adolescents that made us feel free, confident and, most of all, independent--riding a bicycle, walking to the neighborhood deli on our own, that first solo drive or trip to the movies with friends. We'll...
Letting Them Grow: If You Don't Give Your Kids a Chance to Handle Their Own Problems and Act on Their Own Behalf, They Will Never Grow. Give Them the Opportunities to Learn, Grow, Win and Lose ... but on Their Own
In my role as Director of Athletics, I am often amazed at how many times I see parents do things for their children. Simple things that need the child's attention or some effort are often handled by the parent. Since I also teach at the college level,...
Living Better Technology's Solution
Americans love their pop culture and the steady diet of fanciful futuristic innovations that feed their desires and imaginations. So many existing edge technologies tend to appear as "product placement" ads that it's becoming impossible to distinguish...
Mother & Author Shares Facts about Children's Hearing Loss
Award-winning children's book author Wendy Kupfer shares her insight into some of the challenges hearing impaired children and their families face, and how to better educate children about amazing kids like Grayson and Almigal. As a mother to a daughter...
On Being Too Short to Get on the Ride: If the System Sets Arbitrary Heights to Get on the Ride, Then Parents Will Always Be Looking for Ways to Get the "Ticket Collector" to Reconsider Exactly Where the Top of Their Kid's Head Is ... and Will Quickly Brush Their Hair Upwards to Reach That Line
To those of us who grew up in Brooklyn, a day at Coney Island was a day in Mecca. Besides the hot dogs at Nathan's, riding the Cyclone, playing Skee Ball and grabbing the rings on the carousel, there were the bumper cars. Legal chaos, assault, collisions,...
On the Passing of a Friend and Valued Colleague
It is with profound sadness that the management and staff of Exceptional Parent Magazine (EP) announce the passing of Jim McGinnis, Executive Vice President Operations and Chief Financial Officer. Jim was a man of great character and integrity who...
Parental Guidance & Design: It Is Critical to Have the "Right" People Working with You. Our Architects Were Very Understanding of Our Circumstances and Were Patient with Us regarding the Time Frame for Designing the House. We Were Never Rushed to Make a Decision
Brief Background on Adyan Adyan, our 10-year old-son and the oldest of our three children, has cerebral palsy due to complications at birth. His Apgar scores at birth were 0 at the one minute mark, 0 at the 5th minute mark, and 2 at the 10th minute...
Safe Step Walk-In Tub
The Safe Step Walk-In Tub is a walk-in bathtub and hydrotherapy bath designed for use by individuals with mobility, lower extremity or balance disabilities or arthritis. Designed to fit most bathrooms, this tub features a guaranteed leak-free design;...
The Autism Equation: We Will Not Stop Fighting for Our Families Because We DO Matter
I'm not an angry person and I try very hard not to point fingers. When my son was diagnosed with autism, I made a conscious effort to focus on things that I could control. I knew I had to let go of the things that I could not control. All of the research...
Tips for Traveling with a Child with Special Needs: Even Though Most of These Tips Are Specific to Children with PKU, They Can Also Be Useful for Parents of Children with Many Other Disorders. These Recommendations Can Be Modified to Fit Your Child's Individual Dietary, Medication, Therapy, and Support Needs
Vacation should be a time of escape and relaxation. However, when you have a child with medical needs, traveling away from home can be overwhelming and stressful. Whether you are taking a road trip a few hours away or flying across the world, taking...
To Remodel for Access ... or Build New for Life-Span Living?
Time and time again people call with a common dilemma: "Our child has special needs and our child is growing up. Our home is not designed for easy access, caregiving or independent living. It is also more difficult for us to pick her or him up and...
Transition to Independent Living: Many Center for Independent Living Facilities (CILs) Help Maximize Independent Living Skills, and Places like Project Freedom Help Individuals Live Independently. Such Organizations Support People with Special Needs in Their Transition to Independent Living
Most families think that "transition" is just school-to-work. But it should be a "transition to all aspects of adult life," including healthcare, post-secondary education, and independent living. Independent Living is a term that means many things...
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