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. 44, No. 5, May

65th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo: Washington, DC * Oct 5-8, 2014
Leading the Charge for Compassionate Care: A Day for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Residential Services Providers October 5, 2014-06-06 Offers 7.0 CEUs 8:00am--8:30am Breakfast 8:30am--9:00am AHCA/NCAL ID/DD Update: Mark...
A Home Away from Home
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Annandale's D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing was recently named one of the "Best Nursing Homes" in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The Center is the only skilled nursing facility in Georgia dedicated...
Back to School Meets Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS): If We Present to Our Children a Clear Plan on How We Are Going to Handle Them Going Back to School and Make the Expectations Clear, This Will Ease the Transition for Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] School's out for summer, but not forever! Even though this is the wish of every student in school, it is inevitable that at the end of summer school will begin again. It is never too early to have a plan set in place to ease...
Can I Quote You on That?
In virtually every one of my 170 odd editorials in Exceptional Parent magazine, I threw in a quote. They take up space, in addition to imparting brilliance, not to mention an air of sophistication. I'm not sure if it's appropriate to start an editorial...
Child Safety Device on the Go
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When you have young kids who are always on the go, it's always nice to have an extra set of eyes when out and about. From family vacations to trips to the playground, summer is bound to be full of outdoor activities. BuddyTag,...
Disabilities and Doobies: According to the American College of Physicians (ACP)-The Nation's Second Largest Doctors' Organization after the American Medical Association (AMA)-Marijuana Is Also Effective in Treating AIDS Symptons, Glaucoma, as Well as the Nausea and Vomiting That Frequently Accompany Chemotherapy Treatments
Sometimes the public's negative perception of a particular drug or medication can stigmatize the drug and effectively bar or restrict its otherwise beneficial application and utilization. This especially is so when public opinion develops after widespread...
Fact Sheets Available for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC)
The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) announced the publication of two new fact sheets for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). "Getting and Using Health Plan Evidence of Coverage" is intended to help...
Family Readiness System
The Family Readiness System (FRS) is the network of programs, services, people, and agencies, and the collaboration among them, that promotes the readiness and quality of life of service members and their families. The services available through the...
Hall of Famers
As I introduced my secretary to the crowd, I realized she really needed no introduction at all. When you spend your life doing things for others, you have already earned the respect of all of the coaches, teachers and athletes. There wasn't a dry...
How to Handle Bullying When Your Child Has Special Needs
Bullying may spill over into "disability harassment," which is prohibited under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Schools are required to investigate and respond to reports of potential harassment, so you have some leverage here One in...
Med Students Embrace: The Best Buddies Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This fall, at my medical school Activities Fair, little did I know that I was going to be invited to join Best Buddies, an international organization that fosters friendships between individuals with and without intellectual...
Out of Touch? Protect Your Connection
In a survey of over 500 randomly selected consumers answering the question, "How many mobile phones have you damaged in the last five years?" 61.6 percent of the respondents said they had broken at least one mobile phone in that period. Millions...
Over under Trough: We've Found a Way to Make Both the Restrictions and Gifts of Autism Work for Us, Forged a Life Filled More with Beauty Than with Pain
Zach sits precariously on our step, hunched over in concentration as the twists and turns of tying his shoes elude him. My seven-year-old son with mild autism sighs in frustration and looks up at me as I recite the shoe-tying mantra, "over, under,...
Power Education: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic & Mobility: Ultimately, When It Comes to a Child's Mobility at School-As I Learned Almost 40 Years Ago-It's Not Merely about the Right Wheelchair, but Fostering Autonomy, Social Interaction and Intellectual Development
This fall marks almost four decades since I was among the first children with severe disabilities mainstreamed into California's public school system--although I'm not sure "mainstreamed" was even part of the educational lexicon yet. Looking back now...
Preaching to the Choir: The Use of Mega Numbers to Describe the Tens of Millions of People with Disabilities in Our Country and the Billions upon Billions of Dollars for Their Health and General Supportive Care Are beyond the Comprehension of Most People
INTRODUCTION It's always easier to make a case primarily to one's supporters or some who are aware of, and friendly to, the issues. That's what we've been saying in the 75 or so articles in Exceptional Parent magazine (including about 10 in line...
Preparing for the New School Year: Tips & Tools: If You Still Have Questions, or Just Want to Talk to Someone about the IEP Process, or How to Make Your Child's School Year Successful, Contact Your Local Parent Training and Information Center
As a parent of a child with special needs, you are committed to ensuring that your child receives the services and supports needed to have a successful school year. Your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the path to that success. This...
Providing Hope for Mobility
In March, 2014, I took a giant leap towards the unknown and booked an airline ticket to Guatemala. There was a short-notice call for Wheelchair for Kids International (WFKI) (http://www.KidChairs4Life.org) volunteers to go to Guatemala and provide...
Set the Wheels of Your Child's Mobility in Motion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Despite how my parents felt when I first began to use my wheelchair, I have the utmost respect for the fact that they took the time to listen to me and to envision what would be most ideal for me as I got older. Society...
Surprising View
I believe children have a way of putting you where you should be at that moment. That day, Broden showed me the best view of the race. When it comes to Broden, why am I not surprised? My oldest son, Hayden, has the opportunity to play school sports...
Teacher Burnout
Teachers need parental allies with whom they share the daily struggles and joys of the children. It truly is a partnership; special education teachers NEED parents to bring about sustained growth for children and a sense of mutual mission. My heart...
Time for Celebration! There Are Times in Our Life When We Are Utterly Unaware of the Effect We Have on Someone Else and I Want to Thank Each and Every Exceptional Parent for Helping Me Keep My Promise to Eric!
It's our column's one year anniversary! Isn't it funny how time can feel like it's flying by in an instant and, at other times, it moves at a glacial pace! I can't help but think of all the anniversaries we don't celebrate, but are never forgotten....
VOR 2014 Annual Conference and Washington Initiative: June 7-11, 2014
All VOR meetings will take place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Saturday, June 7, 2014 VOR Annual Board Meeting 1--3 pm VOR members welcome to attend. Time will be provided for member comments...
Why Protect Eligibility for Government Benefits
In these financial articles in Exceptional Parent magazine, we often mention the importance of protecting eligibility for government benefits. Most recently, in the July 2013 issue ("Avoid Risks: Protect Needs-Based Government Benefits" (1)), we explained...
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