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. 46, No. 10, October

An Overview of Adults with Special Needs
Adults with special needs are individuals over the age of 18 who have a medical condition or disability People in this group may include: * A spouse with a chronic illness or an acquired disability * A child with a developmental disorder transitioning...
Breathing into Transition
CAREGIVERS WHOSE KIDS ARE TRANSITIONING INTO ADULTHOOD EXPRESS HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS. ONE EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR REDUCING STRESS IS THE CULTIVATION OF A MINDFULNESS PRACTICE. Guiding your young adult from pediatric to adult care is no simple task....
Considerations for a Bilingual Approach in the Education of the Deaf Child: American Sign Language and Spoken English Should Not Be Considered as Mutually Exclusive Alternatives, but as Potentially Complementary Strategies for Encouraging Language Development in Deaf Children
It is phenomenal the way that young deaf children can acquire two languages (American Sign Language and English) simultaneously, if exposed to them in early life. However, there is the assumption, and resultantly the folk myth, that exposing a young...
Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Launches Endowments to Leading Universities
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJFF), the nation's first not-for-profit organization to exclusively focus on adult autism, announced two new groundbreaking endowment funds, adding to DJFF's existing endowed program initiatives at Yale University...
Disability Groups Claim Crucial Medical Equipment Is "Under Attack": Urge Congress to Pass Corrective Bill: Rep. Zeldin Says Congress Must Now Act Again to Ensure That a More Permanent Fix Is Granted
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) is spearheading an effort to protect people with disabilities by ensuring they have access to essential medical equipment, such as specialized power wheelchairs, seating systems, and other adaptive equipment (collectively...
Don't Ask Taxpayers to Support Children with Disabilities
"Don't ask taxpayers to support disabled children: When I was 10 years old, I chose to be childfree because I knew that I would not make a good parent, and at 38 I'm still content with my choice ... Parenthood is a choice, not a divine right, and all...
Finding the Joy in Games for You Child
Playing games at home is a great way to have hours of fun on the weekends or when your family has some downtime. Games, like real life, pose unique challenges like making decisions, taking different points-of-view, using language, and achieving an...
Hayley's Journey
The Niemann Pick Type C (NPC) community is very fortunate and in an envious position. For being a rare disease, there are now several clinical trials in the pipeline with more on the way. Hayley's childhood was mostly typical. She was a happy kid...
It's Complicated
Dear Justin, I've been having conversations about your future lately with various people, all of whom I truly believe have your best interests at heart. We've been trying on phrases like "shared living" and "group homes" and "sheltered workshops,"...
Measurement Helps Craniofacial Surgeons Better Evaluate Children with Skull Deformity
A baby's skull is made of several plates of bone that fuse together over time to form a single structure. Previous research has shown that approximately one in 2,000 babies have plates that fuse too early--a condition called craniosynostosis--causing...
Odds and Evens Playing Nicely Together: Unified Sports Provides People with and without ID (Intellectual Disabilities) the Opportunity to Play on the Same Sports Team, Creating a Space for Friendships, Physical Activity and Fun
The classic image of the young girl with Down syndrome running with determination across the finish line to the cheers of her families, friends and coaches has always done what it is intended to do--let you know of the impact that Special Olympics...
Person-Centered Planning
People with disabilities no longer have to rely on assistance from total strangers. Person-center planning helps individuals with disabilities direct their own lives. Individuals with disabilities and their families now have more options to plan housing,...
Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities
Unfortunately, post-secondary education isn't commonly thought of as an option for students with special needs. Yet only one percent of students eligible for special education have significant intellectual disabilities, (1) and there are now postsecondary...
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Reunion Day
I knew that I would be seeing people who had never met Broden before and I was actually concerned about how they would judge Broden. In some selfish and shallow way, that affected me. "Are you ready to leave yet?" Mark yelled to me from the living...
Separation and Grief
Identifying as a Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman, or Guardsman comes with a sense of pride, accomplishment and meaning. So what comes next? Separation from military service requires planning. Whether the separation was by choice or by force,...
Stares and Whispers
The kindness you receive from strangers is such a rare thing when you're part of a family touched by special needs. So when you get it, you want to embrace it as much as you can. The stares in the cereal aisle. The whispers from the customer behind...
Together We Stand Strong: 15th Annual October Global Niemann-Pick Disease Awareness Month
The National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation (NNPDF) is in the midst of kicking off activities supporting the 15th Annual October Global Niemann-Pick Disease Awareness Month! ABOUT THE NATIONAL NIEMANN-PICK DISEASE FOUNDATION The National Niemann-Pick...
Tripp Halstead Finds Happiness
All across the country, fall is in the air. When we think of fall, typically the first thing that comes to mind is the gorgeous changing colors of tree leaves and the foliage across the country that can be breathtaking. The air feels crisp, clean and...
Turning Anger into Action: Dealing with a Rare Disease
Like most mothers-to-be, I waited for my daughter to be born with the usual mix of anticipation and hope. I couldn't wait for her to arrive, and I dreamed that she would be healthy and happy and full of spirit. I could never have anticipated that my...
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity for Youth with ASD and Developmental Disabilities
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to improve work access and outcomes for job seekers with and without disabilities. It asserts assistance to individuals with disabilities by providing job search, placement assistance,...
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