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. 12, December

12 New Year's Resolutions for Special Needs Parents
"Wow! Another year, gone already. Where did the % I time go?" you ask yourself while picking up decorations at your local department store. And, as you reminisce about the challenges of 2016, you think how nice it will be to wipe the slate clean and...
5 Ways to Advocate for a Child with Special Needs during a Divorce
Going through a divorce can be a stressful and trying time for any parent. Parents of a child with disabilities or special needs often face additional challenges when going through a divorce. Even an amicable divorce can include many complicated issues...
A Slap to the Head: Lenny Needed That Slap to the Head, Not Only for Himself but to Announce to His Team That He Was Mad at Himself, and That They Could Count on Him to Continue to Give His All
Lenny was observed to slap his head with both open palms and grunt to himself. You could hear it across the gym. Normally, if this action was observed in an individual with an intellectual and developmental disability, the troops would have engaged...
Breaking Barriers Clinical Trial Program: Hope for the Hunter Syndrome Community
A clinical trial program is now enrolling patients for its second cohort in a Phase 1/2a study in Hunter syndrome, a rare, hereditary, lysosomal storage disease. The clinical trial is called Breaking Barriers, and explores AGT-182, an investigational...
Breakthrough Found in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress
September 11, 2001. The events that occurred on that day shook the world to its roots. Hundreds of survivors of the attacks, the first responders who survived the horrors of that day and many family members, began to suffer from exposure to that extreme...
Celebrating Our Men and Women of Service
As we move into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we are looking to honor all men and women of service. At this time, we are featuring two fathers who have encountered difficulties in their own lives, yet have shown up to serve their communities...
Creating a Family History Tree
Much like Kathleen did, families have the ability to trace their family health history. The tree can include everything from information on heredity, diet, work, activities and environment. Dr. Kathleen Mimnagh, MD was doing a pediatric genetics...
From Our Family to Yours: For Exceptional Parent Magazine's 2016 Family, Community and the Holidays Issue, the Chambers Family-Dr. Hank, Jill, Sean and Dr. Reid-Share Their Experiences, Views and Words of Wisdom with Other Families Touched by Special Needs
It is a privilege to be a part of this interview with the wonderful Chambers family for Exceptional Parent magazine's latest Family & Community issue. I have known my friends, Hank Chambers, MD and Jill Chambers, for over 20 years and can say without...
Including Young Children with Disabilities in Typical Early Childhood Settings: It Is Essential That Families Are Aware Their Child with Special Needs Has the Right to Receive Care and Education in the Least Restrictive Environment along with Their Age-Appropriate Peers
Many families are unaware that their child with a disability or special need could be included in a typical child care or preschool program. Also, parents may not be aware that their child transitioning from early intervention to preschool has specific...
Individuals with Disabilities in Russia
"During the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow, a Western journalist inquired whether the Soviet Union would participate in the first Paralympic games, scheduled to take place in Great Britain later that year. The reply from a Soviet representative was swift,...
Issues to Consider regarding Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their parents, family members and guardians may have heard about Supported Decision-Making (SDM), an initiative that could affect their decision-making rights. Some see SDM as...
Navigating the Maze of School Choice Options: This Article Explores Several Key Issues That Parents of Children with Disabilities Should Consider and Questions to Ask When Thinking about Charter Schools or Voucher Programs
Parents of children with disabilities have an endless series of decisions to make regarding their child's education. These decisions include selecting a public school system that will be supportive of their child's needs, identifying the appropriate...
NDNRC Releases Statement on Preserving ACA Protections: The National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) Recently Released a Statement Entitled "Preserve the Protections Provided by the Affordable Care Act."
PRESERVE THE PROTECTIONS PROVIDED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought about much-needed reforms for health insurance, addressed systemic discrimination, and expanded coverage to millions of Americans who had previously...
Pain Free Blood Glucose Monitoring Device Developed
Western New England University professors Dr. Ronny Priefer and Dr. Michael Rust have developed a handheld breathalyzer that allows individuals to painlessly check their blood glucose levels. Instead of using the traditional finger-stick testing, patients...
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PTSD, Family, and Holidays
December 1945 was not a good month for my family. My father, Lt. Col. Wilber E. Bradt, recently returned from three years overseas in the Pacific, took his own life on December 1. He was 45 years old. My mother, Norma, had turned 40 the day before,...
Successfully Transitioning Students with Disabilities to a Post-Secondary Setting: What Parents Should Know
Whether it's with the support of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, or "Every Student Succeeds" Act (ESSA) in 2015, students...
The Ink Debacle
Our family is such a "mess" and it's impossible to hide it. Maybe that's a good thing because we are not the only ones out there who are trying hard every day. We were ready to go. It is rare for our family, but we were actually going to be on time....
Yes, Ani, There Is a Santa Claus
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus....
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