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Life with My Brother Sammy

BY PAIGE TALHELM My brother has every right to be in church, the store, or a restaurant • So I do feel bad, not for myself, but for Sammy • He is just being himself • Is he hurt by people’s reactions? • What is he thinking? • These questions fill my mind and drive

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Concerns About Autism

As the country’s leading public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to protecting the health of all Americans–including infants, children, and adolescents. CDC shares with parents and many others great concern about the number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We are committed to understanding what causes autism,

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Vaccines DO NOT Cause Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways. Recent estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network found that about 1 in 68 children have been identified with ASD in communities across

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Fullerton Cares Autism Foundation

BY JESS BLOCK NERREN, MA Creating authentic autism awareness, acceptance and action in every corner of a Southern California Community. Boyd Houser isn’t just any adorable six-year-old kid who loves to write with chalk, build snowmen and give hugs to his family. He is a little guy who will grow up in a world where

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Free

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN McCAFFERTY  This past summer my family and I spent a day at Great Adventure. It’s the only place Justin, my severely autistic son, willingly stays for more than an hour (I have often joked with my husband that wherever we live has to be within a 30 minute radius of a Six Flags parks.) It’s usually

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Are Volunteers the Solution?

BY BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PhD; STEVEN P. PERLMAN, DDS, MScD, DHL;  LYNN MA.  MISHA GAREY, DDS Why is it that we, who are living in an advanced country, are so dependent upon the volunteering effort of so many for an array of basic medical care for unbelievable numbers of poor and individuals with special needs? The

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Birthday Parties and Kids with Autism

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY I love my birthday. Although I’m rapidly approaching 50 (how did that happen?) I continue to stretch it out for an entire month each year, enjoy being celebrated and eating lots of chocolate cake (a staple for me not only on my actual day.) When I was pregnant with both of

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The Importance Of Early Sibling Support Group Involvement

Growing up with a brother that was prone to out of the blue temper tantrums limited family vacations. The evening hours after he returned from school after another day of angst with his peers and all that stimuli would always pose some challenges. Not to mention my brother’s difficulty with the classroom expectations and the

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Life with My Brother Sammy

BY PAIGE TALHELM My brother has every right to be in church, the store, or a restaurant • So I do feel bad, not for myself, but for Sammy • He is just being himself • Is he hurt by people’s reactions? • What is he thinking? • These questions fill my mind and drive

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MEOW

By Rick Rader, MD Patti Wade knew we needed to understand dementia and how it manifests itself in our already vulnerable population. How we have to modify and address our own behaviors, the environment, stressors, accommodations and the way we communicate and react. Pablo Picasso, who knew a thing or two about being an artist,

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Through the Looking Glass

BY RICK RADER, MD “There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go – if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.” – Bernard Malamud Some things sometimes get the limelight that others deserve. Take the device that enables efficient movement of an object across

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The Cards Are Stacked Against You

ANCORA IMPARO RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF A triple threat in baseball is a player who could run, hit and field. In the special needs community, a triple threat is a player who can envision, advocate and activate. This morning I led some guests on a tour of the Orange Grove Center where I have

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EP Special Needs Connect

It’s Finally Here! Social Collaboration for Exceptional Parents … for Exceptional People … for Exceptional Physicians … for Exceptional Patients ♦ Providing Information, Education & Connectivity ep Special Needs Connect (epSNC) fosters participation and interactivity between readers, content creators and marketers in order to meet the demands of a new and evolving media in the

Access The Expert

ep Access the Expert is an online daily comment series in which respected experts, online special needs community and contributors closely working with ep answer questions sent by our readers about a specific special needs topic. ep Access the Expert is an excellent way to reach outside your circle and ask your most pressing questions

Parents/Caregiver Bulletin Board

The goal here is to combine content, data and the conversation on the same page in a seemeless way to enable new kinds of connections and relationships that people can have. Comments are welcomed and encouraged on this site, but there are some instances in which comments will be deleted as follows: • Comments deemed

Special Needs Events

13 Jun ChildServe Run, Walk, and FUN 4 the Kids 5406 Merle Hay Rd., Johnston, IA 50131 31 Jul 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles, CA 02 Mar 14th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support Denver, CO If you would like to post a special needs event, please use the comment form below.

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ep Special Needs Connect “Search & Respond”

ep Special Needs Connect’s Search & Respond enables you to reach out and interact with other families and caregivers who are just like you and can help you, using their own knowledge and experience. As with the people in the following situations, you will be able to post your questions on the site, so it

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Looking Behind And Beyond The Screen

BY DR.STEPHEN B. CORBIN Albert Einstein observed that if one does the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result, it is the definition of insanity. That seems like a man on the street type of observation that makes a lot of sense. There is a corollary to that observation, equally as

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Siblings of Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MISHA GAREY, DDS Parents must never lose sight of the dynamics of the family with a child(ren) with disabilities and continue to emphasize the potential impact on siblings while considering the current and

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Wellness

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This Month’s Ask the Expert

ep Ask the Expert is an online monthly event series in which respected experts closely working with ep answer questions sent by community members about a monthly, planned special needs topic. ep Ask the Expert is an excellent way to reach outside your circle and ask your most pressing questions about special needs. ep Ask

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Protect Your Heart By Eating Smart!

BY BARBARA MINTZ, MS, RD March is National Nutrition Month, but it is always a good time to look at your schedule and ask yourself if you are living a healthy lifestyle for your heart. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is one of the most preventable diseases? Food and activity play a huge role in

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Are You and Your Child Coachable?

BY TOM CURRY Colleges today may want to recruit a certain student athlete to fit into their program. But remember that the student and parent must be able to fit in with the program. The other day, we had an assistant college football coach in our athletic department recruiting one of our players. As I sat in and listened

Education

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Birthday Parties and Kids with Autism

BY KIMBERLEE RUTAN MCCAFFERTY I love my birthday. Although I’m rapidly approaching 50 (how did that happen?) I continue to stretch it out for an entire month each year, enjoy being celebrated and eating lots of chocolate cake (a staple for me not only on my actual day.) When I was pregnant with both of

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ep 2015 Teachers of the Year

BY VANESSA B. IRA, EDITOR EP MAGAZINE Three outstanding Teachers of the Year are being honored in this edition of EP (Exceptional Parent) magazine, our Annual Schools & Camps Issue. These are teachers whose work requires extraordinary patience, sometimes in the midst of constant emotional outbursts. Teachers who must focus always on what a student can do – and not on

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Finding Their Voices

Camp Program Helps Kids Who Use Computers To Communicate  Every August, a caravan pulls up at Camp Chatterbox in New Jersey and when the car doors open, campers pile out to begin a fun-packed week of activities. Some are Chatterbox veterans, others are tentative newcomers, but all of them are excited to be there for an

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An Opportunity for a Living Wage for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum? Electronics Recycling & Refurbishing

BY ERNST VANBERGEIJK, PH.D., M.S.W. Without specific job training, individuals on the autism spectrum face rather bleak employment prospects. At best, the employment rate is 45 percent for this population. Anecdotal reports find that only about 10 percent of  individuals on the autism spectrum find employment. Often, employment is part-time, minimum wage work which does

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An Opportunity for a Living Wage for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum? Electronics Recycling & Refurbishing

BY ERNST VANBERGEIJK, PH.D., M.S.W. Without specific job training, individuals on the autism spectrum face rather bleak employment prospects. At best, the employment rate is 45 percent for this population. Anecdotal reports find that only about 10 percent of  individuals on the autism spectrum find employment. Often, employment is part-time, minimum wage work which does

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Mobility Ventures Recognized by National Automobile Dealers Association

Mobility Ventures Recognized by National Automobile Dealers Association Oct 28, 2014 Mobility Ventures Proudly Joins NADA’s Long History of Commitment to Quality and Ethics (SOUTH BEND, Ind.) – Mobility Ventures LLC, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, the only American vehicle purpose-built and designed from the ground up in support of people who use

Designing a Child-centered and Accessible Home

By Deborah Pierce, AIA, CAPS In the accessible home, disabilities become abilities because barriers cease to exist. This is the possibility of the accessible home. Photos by: Kathy Tarantola 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

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Transitioning From Active Duty To Civilian Employment

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH Beginning with the job search, explore options that relate to your military experience and strengths but also your interests and positive personality traits. Retiring or discharging from active duty can be stressful, and joining the civilian workforce can be intimidating. According to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense report 2012, there

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Transitioning From Active Duty To Civilian Employment

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH Beginning with the job search, explore options that relate to your military experience and strengths but also your interests and positive personality traits. Retiring or discharging from active duty can be stressful, and joining the civilian workforce can be intimidating. According to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense report 2012, there

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On New Year’s Resolution

President, CEO & Publisher – Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr – 2015 will soon be upon us. Many people use the New Year to make firm “Resolutions” like, “This is the year I will lose 25 pounds” or, “I will finally master my golf game.” The thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that so many other things

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MEOW

By Rick Rader, MD Patti Wade knew we needed to understand dementia and how it manifests itself in our already vulnerable population. How we have to modify and address our own behaviors, the environment, stressors, accommodations and the way we communicate and react. Pablo Picasso, who knew a thing or two about being an artist,

New Technology & Products

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ACAPELLA VIBRATORY PEP THERAPY SYSTEM

The Acapella® Vibratory Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) Therapy System is designed for individuals with lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and cystic fibrosis. This system uses PEP therapy and airway vibrations to help mobilize pulmonary secretions, based on clinical needs. PEPtherapy enforces a resistance to exhalation at the mouth while the

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