A Kink in His Armor

A Kink in His Armor Jun 3, 2013 Our take home message about Hephaestus is the same message we glean from hearing stories about others with disabilities. That hard work, diligence and support will prevail. by Rick Rader, M.D. Working in the field of disabilities, one quickly becomes sensitive to the prevailing “myths.” In fact, one of the missions of Exceptional Parent magazine is to dispel the myths. Myths that insist that people with disabilities […]

A Token of Appreciation

A Token of Appreciation May 6, 2013 When exceptional parents find themselves on the board game of “Special Needs” and are trying to “win at all costs,” they are employing the same principles of “game theory.” By Rick Rader, MD When I was in college and fumbling through “connecting,” I remember the first time I heard the words, “I hope you’re not into playing games.” This amused me since everyone referred to it as “the […]


Boredom Apr 2, 2013 By Rick Rader, MD The hope is that with an enlightened appreciation of the dynamics of boredom, psychologists will be able to devise strategies to prevent, overcome or reduce the impact of being bored. “Bowwww-ring” The word is so reflective of its meaning that it causes us to pronounce it in a dramatic fashion. When something is “boring,” we simply cannot help ourselves by not exclaiming, “bowwww-ring.” Even aliens with no […]

The “Queerest People”

by RICK RADER, MD * EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The Munchkins represented the little people who worked for a living, the backbone of the community and the productive engines of society. As a self-professed medical historian I particularly enjoy reading the first descriptions of syndromes. For instance, the following first description of individuals with Down syndrome was provided by John Langdon Down in 1866. “A very large number of congenital idiots are typical Mongols. So marked is this, […]

High Fives

High Fives Mar 1, 2013 The pearl behind the high five is the fact that someone did what “seemed like the thing to do.” by Rick Rader, MD Darn this flu. The thing about the flu that makes it a high priority is its potential potency. Potency, yeah, that’s the right word. It can get you a day out of work or school, could end up giving a tag on your toe. It can give […]

Getting to the End

Getting to the End Feb 7, 2013 The idea of “another story can be written” is the thread to the exceptional parent movement and for the commitment of this magazine to continue to help readers construct their stories; the beginning, the middle and the end. By Rick Rader, MD Storytelling is easy. You need a beginning, middle and an end. There is no getting around it. It’s how our earliest stories, from the oral tradition, […]