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BY SAVAGE GLASCOCK There is a Double G camp alumni in Chattanooga that includes a wide range of community leaders, business executives, professional men and women and well-regarded citizens who spent a few summer weeks working as counselors at our camp, which has operated continuously since 1956. The camp was given to Orange Grove Center to use for a couple of weeks in the summer by the Gordon Street family, who developed it for the [ ]

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MATTHEW COOKE, DDS, MD, MPH The emphasis on these specific groups should not overlook the realities that nationally more than 150,000 children less than five years of age have hearing and/or vision difficulties and 2.8 million older children have one or more disabilities. We prefer to dichotomize things. Something is heavy or light. [ ]

SUBMITTED BY VOR Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have found the services and supports they rely upon increasingly undermined by advocacy efforts meant to provide more community care options. The question arises, however, why does providing more community options come at the expense of closing equally important facility-based options that provide vital care to individuals with severe and profound disabilities? Sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs are coming under increasing pressure by recent [ ]

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT If your child has a disability, there may be more situations that are frustrating, and this may also lead to feelings of anxiety. Does your child have anxiety? It is okay to not be sure. Many children who have anxiety tend to be well behaved, and their anxiety is keeping them quiet. Some signs that you may see are excessive worry, trouble sleeping, restlessness or fatigue during [ ]

BY JOHN LATONA Parents of a special needs child will spend a lot of money on care throughout their child’s lifetime. Recurring expenses of any kind are what define a family’s financial lifestyle, so more bills and specific needs means a more expensive lifestyle. Raising Children is Expensive Kids are expensive. (You don’t say…) As a parent of two young children, I know this first-hand. For those of you who have your first child on [ ]

BY CHARLES M. SCHWAB, ARCHITECT Telepresence robots – used today by children’s hospitals, various healthcare providers and individuals alike – can provide virtual mobility by allowing your child to go somewhere and move with freedom when he or she may not be able to physically be there, 100% in person. Telemedicine models for healthcare have been growing in recent years. These programs allow specialists to perform consultations between hospitals and remote areas or populations. Telemedicine [ ]

Stress is an interesting animal. A little stress isn’t always bad: it can be an effective motivator, and the adrenaline that stress creates can help improve both mental and physical performance. But too much stress can negatively affect your performance on duty, your relationships, and your physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are many ways to control and reduce stress and increase health and wellness. You can learn and apply stress management techniques to help [ ]

EP Magazine’s aim is to reach the widest possible audience with our award-winning content – so please help us spread the word. As we enter our 46th year of continued publication, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your continued support of EP Magazine (Exceptional Parent), as well as for your advocacy and contributions to the special needs community. As EP’s new Publisher, I can assure that you [ ]

ANCORA IMPARO BY RICK RADER, MD ■ EDITOR-IN-CHIEF I think readers of this magazine would nominate two words that would give “cellar door,” and “tremulous,” a run for their money. They certainly convey “comfort and the deepness of human relationships.” They are “exceptional” and “parent.” Not sure how many I used since I woke up this morning; but I just used 19 of them. I know because I counted them. That is one thing you [ ]

The Fun2Go Tandem is a side-by-side, three-wheel tandem tricycle in which the users ride tandem and sit beside each other, designed for use by organizations, institutions, and individuals who want to provide social contact and movement for a person with a disability by cycling outdoors. One person steers, and both can pedal. Riders can easily adjust the seat to the required distance with a lever. There is also an optional electric engine to assist a [ ]

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BY THE ASSOCIATION FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN FAMILIES AND LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Families of students with disabilities may need guidance on what should be in their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Even experienced parents can benefit from a summary of what should be included in this important document. This article discusses the required components of the IEP, the IEP team, and consideration of the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for the child. Families may also wish [ ]


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