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Special Education Matters interviews experts, attorneys, advocates, parents and more. The show brings helpful information to parents or guardians navigating the world of special education. Michael Boll, the host, is an experienced podcaster and father of a teenage boy with profound autism.

Special Education Matters Michael Boll

    • Education
    • 4.7, 11 Ratings

Special Education Matters interviews experts, attorneys, advocates, parents and more. The show brings helpful information to parents or guardians navigating the world of special education. Michael Boll, the host, is an experienced podcaster and father of a teenage boy with profound autism.

    Behavioral Therapist Kirstie Gillespie Helps Us Understand the Functional Behavioral Assessment

    Behavioral Therapist Kirstie Gillespie Helps Us Understand the Functional Behavioral Assessment

    • 18 min
    Lynne Merrill Education and Reading Specialist

    Lynne Merrill Education and Reading Specialist

    Lynne is a reading specialist and treats children with decoding, comprehension, spelling, and written expression problems through worldwide acclaimed programs in literacy.

    • 21 min
    Let Me Carry The Burden On My Shoulders

    Let Me Carry The Burden On My Shoulders

    I don’t have to remind you how difficult it can be to raise a child with special needs. However, I am going to do it anyway. Along with the challenges of maintaining the daily activities we call family, a parent to a child with special needs may also have to advocate and/or or fight to ensure their child has the services they need to succeed.

    • 22 min
    There Is a Lot More to Learning Than Just Hearing by: Dr. Cydney Fox

    There Is a Lot More to Learning Than Just Hearing by: Dr. Cydney Fox

    Cydney holds a doctoral degree in Audiology from the George Osborne School of Audiology at Salus University in Pennsylvania. Her master’s degree in Audiology was awarded from the University of Denver and her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing from Indiana University. She is Board Certified in Audiology. Dr. Fox has been working with and assessing Auditory Processing Disorders since 2007.

    • 30 min
    Behavior Analyst Melissa Willa Helps Us Understand ABA

    Behavior Analyst Melissa Willa Helps Us Understand ABA

    ABA, Applied Behavior Analysis, is a popular program designed to improve the overall development of individuals on the autism spectrum.



    If you are new to the world of ABA, then my chat with Melissa Willa of Gateway Learning Group is for you. We start with the basics of what ABA is, what it looks like from a parent and therapist point of view and how it is evolving over time.

    • 25 min
    Pediatric Neuropsycholoist Dr. Dana Chidekel

    Pediatric Neuropsycholoist Dr. Dana Chidekel

    Dr. Dana Chidekel started her career as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She subsequently completed training in neuropsychology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American College of Professional Neuropsychology. She is certified by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology and by the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology, for which she also serves as an examiner.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Chris@NMCC ,

Well Done

We need more podcasts to address the money driven school districts in the United States!

Advocacy Best ,

Partners In Education Advocacy

This podcast answers questions for Parents new to Special Education and does a great job resourcing Advocates from around the State of California. I love the concise but informational nature of relevant advocacy trends. I have been an Advocate for more than 24 years and have recently shared this podcast with new parents. Thank you for your work.

Linaja Murray ,

Incredibly helpful and thoughtful

This podcast is one of the best for supporting families with special needs kids AND professionals working in the field. Exceptional children deserve exceptional podcasts! Give this one a listen.

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