#87 Distinguishing the Difference

On today’s podcast, host Lori Boll speaks with Heidi Mermis-Cava, the Director of Student Support Services at the Shanghai American School. Heidi recently presented at the in-person SENIA conference in Vietnam, where she received overwhelmingly positive feedback for her work.

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#84 Inclusion is the Language of Inclusion

Ceci Gomez-Galvez who was one of our SENIA virtual conference speakers this year. Ceci (she.her.ella) is a collaborator, coach and advocate who empowers educators to create equitable learning opportunities for all language learners.

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#83 Empowering Futures

Max has demonstrated a proven track record in the inclusion space from establishing 3 vocational training centers, modelling 11 inclusive and sustainable social businesses, and delivering essential consultancy services to organizations seeking enhanced inclusivity.

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#82 Extraordinary Experiences

Host Lori Boll speaks with Kathi Silva, author of ‘Extraordinary Experiences: Tales of Special Needs Abroad,’ a book about living with special needs as expats. Kathi wrote this book as a way to share stories and help others prepare for adventures overseas while parenting their neurodiverse children.

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#79 The 4 A’s of DEIJ

Kevin Simpson, the founder of one of SENIA’s partner organizations, AEILOC, which stands for the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color.

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#77 The Importance of Exercise in the Classroom

David Geslak and Amber Pantaleo, Founder and Vice President of Exercise Connection, an organization that uses evidence-based solutions to empower those who support individuals with autism and other disabilities to teach exercise successfully.

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#73 Supporting our Gifted Learners

Anita Churchville, an educational consultant and founder of the HAGT Learners Collaborative. She currently coordinates the High Ability Program at the American School of Bombay and conducts professional development workshops, courses, and ongoing coaching at a number of private international schools with European and American curricula.

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#72 Mindsets + Skill Sets = Results

Today, host Lori Boll speaks with Kathleen Kryza, an outstanding international presenter/consultant and author of 6 books for educators who is committed to bringing best brain-based educational practices to schools and teachers so they can support and nurture their students.

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#71 Ubuntu: We Are One

Estelle Baroung Hughes, an inspirational speaker, school leader, and founder of the non profit organization Africa Learning International which focuses on Quality Education for All.

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#69 WIDA, Collaboration, & SENIA Africa

Host Lori Boll speaks with Jon Nordmeyer on today’s show, WIDA’s International Program Director. Jon is a long-time friend of SENIA, international presenter, published author, An international educator and researcher for over 30 years, and has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University.

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#65 We’re Not Complete Without You

Lori Boll speaks with Joel Llaban, the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice of the International Schools Services (ISS). Joel and Lori discuss the important work ISS and other organizations are doing to ensure schools are inclusive in all areas from their hiring practices, to their mission statement, to

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#64 IDD and Me: I Am Confident & Positive

. Aidan and LIsa first met Lori on a playground in Shanghai, China when they had just been told that Aidan could no longer attend the international school he was attending due to his Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD).

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#63 Dysgraphia Defined

Cheri is an international speaker, author, and consultant who trains adults to shift their mindsets about struggling writers to strengthen the social-emotional well-being of people with dysgraphia so they can fully engage in life activities and unleash their potential to change their future and other generations through the written word.

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#54 1% Better

Chris set a new world record by being the first person with Down Syndrome to complete a 140.6-mile Ironman.

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#52 Youth Advocate, World Changer

Courtney Wong is the founder and president of Tutors4Stars, a youth organization that provides free learning opportunities for neurodiverse students through online private and group lessons.

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#51 You Are Not a Bad Parent

Dr. Elizabeth Henry, affectionately known as Dr. Liz. She is a nationally renowned, board-certified pediatrician, speaker, author, parent coach, and youth advocate.

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#50 Drawn to a Story

Cath is an artist who illustrates and educates about marginalised experiences for positive change – with a focus on identity, belonging and expat life.

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#46 Social Thinking

On today ‘s podcast, host Lori Boll speaks with Michelle Garcia Winner, the creator and founder of Social Thinking and a globally recognized thought leader, author, speaker, and social-cognitive therapist.

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#28 Get Talking w/ Spokle

Today I speak with two of the co-founders of Spokle Gia Kuek & Andrew Kendrick. Spokle empowers parents to support their child ‘s speech therapy with home-based exercises.

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#27 Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

For over 20 years, Angelica Benson has worked for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes ““ a world leader in research and remediation for specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia and autism spectrum disorder

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#26 Multi Language Learners & WIDA

Jon Nordmeyer is the international programs director for WIDA, and will be one of our speakers at our upcoming conference. WIDA provides language development resources to those who support the academic success of multilingual learners.

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#21 Opportunity Before Ability

Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they prefer to think of themselves as modern day storytellers, continuing the long held tradition of using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and social change.

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#18 The Language We Use

Dr. Nicole Sparapani is an Assistant Professor at the University of California Davis and a faculty member of the MIND Institute The UC Davis MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, and treatment of the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

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#15 Learning Forward

Dr. Choy Sook Kuen is a mother of two sons Aaron and Joshua, and founder of Oasis Place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ‘s first and largest multi-disciplinary intervention center for children and adults with learning differences.

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#12 Special Education with Pat

Today I speak with Pat Noonan, a special educator from Massachusetts who, during the early days of online instruction, found a way to create lessons for his students that are engaging, interactive, and fun

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#10 JJ ‘s Squiggly Mind: An ADHD Children ‘s Story

Today I speak to Emmy Thamakaison, a rising Grade 12 student at International School Bangkok who wrote a bilingual children ‘s book about a child learning about his ADHD, what it means, how he can work with it, and what gifts it can bring him, because, yes, it can be

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#7 STEPS to an Inclusive World

In this time of COVID-19, let ‘s spend today talking about something positive. STEPS with Theera is a vocational training center in downton Bangkok for adults with special needs.

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#2 SENIA Virtual School Roundtable

We ‘ve all been thrown into our new teaching reality…we ‘ve gone virtual. It ‘s new, it ‘s tough, it ‘s exciting. While some of us are just starting our journeys, others have been doing it since all this started.

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#1 Behind Every Behavior with Jessica Minahan

I ‘m uber excited about today ‘s guest Jessica Minahan. Jessica is a special educator, Behavior Analyst, and author from Boston, Massachusetts. As educators, parents, and professionals, we seem to always wonder why kids do what they do; behavior-wise. Jessica breaks this down for us.

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