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Welcome to Need to Know with Dana Jonson!  Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast so you get updates when new episodes are available.  You can find me on Instagram @specialed.life or you can email your questions and comments to me at dana@specialed.life.  I look forward to chatting with you!

Apr 29, 2020

The most important skill you need as a parent of a child with a disability is communication. Communication with your child, communication with outside providers, and communication with your school! Today we talk about important components of your communications and how to make them as clear, efficient, and successful as...


Apr 22, 2020

Executive functions (EF) are much more than just organization! We need executive functions to be able to be flexible, generate ideas, problem-solve, hold information in out brain while completing a task, manage task demands, and monitor one's own performance against some standard of what is needed or expected. Today we...


Apr 15, 2020

What you need to know about Animal Assisted Play Therapy™! Today we talk with Diane Dioguardi, LPC, RPT, CAAPT, about what animal play therapy is, how it works, and who should do it. Diane is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. She partners with...


Apr 8, 2020

Today we talk to Christine Lai whose journey as a parent led her to co-found Special Education Legal Fund (S.E.L.F.). We talk about challenges parents experience while advocating for their child(ren) and why they need special education legal services.

You can find Christine at Christine@spedlegalfund.org
You can find...


Apr 1, 2020

Today we are speaking with Randy Ewart, also known as the CT Sped Math Dude (CTSpedMathDude.com), and he is going to tell us what we need to know about math and special education. Randy is a veteran math teacher whose son’s diagnosis of Autism helped shape his path into special education. Today, Randy works with...