The Special Ed Files

The Special Ed Files

If you're touched in any way by the life of a child with a disability, this podcast is for you. Each week, hosts Julie Swanson and Jennifer Laviano pull back the curtain on what really happens in special education. The Special Ed Files will explore real-world examples in special education, explain where mistakes were made, explain where the law was violated, and help listeners avoid making these mistakes. The podcast hopes to demystify the federal law that governs special education, and change the lives of children with disabilities by empowering the adults who work with them. This podcast is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio, and the first season was produced by Bryan Murphy. The second season is produced by Paul Ashton. To learn more about Julie and Jen's work, visit YourSpecialEducationRights.com. Executive producer is David DesRoches, director of community programming.

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May 4, 2021 37 min
Jen and Julie dive into the United States Supreme Court case of Endrew F. v Douglas County School District. This was a court case from 2017 that discussed the level of educational benefits school districts should provide students with disabilities as defined by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of ...
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Ricky is a child who has experiences of being restrained by the adults in his public school program. By the time a child is restrained and/or secluded regularly at school, it should be a sign that something is not working. Listen in as we address this important and difficult hot topic, along with discussing the incidents with Ricky’s mother, Stephanie, and learning how he’s doing now. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRo...
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Poppy is a third grade student with ADHD who is always in repeatedly violating other her peer’s physical and social boundaries. Poppy became “that” kid to her classmates and a crisis ensued. Join us and our special guest, Robin Fox, a social emotional educator who teaches us the 1-2-3 Done technique.You can check out Robin's website, which is www.social-eyes.org. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podc...
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February 23, 2021 37 min
Lenny is a high school student diagnosed with Aspergers disorder who was being mistreated by his peers and was mistaking it for friendship. Join us and our first guest, Robin Fox, a social emotional educator, as we share how to incorporate social skills into the IEP. You can check out Robin's website, which is www.social-eyes.org. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy ...
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February 9, 2021 24 min
Shanika is a 5 year old whose neurological impairments required her to have a highly trained para professional. When the lack of appropriate support resulted in regression, Shanika’s school began papering the file with unfounded speculations. Was there a setup under way?   The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio....
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February 2, 2021 26 min
Danny is an 8 year old with cerebral palsy and extremely limited communication skills resulting in frustration and maladaptive behaviors. Listen to Jen and Julie discuss what happens when Danny’s parents tried to secure a communication device for him.   The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio. Learn more about yo...
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January 26, 2021 28 min
Cai is a teenage girl with anxiety and social deficits. The school district agreed to grant her parents an independent language evaluation to understand what interventions should be in place to address her lagging social skills. But something wasn’t adding up with the completed language report. What was the district concealing? Jen and Julie lay out a tale of a misrepresentation of the truth that could have changed the course of Ca...
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January 19, 2021 37 min
Devorah is 18, has Williams’ syndrome and is excited to move onto transition programming. The problem is that the school district insists she attend the district’s program housed in a wing of Devorah’s elementary school. Will Devorah be forced to go back to grade school to prepare for adulthood?  The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of the Quinnipiac Un...
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January 12, 2021 39 min
Pablo is a 7th grade student with an anxiety disorder exhibiting aggressive behaviors with students and staff and even escalating to escaping the building. Fearing for the safety of the students, staff and Pablo, the principal was at his wit’s end. What did the principal do? How did things turn out for Pablo? Jen and Julie reveal the tale of Pablo and the Principal. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podca...
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January 5, 2021 27 min
Pavit is in elementary school, has ADHD and is a struggling reader. The school team insisted his inability to sustain attention is at the heart of his reading challenges and encouraged his parents to medicate Pavit. His parents shared concerns that something else was going on. Was it his ADHD or was something else? Can the team insist on medication? Find out when Jen and Julie unfold the story of Pavit and the Pill Pushers. The Spe...
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December 8, 2020 37 min
Gigi, a 6 year old girl with autism, whose parents were concerned about a dangerous behavior that her school team claimed was not happening. Jen and Julie discuss the actions that can be taken for parents if a school is not acknowledging the actions of a child with a disability. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast ...
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December 1, 2020 35 min
The Rogers are the parents of a 4th grader, who is suspected of having a reading disability. This is how their inadvertent recording of a discussion among the school team resulted in getting him an outside evaluation. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad...
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November 24, 2020 39 min
Podcast Anchor Julie Swanson recalls the uphill battle she faced when her own son was diagnosed with autism, and the shocking note she discovered when she obtained his educational records. This is also the story of how podcast anchors Julie and Jen first met. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio. Learn more ab...
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November 17, 2020 29 min
“Felicia,” a 10th grader with Down Syndrome, has an IEP rich with adaptive daily living skills. Jen and Julie describe how one simple oversight can derail a critical safety skill. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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November 10, 2020 34 min
“Marco,” a 5th grader with ADHD, needs serious changes to his IEP for middle school to avert further emotional distress. In this episode we encounter a brave school nurse who becomes an unsung hero. Jen and Julie describe how appropriate special ed planning early in a student’s career saves money for families, schools and society in the long run. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Br...
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November 3, 2020 31 min
“Tina,” a 4th grade student with autism who struggles to make connections with students. Jen and Julie describe a heart wrenching playground episode that helps listeners understand that advocating for the fascilitation of social skills can be critical to a student’s overall success in school and beyond. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a production of the Quinni...
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October 27, 2020 31 min
“Bobby,” an elementary school student with cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability attends a graduation ceremony where one teacher’s absolute best intentions go horribly awry.  Jen and Julie describe how forethought and planning in the IEP process can avert unintended exclusion and heartache while adhering to the law. The Special Ed Files is directed by David DesRoches, and the podcast is produced by Bryan Murphy and is a pro...
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October 20, 2020 37 min
“Mary,” a middle school student with autism and intellectual disabilities tends to wander off during the school day. In the premier episode of The Special Ed Files, Jen and Julie tell a harrowing and true tale about how things can go dangerously wrong - and how to prevent it from happening to others. A common theme of this podcast is how working collaboratively as a team of parents, teachers and professionals heads off problems dow...
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July 21, 2020 1 min
Jen and Julie share quirky, funny and sometimes heartbreaking stories from their forty-plus collective years advocating on behalf of student with disabilities. They created this podcast to share wisdom and insight in an attempt to help parents, educators and other professionals steer clear of special education pitfalls. Their hope is that, through these stories, they shine a light on the bright future that is possible for these stu...
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