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April 7th, 2024

Episode 267-Building Bridges from Classroom to Life for Neurodiverse Students with Transistion in Special Education with Diana Fannon

  1. Episode 267-Building Bridges from Classroom to Life for Neurodiverse Students with Transistion in Special Education with Diana Fannon Sara Gullihur-Bradford aka SJ Childs 37:49

Diana Fannon's life changed when epilepsy entered the scene, but it didn't stop her from becoming a beacon of hope in special education. As the founder of Disability Ed Pros, she joins us to share the nuances of crafting tailored educational experiences for children like hers and mine, who have had their own neurodiversity revelations later in life. Our heartfelt conversation traverses the role of self-advocacy, the subtleties of autism in girls, and how vital the alliance between parents and educational institutions is for the wellbeing of students with disabilities.

Navigating the special education system can feel like trying to read a map with no legend, but Diana illuminates the path with her insights on the power of written communication for parents. Keep your pens poised as we unravel the strategies for documenting every educational milestone and misstep, understanding the timelines for action, and the dual roles teachers play in the orchestra of your child's learning. This episode is a testament to the shared mission of educators and families, striving for an environment where every student can thrive.

As we gaze into the future, Diana and I discuss the pivotal transitions that await our children beyond the school gates. From elementary to middle school, then soaring into life after graduation, we dissect the importance of early planning, the diversity of post-school avenues, and California's educational system's unique paths to success. This episode isn't just a conversation; it's a treasure trove of resources, support, and a community that understands the journey of raising and educating children with disabilities. Join us for an episode that celebrates the victories, addresses the challenges, and empowers parents and educators alike.

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Sara Bradford Podcaster, aka SJ Childs

Sara Bradford is an Autistic woman and advocate and is the CEO of SJ Childs LLC, an autism consulting business to support families. She is a member of the Autism Council of Utah and also the owner of FB Autism Advocates Support Group. She is a mother of 2, and her husband and kids are also on the autism spectrum. She is a Global Autism Speaker, as well as a Podcast Host-The SJ Childs Show Podcast. She continues to strengthen her community through local university and hospital Autism partnerships, police training, corporate autism training programs, and more. Sara is a children's book author, pen name SJ Childs. Subjects such as autism, dyslexia, physical differences, anxiety, and more. Helping children understand themselves and support their peers with neurodiverse needs. Encouraging love and inclusion in every situation.

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