Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (004). I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Joshua Hyfler, a graduate school candidate in Applied Behavior Analysis (or ABA). Joshua also participates in our Team Inclusion Hangouts on Google Plus. Team Inclusion tries to meet once a month to discuss issues related to inclusive education and communities. If you are interested in joining us for one of our Thursday night discussions…email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure you are invited to our next event. For this conversation, Joshua and I discuss the meaning of Applied Behavior Analysis (what it is and what it isn't) as well as delve into some the deeper struggles therapists and people with disabilities have with the field of behaviorism. Just quick audio quality note…I use Skype for my phone interviews and this one has a little bit of a buzz…so I apologize in advance for those with sensitive ears. Saying that…I throughly enjoyed my conversation with Joshua and I know you will too. Let's get to the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.
Recording from my living room in beautiful Marietta, GA...you are listening to the Think Inclusive Podcast Episode (003). I am your host Tim Villegas. Today I will be speaking with Marvin, Sharon and Dana Fialco...authors of the Starabella book series. Starabella is a new series of books about a very courageous little girl with learning differences who expresses her thoughts and feelings through music. The books are based on the real life experiences of Marvin and Sharon's daughter, Tara who exhibited a surprising musical talent when she was very young but would later present perplexing challenges. Not able at the time to get a diagnosis, they were left with a mystery. Tara would not be diagnosed with autism until she turned 21. Tara, now an adult, went on to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education. The Fialco's and I discuss what is was like to observe Tara's amazing musical talent and how she developed her voice through melodies and lyrics. Dana Fialco, Tara's younger sister, describes what is was like growing up with Tara and what she has learned from having a sibling who was not like everyone else. All of this and more on the Think Inclusive Podcast...Thanks for listening.
Today I will be speaking with Nicole Eredics…co-host of the Inclusive Class Podcast on BlogTalkRadio.com. Nicole spent many years as a classroom teacher in British Columbia, Canada in a fully inclusive educational system before moving to the US a few years ago. Nicole and I discuss the differences between the Canadian and US educational system and their approaches to inclusion. We also talk about the most important ally for inclusion that a classroom teacher can have. All of this and more on the Think Inclusive Podcast…Thanks for listening.