Team in Action

Donald Szegda 


  • Studied special education and school administration in the US.
  • Supervising a school with 140 multiply challenged students and 60+ staff and providing special education supervision services to other schools within the district.
  • Specialist in behavior and has provided consultation services to institutions and held numerous workshops.
  • Has prepared hundreds of sensory motor programs for families through clinics in:
    • USA
    • Belgium
    • Germany
    • Austria
    • France
    • Spain
    • Finland
  • Has been an inspiring and popular lecturer at seminars and conferences as well as to smaller groups at day care centers and schools.
  • Was Chief executive Officer and President of Community Interactions Inc. ( )that provides services for over 250 adults  with intellectual disabilities.
  • Sadly we got the following news in January 2021:

Donald T. Szegda, 78, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at his home in Stone Harbor, NJ. Widowed, Mr. Szegda is survived by his two sons, Matthew and David, their respective wives, Rebecca and Mimi, along with three grandchildren, Desmond, Minka, and Ryan, all of Stone Harbor and Cape May Court House. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia (Drennen), in 2015. Raised in Chester, PA, Donald was the second son of John and Catherine (Kasper) Szegda. He was a prolific baseball and basketball star at Chester High School. A graduate of Gettysburg College, Donald later earned numerous Masters Degrees from Villanova, Temple, and Lehigh Universities, all in the field of education. His life’s work was teaching and learning, specifically with those with special needs. He was an athlete, an educator, a father, grandfather, and friend. He was a selfless man, a reflective and reassuring communicator, equally passionate about his work and his family. An avid reader and thinker, Don was most comfortable at the shore, the waves and sand serving as a backdrop to a life served helping others

Erja Hokkanen

  • Mother of a child with special needs
  • Optometrist and Orthoptist; with studies also in special education
  • Participated in rehabilitation, functional vision, early intervention program for visually impaired children, neuropsychology, nutrition and challenging behavior training sessions.
  • Has worked, for over 20 years, closely with hundreds of families with disabled children and professionals through association work in Finland and at clinics in Belgium and France.
  • Currently in charge of the Apua Arkeen ry organization at the Nurmijärvi resource center.

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  • A special education teacher in Lieksa.
  • While working as the principal of the Pielinen school, implemented SeMoCo exercises in her school.
  • Is in charge of the resource center in Eastern Finland.

In addition there are a physiotherapist and a speech therapist available who can be consulted when necessary.