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Danielle Sullivan

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LGBTQ In the Autism Community With Guest Danielle Sullivan

Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Episode 80: LGBTQ In the Autism Community With Guest Danielle Sullivan In this episode, Danielle Sullivan discusses the gender and sexuality spectrum in the autism community. LGBTQ is very common in the autism community. There is also a high number of individuals who are autistic in the LGBTQ community. Individuals in the LGBTQ community have a higher likelihood of depression, anxiety, and suicidality as are individuals who are autistic. Therefore, support is really important. Start talking to your children about gender early. Start talking with young children about pronouns and demonstrate use of pronouns respectfully in daily life. Identify people you don’t know with “they.” Show that you get to decide your own gender and pronouns. Use the pronouns people ask you to use for them. Talk about how different bodies are different. Read books to the kids about conception and birth that are not gendered. Let them know that just because a body looks a certain way, we can’t assume that we know the status of the body’s reproductive organs. Read diverse books and watch diverse TV. Remember, you will not hurt your child by talking to them about sex. The more familiar they are with their body, the less likely they will experience sexual assault. Sex education is important. Start it at home at an age appropriate level. Don’t depend on school sex ed. To support your child in coming out, know your location (state/country) and if it safe. Show your child that you know they are valid and you see them and you know them and one day it will be safe to come out. If your child is one of the first trans kids in their school to come out, consider going into the school and talking to the teacher and principal ahead of time to tell them about their pronouns and answer any questions they have. Provide them with a list of commonly asked questions and ways they can answer them, if other children have questions. Consider doing an informative presentation with your child in their class. Find support groups online. Find LGBTQ friends for your children. In her experience, most kids disclose easily to their friends, with relatively little difficulty. Talk with your child that fitting in may not be the goals, but rather being your authentic self may be their goal. Children may even already have a friend who has come out. For younger kids, just reassure them that they are loved and supported. A friend will be your friend regardless of what you are dressed in or wearing makeup and if not, they are bad friends. A friend supports you and is there for you. For coming out to family, the child’s joy and wellbeing may be more important to you than what family members think, or their opinions. Family are grownups and are responsible for themselves. You are the parent and are responsible for your child’s wellbeing. It is your job as a parent to support your child.  If a child’s gender and sexuality are not being authenticated, suicide rates rise. It is your job as a parent to inform your child that there is nothing wrong with them. They are celebrated for who they are. Anyone who has a problem with that, is the problem. To support your children, listen to them. Get them in groups with other autistic peers and/or support or friends group with other LGBTQ children. Local autism society chapters often have peer social groups for children and teens. Ask other parents where they are getting their support. Consider therapists for autistic LBGTQ support. To reduce transphobia and homophobia in the community, try to get the school library to have LGBTQ resources in it, see if the school can celebrate LGBTQ holidays. Ensure that the school is offering disciplinary behavior to exclusionary or discriminatory teachers. Get support from other parents and group up to make your voices heard. As far as therapists, they are supposed to be supporting your child. If they are homophobic, they are actively harming your child. It is helpful to decide if the therapy they are doing is worth the damage there are doing to your child. Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Books: Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love What Makes A Baby by Cory Silverberg I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings It Feels Good To Be Yourself By Teresa Thorn and Nicke Grigni Podcast Episodes One Bad Mother Episode 383 One Bad Mother Episode 385 One Bad Mother Episode 388 Organization for Autism Research Sex Ed for Self Advocates Autistic Women and Nonbinary network Trans Autistic Healthcare guide The Autistic Self Advocacy Network Guide to Holding Inclusive Events Email us if you have any questions or ideas! We are now on instagram! Check out updates on our website. Follow Thriving on Twitter. Check us out on Facebook! We are also on Pinterest! Please subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store, or wherever you find your podcasts, Leave us a 5-star review, to help us know what you like and what you don't like, and to make sure other like-minded people find support through this podcast. Show Music: Intro Outro: Intro Outro 2 by Mattias Lahoud under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Theme Song: 90s rock style by monkeyman535 under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Self Care Song: Green and Orange No Water by Duncan Alex under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Hosted by: Jessica Temple  Disclaimer: Our show is not designed to provide listeners with specific or personal legal, medical, or professional services or advice. Parents of children with health issues should always consult their health care provider for medical advice, medication, or treatment. Copyright 2021 Jessica Temple

29mins

11 Mar 2021

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Living With Autism While Parenting Special Needs Children With Guest Danielle Sullivan

Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Episode 79: Living With Autism While Parenting Special Needs Kids With Guest Danielle Sullivan In this episode, we discuss inclusivity, organizational tools for special needs parents, and living as a parent with autism. Guest Danielle Sullivan discusses that all places should be as accessible and inclusive as possible, even for invisible disabilities. The world needs to consider light, noise, and visual clutter as well as physical disabilities. Listen to others when they suggest ways to be more inclusive. Awareness is key. Acknowledge and expect that people will behave differently. Model acceptance of different kinds of behaviors. Remember, differences are not harmful, they are just differences. Consider doing presentations in your child’s classroom about neurodiversity to assist with open-mindedness for the other children. Get involved in your local education system to see what change you can make toward inclusivity. Advocate for sensory friendly times and activities in your area. Suggest that paces offer sensory friendly bags with headphones and other sensory friendly objects. Clinics that offer autism evaluations could provide more evaluators to ensure it takes less time to get an autism evaluation. Danielle was diagnosed with autism as an adult, as once her oldest child was diagnosed with ASD, as she began to see a lot of herself in him. She experienced depression and anxiety and sensory meltdowns (which she thought were panic attacks). It was helpful for her to find out that she was autistic. As far as having a leg-up on parenting, she feels that she understands her son well, and can figure out why he gets stuck and how to help him through it. She understood him better when he was learning to talk. They both have sensory processing and auditory issues, think in certain similar ways, are sensitive to certain stimuli, and have similar difficulties with social niceties, which helps her to be closer to her son and be able to parent him with more understanding. She finds it helpful to be able to hyperfixate when needed. She finds it helpful to notice what is absolutely necessary and not necessary for interacting with others, prioritizing, and maximizing her use of her energy with her kids, prioritizing their sensory needs. The biggest challenge of having autism and parenting is the amount of noise, touch overwhelm, the effects of sleep deprivation hits her differently, and more difficulty adapting to changes in routine. Coping skills that have helped her include neurodiversity resources, focusing on scheduling, prioritizing basic needs, reducing sensory input, setting up signals to her partner that she needs a break, getting headphones and earplugs for herself, having sensory fidgets, and explaining her triggers to her kids. To help her child with auditory processing disorder, she may touch him or physically guide him to help him follow instructions, touch him on the shoulder, get in his space to make sure he realizes she is there, get closer to him, make sure he sees her mouth, repeat herself as needed, slow down, enunciate, turn off other noise, and make sure he has noticed that she is talking to him. For creating household systems for neurodivergent individuals, she uses a loose routine, smaller routines that she can use at points during the day but are adaptable, breaks things down based on their priority to the family, focuses on what the kids need, builds in breaks, and has helpers like a list of food options, a list for every room she needs to clean, a shared google calendar, communication apps, and lots of lists. These systems can from trial and error and figuring out where she ran into problems the most. Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email us if you have any questions or ideas! We are now on instagram! Check out updates on our website. Follow Thriving on Twitter. Check us out on Facebook! We are also on Pinterest! Please subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store, or wherever you find your podcasts, Leave us a 5-star review, to help us know what you like and what you don't like, and to make sure other like-minded people find support through this podcast. Show Music: Intro Outro: Intro Outro 2 by Mattias Lahoud under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Theme Song: 90s rock style by monkeyman535 under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Self Care Song: Green and Orange No Water by Duncan Alex under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Hosted by: Jessica Temple  Disclaimer: Our show is not designed to provide listeners with specific or personal legal, medical, or professional services or advice. Parents of children with health issues should always consult their health care provider for medical advice, medication, or treatment. Copyright 2021 Jessica Temple

49mins

4 Mar 2021

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Have you been homeschooling? - Danielle Sullivan (S02E18)

One Simple Question

An autistic mother on how she and her neurodiverse family operate in a stigmatised world.

28mins

23 Feb 2021

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Season 7: Episode 15 – Danielle Sullivan from Curriculum Associates on Learner Agency

TLTalkRadio

In this episode, we are speaking with Danielle Sullivan from Curriculum Associates. Danielle is a National Director, Content and Implementation, at Curriculum Associates. Before her current role, she worked as an educational consultant, a special education teacher, and a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill. Fun fact, she used to be in an improv comedy troupe!  Here is what we talked about: Let’s…Read more

16mins

27 Nov 2020

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Ep 87: Big Ideas in Education Technology (Segment 9): Integration of hybrid learning with Danielle Sullivan of Curriculum Associates

Big Ideas in Education

Don't just listen, join the conversation! Tweet us at @AcademicaMedia or with the hashtag #BigIdeasinEducation with questions or new topics you want to see discussed. This week, we continue our series of interviews with Ed Tech innovators from the Future of Education Technology conference in Miami Beach, Florida. Our guest on the program this week is Danielle Sullivan, National Director, Content and Implementation at Curriculum Associates. Danielle talks about the implementation of digital content versus the value of note taking to retain information. Danielle also talks about Curriculum Associates and the benefits of integrating both new and old school learning modalities into the classroom. Tune in! You can find out more about our guests’ work by visiting https://www.curriculumassociates.com/ Hosts: Ryan Kairalla (@ryankair); Sarah Boulos Fye (@readwithfye) Producer: Ross Ulysse

14mins

7 Sep 2020

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Chill Chats | Ep. 8 - Long Distance Relationships/Essential Workers - Ft. Danielle Sullivan

Chill Chats

On Episode 8 of Chill Chats with Zoe & Andrew we bring on our Number 1 fan - Danielle Sullivan to discuss her life as an essential worker during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and her views on Long Distance Dating. Please sit, back, grab a glass of wine, or water... and Enjoy!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

38mins

12 Aug 2020

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Episode 12: Party life and Politics with Danielle Sullivan

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Today we have an extremely special guest who knows me better than most. We discuss everything from party life, a popular bar that is the new hotspot on Long Island, and politics within organizations and today's state of dismay! Enjoy as we listen to Sully give her perspective on things.

33mins

25 Jun 2020