(I’m here to tell my story!)
Speaking Circuit – Susanna is currently booking for speaking engagements, panels and media segments for 2019-2020. She has presented to universities, schools, Fortune 500 firms, special needs organizations, mom groups, health & wellness forums and more. Based in Los Angeles, Susanna is available for both local and nationwide bookings. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for rates & availability.
Speaking Topics for 2019-2020
My Top 7 Tips for Self Care as a Special Needs Parent
Self care has been at the forefront of Susanna Peace Lovell’s journey as a special needs parent. She shares the top 7 tips that have helped her along the way : 1) Speak Your Truth, 2) Just Say No, 3) Release the Guilt, 4) Receive Help, 5) Let Go of Expectations, 6) Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable and 7) Finding Your Joy. What are the ways in which both YOU and your child / children can thrive?
A is for Arizona
Susanna Peace Lovell shares her journey in raising her now 12 year old daughter, Arizona, and her navigation through the worries and heartbreak of understanding the various diagnoses her daughter was given along the way: allergies, asthma, auditory processing disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety and more. Noticing that all of Arizona’s diagnoses happened to start with the letter A, Susanna had an epiphany: these “labels” didn’t define her daughter. A is for the perfect, whole & complete Arizona. Learn to fall in love with your child with differences; and you’ll fall in love with yourself in the process.
Conscious Uncoupling & Harmonious Co-Parenting
An estimated 75% of marriage in special needs households end in divorce, and the reason why that number isn’t higher due to the expense in managing multiple households when funds are largely allocated toward your child’s needs. Having a child with special needs is stresfful on a marriage and requires both parties to navigate a conscious and specific path through this challenging life together. As a long time married couple who ended up divorcing, Susanna Peace Lovell and her former husband had to invest their time and energy into making conscious choices about moving through life together and separately, all while keeping their daughter’s interests and well-being at the forefront. Susanna speaks about the power we have within to make choices for a more purposeful and joyful life for ourselves, regardless of our relationship status & circumstance.
Autism Awareness For Kids
Largely given as an interactive presentation in both classroom and family (parents + children) group settings, Susanna talks about living with autism and debunks many myths about what autism has to look like. She engages the group to think about all of our differences (interests, skills, dislikes, super powers, challenges, worries and more) and that none of us are the same (and, isn’t that so cool?). Susanna also talks about what autism is, in kid-friendly terms. Arizona (age 12) is also available to jump into the discussion, sharing with the group about what a “day in the life” is like for her. We cover the topics of:
1) it’s okay to be curious about people different than you!
2) Your brain lets you understand everything you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. The brain of a person with autism works differently — this might make it hard to talk, listen, understand, play and learn in the same way that others do.
3) Everyone with autism is different, the same way all children have differences. What does “spectrum” mean in autism spectrum disorder?
4) There are other ways to communicate besides talking verbally for people with autism to tell us what they know and want.
5) Autism awareness also includes: acceptance, understanding, empowerment, support, value, love and inclusion.