Mental Health Presentations & Autism Coaching

Lecturing in Shunde, China (2019)

Danielle M. Ryer, MSW Not the Stage “DR.”!

Motivational and Psychoeducational Speaking

I am an autistic MSW. I do not currently have a clinical license, but I previously interned as a counselor in graduate school. I am not a doctor, I just play one on stage as a hobby! (“DR” is my initials.) I do not provide therapy or any direct clinical services. I deliberately chose not to separate my comedy website from my professional page because my work as a woman who remains in humorous spirits, regardless of how I am feeling, is part of who I am.

I am a Master Social Worker (MSW). I am a current psychoeducator on YouTube, a stand-up comedienne, and a former radio DJ on 91.5 WDBK. I provide cultural competency education about autism, ADHD, and related conditions to administrators, providers, families, and shareholders, as well as individual and group coaching services. I have been a public speaker for nearly a decade, from all around South Jersey and the Philadelphia area to all the way in Guangzhou, China (see image above).

I do not just lecture about autism. The topics I cover include:
* Stress management
* What to do when ……
* “What does this mean?” and general autism education/Q&A
* Crisis Intervention Support
* Dialectical Behavioral Skills
* How to be real, but optimistic (“all vibes welcome here”)
* And more…

Individual & Family Coaching Services

Living as an autistic myself, I provide clinician support, industry support, individual, group & family coaching support as well as motivational speaking, group education, and group coaching as a peer/paraprofessional.

I am informed by research on family of origin, traumatic bonding, and educating individuals from healing from shame; a common theme in autistic families. I have years of crisis intervention experience, traditional clinical social work, teaching, and general work with people with disabilities (especially ASD) professionally, and I share an abundance from my own experience in healing and growth. As a speaker, I embrace the benefits that come from radical vulnerability.

While I view autism as a gift, it can also come with challenges that may impede the gifts shining through. I know that it can be difficult living with someone different from you, but I also believe in setting families up to succeed and thrive happily, and plant seeds of hope for a bright future. I believe that anyone, with the right guidance, can lead a happy life.

No two people are alike, but I am able to relate well to the experience of being an autistic child because I was one, and am now an autistic adult. I believe we grow with autism, and grow strong either because of, or in spite of the trials we face as people with disabilities.

As a consultant, I give feedback on what certain behaviors communicate, and responses or interventions that can set the person and family up for success. I will share my own experience and translate what behaviors are intended to communicate, and how to intervene effectively and compassionately in situations of emotional crisis, without getting overwhelmed yourself.

My approach is stim-friendly – which means I don’t wish to alter coping mechanisms, but rather to explain the value of them and help you or your family member advocate for their rights to exist in this world as-is, and follow the trail of acceptance, rather than chiseling yourself to fit a mold.

I have worked with various institutions including but not limited to Rowan University, the National Association of Social Workers, and various other institutions to provide advocacy and support to the autistic community.

My Role

I will share my own experience and translate what behaviors are intended to communicate, and how to intervene effectively and compassionately in situations of emotional crisis, without getting overwhelmed yourself.

I can serve as an advocate, mentor, social service broker, public speaker, and general educator about autism and other mental health problems. Essentially, a peer support professional. My role is to be an advocate for you and your child, and help educate you about the autistic experience from the perspective of an autistic adult and point you in the direction of services you might need, and empower you to meet your own needs and avoid caretaker burnout. I ask specific questions geared towards helping determine needs and learning about any history that still applies to the struggles in the present.



Goals of Coaching

Here’s what we can build on together!

  • A stronger mutual understanding between you and your family member.
  • Less burnout for you. More time to spend doing what you love. More life. Less bitterness. Less caretaking. More motivation.
  • Better access and communication with other services (schools, therapists, social service agencies).
  • Networking for resources outside of coaching
  • To get to the point where you no longer need coaching!!



Motivational Speaking

Danielle lecturing students in Guangzhou, China

I have been a public speaker for more than six years, from all around South Jersey and the Philadelphia area to all the way in Guangzhou, China (see image on the right). I have a podcast/radio show on 91.5 WDBK about positive psychology, mental health, comedy, and social work.

The topics I cover include:
* Understanding what it’s like to be autistic, and how you can be a supportive friend/coworker/family member/teacher/therapist/mentor/advisor
* Stress management
* What to do when ……
* “What does this mean?” and general autism education/Q&A
* Crisis Intervention Support
* Dialectical Behavioral Skills
* And more… (I can work with your needs!)
* How to effectively serve students who require accommodations; diversity & inclusion training
* Comorbid disabilities
* Living and thriving well (with or without a disability!) / general motivational speaking

I have been speaking and presenting in public since 2012. The basis of my work as a speaker is to educate professionals on autism-friendly service delivery, with respect to individual differences. I address police forces, social service agencies, classrooms, schools/colleges/universities (both special education and mainstream), and anywhere else my services can be provided. My contact email can be found at the bottom of this page.

Support Groups

I provide non-clinical, non-psychiatric support groups for individuals and families. Groups populate based on needs, current group cohesion, and overall fit. Common themes in the past include: Self-care, caregiver burnout, building ourselves, and setting children up for success.

Formal Training
* Suicide, Risk Assessment, & De-Escalation
* Dementia & Alzheimer’s Sensitivity
* Autism & Related Conditions, Other Disabilities, Medical Health Impairments
* Supervising and coaching people with disabilities
* Babysitting/Childcare
* Public Speaking

Other Links out
-> Autism Speech on 91.5 WDBK
-> More about Danielle



If you have any further questions about my work or credentials, I welcome contact!

Facebook Page (Can Contact Me Here), or… Gmail: asdquestion