344. Differently Wired Kids with Deborah Reber

Parenting neurodivergent kids can be a unique journey full of challenges and triumphs. For this discussion, we have the pleasure of being joined by Debbie Reber, the author of a book that is breaking the mold! Differently Wired: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope takes an innovative approach by focusing solely on the parent’s experience and empowering them with the tools to take care of themselves while responding to their neurodivergent child in ways that are better for everyone involved. Debbie breaks down why nurturing a foundation of understanding with your child makes it so much easier to work through the challenging times and shares an important message: being neurodivergent is a difference that’s worth celebrating. 

Listen and Learn:

  • The philosophical shift Debbie has encouraged from viewing neurodivergent kids as a problem that needs fixing to a difference worthy of celebrating
  • What does being differently wired encompass?
  • How learning more about her neurodivergent child has transformed Debbie’s parenting
  • Self-conscious versus conscious parenting in the context of raising differently-wired kids 
  • How to become better attuned to your kid and use this deeper level of understanding to capitalize on skill development and learning opportunities 
  • Meaningful ‘conscious maintenance’ for parents to shift their thinking mindset and expectations
  • How mainstream parenting guidance can be frustrating for parents of differently-wired kids and where Debbie feels they could do better?


About Deborah Reber

Debbie Reber, MA is a parenting activist, bestselling author, speaker, and the CEO and founder of Tilt Parenting, a resource, top-performing podcast, consultancy, and community with a focus on shifting the paradigm for parents raising and embracing neurodivergent children. Her most recent book, Differently Wired: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope, came out in June 2018. After living abroad in the Netherlands for five years, Debbie, her husband, and differently wired teen moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2019. Debbie is an avid runner, traveler, and hiker, and claims reality shows as her guiltiest of pleasures.

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Episode 344