Eps 145: Deborah Reber is on Talking About Raising Differently Wired Kids

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Today’s guest is Deborah Reber, mother of an autistic son, founder of Tilt Parenting to help parents find more peace, joy and support along the way while parenting an atypical child in a conventional world. We are discussing her new book. Join us!

“It’s hard to know what to do when you realize your kid is atypical.”

“Kids who are exceptional really just means the exception”

“We have to battle our insecurities maybe a little bit more because what we are doing isn’t necessarily working.”

“Behavior is all information. It isn’t personal.”

“Judgment is where we create separation.”

What you’ll hear in this episode:


  • The loneliness of raising a differently wired kid

  • Accommodating kids with invisible differences

  • Introversion vs extroversion and how they are perceived in the classroom

  • Applying positive discipline parenting philosophies to differently wired kids

  • Managing expectations in problem solving when raising neuro atypical kids

  • Becoming aware of our own judgements of other people’s children

  • How to be a support when you see a child acting out in public

  • Approaching neuro differences as parents and discussing them with our kids

  • Educators and parents of neuro-typical kids as allies to parents of neuro atypical kids

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I just keep thinking bravery. I think the parents who are raising kids who are moving through the world a little differently have to be brave even when they don’t feel brave and so I would say, “Keep going back in, when we have a bad day and showing up and being present with bravery. Presence and bravery. Presence has been the thing that has changed my experience with Asher more than any other tool and it’s in the presence that I’ve been able to find joy in our parenting together.


Differently Wired

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Tilt Parenting l Facebook l Twitter l Instagram 


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