EP 74: Differently Wired Children. With Debbie Reber

Speaking with Debbie about neurodivergent children is always a delight. She is a wealth of information thanks to her own experience and must listen to anyone living or working with young children. 

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What We Talked About

  • What to do if you suspect your child is wired differently?
  • How to parent using a strength-based lens
  • Moving away from trying to ‘fix’ challenging behaviors and instead support ‘lagging skills’
  • What is a twice-exceptional child?
  • What are some red flags to be aware of with our children
  • The importance of honoring our child’s individual timeline.

Things to Remember

“Behavior is always an indication of a lagging skill, a nervous system that’s not being supported, and an unsolved problem.”

“We want to focus on strengths, where our children will spend most of their time as they grow up.”

“My entire parenting life has been one long journey of letting go.”

“Their brain is wired in a way that comes with unique experiences and how they navigate the world is just as valid as anybody else’s.”

“Take a deep breath, take a pause. Remember that there’s nothing broken here that needs to be fixed.”

– Debbie Reber

“All kids are gifted; some just open their packages earlier than others.” – Michael Carr

“Why would we segregate those who are differently wired? What message does that give those children?” – Dr. Mona Delahooke

Additional Resources

Brain-Body Parenting: How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids Hardcover by Mona Delahooke

Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World by Debbie Reber

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More About my Guest

Debbie Reber, MA is a parenting activist, bestselling author, podcast host, speaker, and the founder of Tilt Parenting, a resource for parents raising differently-wired children.

The Tilt Parenting Podcast has more than 4 million downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. A regular contributor to Psychology Today and ADDitude Magazine.

Debbie’s book is Differently Wired: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope.

In 2018 she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired.

Show Sponsor

This episode of The Art of Parenting is sponsored by Childhood Potential. Dedicated to Babies and Toddlers. To learn more about the full program and register for free or purchase the premium package click here.


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