A mother of an autistic son, Deborah Reber is well aware that parenting an atypical child in a conventional world is an often lonely and difficult journey. Fueled by a desire to change that, she founded TiLT Parenting in 2016 as a first step in shifting the conversation and to help parents find more peace, joy, and support along the way. What first started as a weekly podcast has grown into a thriving global community dedicated to embracing and supporting who their kids are, no matter what.
DIFFERENTLY WIRED: Raising an Exceptional Kid in a Conventional World [Workman Publishing; June 2018; $26.95] by New York Times bestselling author Deborah Reber expands on TiLT’s mission, offering a new path for parents of neurodiverse kids. Laying out a vision for redefining how differently wired children are perceived in the world, Reber asks parents to shift their thinking and actions in a way that will not only change the family dynamic but will allow for these children to fully realize their best selves. This is a book about saying no to trying to fit these square peg kids into round holes; saying no to educational and social systems that don’t respect and support them; and saying yes to the gift these unique children have to offer- and everything that goes along with it.
DIFFERENTLY WIRED ‘s frank and powerful discussion of the challenges facing families with neurodiverse children is followed by 18 shifts – called “Tilts” – aimed to positively alter the day-to-day reality. The only thing they require is a willingness to be open and reflective, and the ability to question perceived notions. Tilts include:
- Letting go of your impossible expectations for who you “should” be as a parent
- Aligning with your partner
- Becoming fluent in your child’s language
- Creating a world where your child can be secure
- Parenting from a place of possibility instead of fear
Poised to do what Quiet did for introverts, DIFFERENTLY WIRED is going to change the conversation. If you’d like to be a part of it, contact me at 212.614.7505/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Deborah Reber
Deborah Reber is a New York Times bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker who changed her career dramatically in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a website, weekly podcast, and social media company for parents like her who are raising differently wired children. The TiLT Parenting Podcast has grown to be a top podcast in iTunes’ Kids and Family category, with more than 150,000 downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. Debbie’s next book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World (Workman Publishing, 2018).
Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent the past fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens. In doing so, she built a successful brand as a teen authority, was frequently interviewed and spoke about issues like media literacy, self-esteem, and confidence, and consulted for clients including the Girl Scouts, the Disney Channel, McGraw Hill, and Kaplan.
Before becoming a writer and coach, Debbie worked in TV and video production, producing documentaries and PSAs for CARE and UNICEF, working on Blue’s Clues for Nickelodeon in New York, and developing original series for Cartoon Network in Los Angeles. She has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
In the summer of 2013, she moved from Seattle to Amsterdam, where she currently lives with her husband Derin and homeschools her 13-year-old son Asher. You can read more about her at debbiereber.net and tiltparenting.com.