Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

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

Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

by Deborah Reber


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It’s time to say NO to trying to fit square-peg kids into rounds holes, and YES to raising them from a place of acceptance and joy.

Today millions of kids are stuck in a world that doesn’t embrace who they really are. They are the one in five “differently wired” children with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neurodifferences, and their challenges are many. And for the parents who love them, the challenges are just as numerous, as they struggle to find the right school, the right support, the right path.
But now there’s hope. Differently Wired is a revolutionary book—weaving together personal stories and a tool kit of expert advice from author Deborah Reber, it’s a how-to, a manifesto, and a reassuring companion for parents who can so often feel that they have no place to turn.

At the heart of Differently Wired are 18 paradigm-shifting ideas—what the author calls “tilts,” which include how to accept and lean in to your role as a parent (#2: Get Out of Isolation and Connect). Deal with the challenges of parenting a differently wired child (#5: Parent from a Place of Possibility Instead of Fear). Support yourself (#11: Let Go of Your Impossible Expectations for Who You “Should” Be as a Parent). And seek community (#18: If It Doesn’t Exist, Create It).

Taken together, it’s a lifesaving program to shift our thinking and actions in a way that not only improves the family dynamic, but also allows children to fully realize their best selves.
“In this generous and urgent book, Deborah Reber lets the light in. She helps parents see that they’re not alone, and even better, delivers a positive action plan that will change lives.”—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
“Differently Wired will help parents of children who think differently to accept their child for who they are and facilitate their successful development.”—Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523502127
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,135,434
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Deborah Reber is a bestselling author, certified life coach, and speaker who has spent the past fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens. However, raising a twice-exceptional son and experiencing the heartaches, headaches, confusion, and unexpected gifts that are typical for parents raising these exceptional kids sparked a transformation in her passion and led to a conscious shift from the realm of teen advocacy to the world of supporting the millions of parents who are raising unique kids. She launched TiLT Parenting—a website, podcast, and social media community—in April 2016, where she is building a community of supportive parents of neurodiverse children.

Table of Contents

A Differently Wired World v

Part 1 A Rallying Cry

Chapter 1 An Unmarked Path 3

Chapter 2 The New Normal 19

Chapter 3 Square Pegs in Round Holes 42

Chapter 4 What's Keeping Us Stuck 58

Chapter 5 It's Time for Something New 80

Part 2 How Everything Can Change

Tilt 1 Question Everything You Thought You Knew About Parenting 85

Tilt 2 Get Out of Isolation and Connect 94

Tilt 3 Let Go of What Others Think 104

Tilt 4 Stop Fighting Who Your Child Is and Lean In 114

Tilt 5 Parent from a Place of Possibility Instead of Fear 124

Tilt 6 Let Your Child Be on Their Own Time Line 134

Tilt 7 Become Fluent in Your Child's Language 145

Tilt 8 Create a World Where Your Child Can Be Secure 156

Tilt 9 Give (Loud and Unapologetic) Voice to Your Reality 165

Tilt 10 Practice Relentless Self-Care 174

Tilt 11 Let Go of Your Impossible Expectations for Who You "Should" Be as a Parent 184

Till 12 Make a Ruckus When You Need To 194

Tilt 13 Align with Your Partner 203

Tilt 14 Find Your People (and Ditch the Rest) 214

Tilt 15 Recognize How Your Energy Affects Your Child 225

Tilt 16 Show Up and Live in the Present 236

Tilt 17 Help Your Kids Embrace Self-Discovery 245

Tilt 18 If It Doesn't Exist, Create It 256

Epilogue: Join the Revolution 265

Acknowledgments 266

Selected Sources 268

Favorite Resources 269

Book Club Discussion Questions 272

Index 273

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