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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523502127
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 53,321
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 is typical for parents raising these exceptional kids sparked a transformation in Debbie’s 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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Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MAT7 More than 1 year ago
FINALLY.... A BOOK THAT MAKES SENSE Almost all parenting books out there leave us parents with differently wired kids feeling hopeless, guilty, ashamed, judged, defeated.... Left asking ourselves questions such as 'what am I doing wrong?', 'why do other parents make it look so easy?', 'will it get easier?' Then we take our children out into society and can see how the world not only judges our child, but us as parents. Everyone out there has the solution to 'fix' our child's unique traits (aka socially unacceptable traits). If we would just medicate, go to therapy, spend more time at home, punish, use stickers and token boards, be consistent, stop making excuses, and the list is endless. Does any of this sound familiar? If it does, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There is an entire community out here who understands and this book (and the tilt parenting website) starts joining us in one movement to change the way society thinks of and interacts with our different wired children. An exceptionally written book that guides you to start a new parenting journey. One with acceptance and joy of embracing our atypical children, regardless of label or diagnosis. It is a must-read, uplifting and inspiring book that was long overdue to be written. PLEASE buy the book, read the book then pass it on to someone else who is parenting in the shadows. This book should be shared with educators, therapists, doctors and anyone else that interacts with differently wired children. Together, we can make a difference and change the world for our children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have been blessed with a child that doesn’t seem to fit into what society calls ‘normal’, then you MUST read this book. Deborah Reber is on a mission to change the way others think about children she refers to as ‘differently wired’. She presents 18 practical strateiges, called ‘tilts’, to assist parents on the incredible (exhausting) journey raising these exceptional kids. As a society, we spend a lot of time, money and resources searching out a ‘label’ that will help our children with neuro-differences fit in. Typically the thought being once we know what the deficit is, we can then correct it. Deborah Reber writes this amazing book in an attempt to change that thought process, encouraging us to accept and embrace these ‘outside of the box’ children. And just because you may not be the parent of a differently wired child, you certainly know at least one. This book is guaranteed to change the way you think about and interact with differently wired children and their families. Thank you Deborah Reber for such an incredible book!
TashaDriver 9 months ago
This book was a comforting read for a single mother of a child with autism. Not only was the information plentiful, but it read like advice from a good friend as opposed to a book full of psychological mumbo-jumbo.
Beths-Books 12 months ago
I have read so many books about Autism and ADHD that I could throw up medical jargon for a year. I find them all to be the same, depressing and full of selfish parents. This book was a refreshing take on the world of parents of "Differently Wired" kids. There was hope among the chaos. I felt like I could connect to this mother and I knew all the struggles she was going through, because I had been there too. I don't think the mother asked once, "Why was this happening to me..." but gave the reader a sense that there is an end to all the tough times, you just have to support your child and learn what they need. I loved this book and would recommend it to any parent of a newly diagnosed differently wired child, or even to those who have been down that path, but need to know that they are not alone. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.