Debbie Reber: Parental Awareness of Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders | Raising Parents #14

In this episode of Raising Parents, host Dina Sargeant is joined by Deborah (Debbie) Reber, a parenting activist, bestselling author, speaker, and the CEO and founder of TiLT Parenting.

Raising a child with a disability can be challenging and isolating, but finding a supportive community of like-minded parents can make all the difference in navigating this journey. 

Meet Deborah (Debbie) Reber

Debbie Reber is a remarkable parent activist, best-selling author, and the founder of Tilt Parenting — a thriving community and resource center focused on neurodiversity. Her journey as a parent of a neurodiverse child led her to shift her focus toward creating valuable resources for other parents facing similar challenges. Debbie helps parents appreciate and support their neurodivergent children. She advocates for inclusive environments that benefit all kids, regardless of their differences.

About the episode

In this episode hosted by Dina Sargeant, Debbie sheds light on the misconceptions surrounding neurodivergence. Debbie emphasized the importance of understanding and accepting neurodivergence in children. She suggested using the term “neurodivergent” instead of “disordered” to promote positivity. 

Debbie talked about how parenting has evolved to being mentor-like, with parents guiding and motivating their children to be independent. She also discussed the challenge of accessing suitable resources and support for kids with specific needs.

Lastly, Reber highlighted that educators should use appropriate classroom terminology and support their neurodivergent students to promote an inclusive, positive learning experience.

In conclusion

Our choice of language can impact our perception of individuals with different ways of thinking. Opting for “neurodivergence” instead of “disorder” encourages a positive mindset toward diversity. Supporting neurodivergent children can be difficult, but parents can create inclusive learning environments and advocate for their needs. As society’s understanding of neurodivergence grows, parents are crucial in promoting acceptance.

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