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6 People Changing the World of Learning Differences and Special Needs


What you need to know about their work, from anxiety to ADHD

Published on: April 05, 2018

6 People Changing the World of Learning Differences and Special Needs


Deborah Reber and her son
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Deborah Reber and her son Asher. Photo credit: Tilt Parenting Podcast

Deborah Reber — Neurologically Atypical 

When people find the Tilt Parenting Podcast, they feel like they’ve found their tribe, says founder Deborah Reber. She created the podcast to give parents like her — those raising neurologically atypical or “differently wired” kids — access to information and inspiration to help them support a child who doesn’t conform. 

Since 2016, she’s interviewed more than 70 experts in the special needs community and continues to release new episodes weekly. Reber also talks about her own life on the podcast including how she parents and homeschools her 13-year-old son, Asher.

Asher is twice exceptional, which, Reber explains, is a label that describes people who are intellectually gifted while also having one or more learning differences. Asher's giftedness is coupled with diagnoses of Asperger's and ADHD. He’s an occasional podcast guest, too. 

Recently, Reber aired an episode with audio messages submitted by listeners. “I wanted other listeners to hear success stories of other parents to help them see themselves in what they’re hearing and recognize that parents like us are everywhere,” she says.

This June, she’s trying a different medium: Reber’s book “Differently Wired” debuts June 12.

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