Debbie has been speaking to large and small audiences in both North America and Europe on a variety of topics surrounding parenting, education, youth, and empowerment since 2003. Her approachable, energetic, highly personal method of storytelling and relating to her audience has brought her praise from event organizers, parents, educators, and audiences of all ages.
Debbie frequently connects with audiences through town hall and intimate “in conversation with” events for parents and educators, allowing for authentic audience engagement and building community. She also speaks to audiences on the following themes:
The "New Normal" Kids and Why We Need to Embrace Them (all audiences)
At least one in five children is in some way neurodivergent (ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, giftedness, anxiety, sensory issues, and more). With this number only rising, chances are that every single one of us either knows at least one of these kids – or is raising one. Yet despite this ubiquitous population, they often struggle in schools and society. In this eye opening talk for all audiences, Debbie offers anecdotes, humor, inspiration and practical shifts to implement in dealing with neurodivergence, while bringing us all closer to the paradigm shift that will help create a brighter future for all of our kids, and for the world.
How to Love Parenting the Child You Have (all parents)
Nearly all parenting challenges are rooted in a disconnect between our expectations for life with our children and the day-to-day reality. But when we make the conscious choice to lean in to who our kids inherently are, our own personal development is sparked in fulfilling, powerful, and beautiful ways. In this talk, Debbie explores the unexpected gifts our children bring into our lives when we’re willing to accept them, and shares ideas for how to foster our own personal growth spurts, which ultimately leads to happier kids and more connected families.
SOS for Parents in the Trenches (parents of atypical kids)
Behind every kid who is differently wired is likely to stand one or more frustrated, isolated, perhaps even burnt out-feeling adult. There are millions of us around the world. We’re everywhere, but often feel completely isolated raising our neurologically atypical kids. In this practical and actionable talk, Debbie shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking and actions in a way that will help them feel more confidence and peaceful about their everyday reality, create a stronger family dynamic, and give their extraordinary children what they need to thrive.
WATCH DEBBIE’S TEDX TALK
“WHY THE FUTURE WILL BE DIFFERENTLY WIRED”
Words can’t express my deep gratitude and thanks for your beautiful presentation at the Profectum conference. The audience were just as thrilled as I with many singing your praises to us both verbally and on our conference reviews…all were so excited by your insight, warmth and inspired by your story!Ricki G. Robinson MD, MPH, Profectum Faculty
Debbie’s talk was inspiring and genuine. The idea of being vulnerable in order to have a deeper relationship spoke to me, as did needing to adjust my expectations on self, my home, and our life, focus on little spots of light, and work on myself.Parent attending Shift Your Thinking conference
Debbie Reber’s words of wisdom, empathy, and acceptance brought us together as a community and left us feeling inspired to continue supporting students who learn differently.Beth Anderson, Executive Director of Hill Learning Center
Thank you for that incredible presentation at FIGT. Drawing attention to this work is crucial, and you’re doing it in an inspiring and respectable way. Huge kuddos.Kate Berger, Expat Kids Club, FIGT Board Member
You inspired me, and caused me to reflect. I know your energy and insight moved people.Parent attending BodyWise Conference, Pasadena, CA
Debbie was an exceptional and dynamic speaker at our inaugural Girls Rock! Summer Camp. Plain and simple: she rocks!Natalie Walker, Executive Director, Girls Rock! Seattle