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:
PRESENTATION TOPICS & AUDIENCES
DIFFERENTLY WIRED CHILDREN (GENERAL)
SOS for Parents in the Trenches
Behind every child who is differently wired is likely one or more frustrated, isolated, perhaps even burnt out 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 confident and peaceful about their everyday reality, create a stronger family dynamic, and give their extraordinary children what they need to thrive. (AUDIENCE: PARENTS)
Shifting the Paradigm
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. (AUDIENCE: GENERAL AUDIENCES)
Supporting Differently Wired Students
At least one in five children is in some way neurodivergent (ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, giftedness, anxiety, sensory issues, and more). In this talk aimed at teachers, administrators, and support staff, Debbie Reber looks at types of invisible differences many kids have, how they might show up in the classroom, and how school staff might experience them in interactions with neurodivergent children in school communities. She also shares insights into the families’ experiences, as well as ideas for how schools can adapt the way we respond to differently wired students and better support their growth. (AUDIENCE: EDUCATORS & SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS)
Accepting and Embracing Our Differently Wired Children
At least one in five children is in some way neurodivergent (ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, giftedness, anxiety, sensory issues, and more). 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 differently wired 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. Available as a talk or workshop. (AUDIENCE: PARENTS)
The Gifts of Personal Growth Through Parenting
Parents raising differently wired kids know there is no such thing as autopilot or phoning it in—our kids demand a level of relentless attention, support, and focus we may never have anticipated. Yet, when we make the conscious choice to truly lean in to who our kids inherently are and set the intention of doing what it takes to help them thrive, our own personal development is sparked in fulfilling, powerful, and beautiful ways. In this talk, Debbie explores the unexpected gifts differently wired kids bring into our lives when we’re willing to accept who they inherently are, and shares ideas for how to foster our own personal growth spurts, which ultimately leads to happier kids and more connected families. (AUDIENCE: PARENTS)
Tapping into Self-Care, Acceptance, and Self-Compassion to Parent with Peace in Uncertain Times
Debbie Reber talks about some of the root sources of stress in our lives as parents during the pandemic and beyond, and explores the things within our control that are getting in the way of our experiencing more peace in our day-to-day lives. She shares strategies for accepting who our kids are and what’s hard right now, realistic ways to cultivate a self-care practice, and advice for practicing self-compassion, all so we can better show up for our children. (AUDIENCE: PARENTS)
Holiday Break and Summer Vacation Surviving and Thriving
Holiday breaks can be an especially intense and challenging time of year for our differently-wired kiddos (and those of us raising them!). In this talk, Debbie shares her 10 best holiday survival strategies so families can get through these breaks in a way that feels good for everyone. By the end of the event, parents have a game plan for going through their holiday break with confidence and ease (Or at the very least, surfing over the big waves and staying afloat!). (AUDIENCE: PARENTS)
GIFTED & TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL (2E) CHILDREN
Parenting Gifted & Twice-Exceptional Children with Confidence
Homeschooling Gifted & 2e Children with Confidence & Joy
In this talk, Debbie Reber shares her story of going from reluctant homeschooling parent to designing a collaborative, thriving homeschooling life for her child, herself, and her family. She shares insights, strategies, and best practices for supporting twice-exceptional homeschooled children in developing their executive functioning and emotional regulation skills, becoming self-driven learners, and fostering their own self-knowledge. She also talks about the importance of parents and caregivers doing their own inner work so they can best show up for their children and themselves. (AUDIENCE: PARENTS)
Creating a Secure World for Your Gifted and/or 2e Child
Fostering Self-Knowledge and Personal Strengths in Your 2e Child
In this talk, Debbie Reber talks about the importance of nurturing agency and self-direction in twice-exceptional children, explores the role of mindset and motivation, and provides strategies for helping parents help their children discover what makes them tick. She also offers ideas for helping 2e kids reframe challenges and “fails” as opportunities for self-discovery. (AUDIENCE: PARENTS)
The impact your talk had on the families that heard it was huge. What you say and how you say it resonates with our community; they needed to hear your message. The feedback we received, starting before we even cleaned up the event space, was overwhelmingly positive. Your talk last Thursday was our tipping point
Thank you again for taking time to join us for our Every Child Summit event today. Your presentation was so informative and provided outstanding tools for ALL parents. It was fantastic to hear you speak and I truly appreciate your support of ParentMap and sharing your time and expertise with us.
Great wisdom was shared with our parent community tonight, and I’ve received so much positive feedback from your talk with our school staff and administrators, too. Thank you so much for two powerful presentations!
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!
Thank you SO much for your insights today. I know that the audience was really engaged and could have asked you questions for hours!
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.
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.
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.
You inspired me, and caused me to reflect. I know your energy and insight moved people.
Debbie was an exceptional and dynamic speaker at our inaugural Girls Rock! Summer Camp. Plain and simple: she rocks!
WATCH DEBBIE’S TEDX TALK
“WHY THE FUTURE WILL BE DIFFERENTLY WIRED”
Debbie Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded Tilt Parenting, a top resource for parents like her who are raising differently wired children. The Tilt Parenting Podcast has more than 4 million downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. A certified Positive Discipline trainer and a regular contributor to Psychology Today and ADDitude Magazine, Debbie’s newest book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired. In the summer of 2020, she co-created the Parenting in Place Masterclass series.