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TiLT Parenting, from parenting activist, speaker, and author Debbie Reber, features transformational interviews and conversations with authors, parenting experts, educators, and other parents aimed at inspiring, informing, and supporting parents raising differently-wired kids (giftedness, ADHD, austim, 2e, learning differences, sensory processing issues, anxiety, and more). TiLT aims to help parents feel empowered and in choice in how they parent, have more peace in their daily lives, and parent and advocate for their child from a place of confidence and awareness so that our children can thrive in every way. https:/tiltparenting.com

TILT Parenting: Raising Differently Wired Kids Debbie Reber

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TiLT Parenting, from parenting activist, speaker, and author Debbie Reber, features transformational interviews and conversations with authors, parenting experts, educators, and other parents aimed at inspiring, informing, and supporting parents raising differently-wired kids (giftedness, ADHD, austim, 2e, learning differences, sensory processing issues, anxiety, and more). TiLT aims to help parents feel empowered and in choice in how they parent, have more peace in their daily lives, and parent and advocate for their child from a place of confidence and awareness so that our children can thrive in every way. https:/tiltparenting.com

    TPP 108a: Dr. Laura Anderson on Gender Noncomformity and Differently Wired Kids

    TPP 108a: Dr. Laura Anderson on Gender Noncomformity and Differently Wired Kids

    Clinical child and family psychologist Dr. Laura Anderson talks about gender noncomformity in children and explores the link between autism and gender dysphoria and gender fluidity.
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    • 55 min
    TPP 362: Dr. Chris Wells Explains the Theory of Positive Disintegration

    TPP 362: Dr. Chris Wells Explains the Theory of Positive Disintegration

    I have such a fascinating conversation for you today. A few months ago, I heard about something called the Theory of Positive Disintegration — a theory created by K. Dabrowski, whose name I was familiar with because of his bringing attention to the idea that gifted children have inborn traits known as overexcitabilities – and I was instantly curious. Positive Disintegration – what does that mean exactly? It sounded complicated, and good, but also messy. So I wanted to know more.
    That’s when I learned of the work of Dr. Chris Wells, who is the founding president of the Dąbrowski Center and who is dedicated to sharing knowledge and resources about this profound theory and the psychology of giftedness.
    I invited Chris on the show to explore the Theory of Positive Disintegration with us, and fortunately for all of us, they said yes. And I will just say upfront — there is a lot that goes into understanding this theory and the implications it has for our differently wired children. So in today’s episode, we are only scratching the surface of this theory. But I am so excited for the opportunity to share this conversation because I believe this fascinating framework has the potential to offer a new perspective on neurodivergence and mental health that is important for families in our community to explore.
    One last thing, this episode includes mention of suicidality and suicide attempts, so if those are trigger topics for you, please take care of yourself while listening.
     
    About Chris Wells
    Chris Wells, PhD, LSW, is a neurodivergent writer, social worker, and Dąbrowski scholar with a passion for studying and applying the theory of positive disintegration. As the founding president of the Dąbrowski Center and co-host of the Positive Disintegration Podcast, Chris is dedicated to sharing knowledge and resources about this profound theory and the psychology of giftedness.Chris provides specialized consulting services to clinicians and educators internationally, delivering deep insights into positive disintegration and its practical applications. They also offer their unique blend of lived experience and professional expertise as an advocate and speaker for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Chris lives with their partner and teenage son in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
     
    Things you'll learn:

    What the Theory of Positive Disintegration is and how it offers an alternative perspective on mental health struggles

    What the five domains of Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities

    How the connection between overexcitabilities and the autonomic nervous system can provide insights into nervous system regulation

    How the Theory of Positive Disintegration fits in with traditional therapeutic modalities

    How anxiety and depression might be signs of growth and development

     
    Resources mentioned:

    Chris Well’s substack Positive Integration

    The Dabrowski Center

    The Positive Disintegration Podcast

    Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities


    “Mellow Out,” They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright by Michael Piechowski

    Michael Piechowski

    Adults with Overexciteabilities Facebook Group


    Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults edited by Dr. Susan Daniels and Dr. Michael Piechowski


    Welcome to Positive Disintegration (Positive Disintegration Podcast)


    Depression and Anxiety in Development (Positive Disintegration Podcast)


    Positive Disintegration in Children and Adolescents (Positive Disintegration Podcast)


    Disintegration and Neurodivergence (Positive Disintegration Podcast)


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    • 38 min
    TPP 099a: Barry Prizant Talks About His Book "Uniquely Human"

    TPP 099a: Barry Prizant Talks About His Book "Uniquely Human"

    In this episode of the Tilt Parenting Podcast, I have a powerful and thoughtful conversation with Dr. Barry Prizant, one of the world’s leading authorities on autism. Barry is recognized as an innovator of respectful, person- and family-centered approaches for individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. He has more than forty years of experience as a scholar, researcher, and international consultant, and he’s an adjunct professor at Brown University, a certified speech-language pathologist and director of Childhood Communication Services, a private practice.
    Barry is also the author of the must-read book Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, which suggests a major shift in our understanding of autism. Instead of classifying “autistic” behaviors as signs of pathology, he sees them as part of a range of strategies to cope with a world that feels chaotic and overwhelming. As you listen to our conversation, you’ll know exactly why I was so excited to bring Barry onto the show. He is at the forefront of the revolution in helping to change the way neurodiversity is perceived in the world and frankly I’m just so grateful there are people like him in the world doing this critical work. I hope you enjoy the episode.
     
    THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE:

    Barry’s personal story for how he came to be doing this work

    How things can change for autistic kids when we reframe and view their “behavior” through a new lens

    The relationship between trust and emotional regulation

    Barry’s perspective on the use of language such as “high-functioning” and “low-functioning” autism

    Why words like “oppositional” and “noncompliant” in relation to an autistic person’s behavior are usually completely off-mark

    The very real cost of pathologizing autism

    Barry’s powerful ideas for how he is trying to shift thinking around the way autism is perceived

    What should our goals be with regards to the long-term vision for our autistic children?

    The story behind Barry’s book Uniquely Human


     
    RESOURCES MENTIONED:

    Barry Prizant’s website


    Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Dr. Barry Prizant

    The S.C.E.R.T.S. Model


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    • 46 min
    TPP 361: Margaret Webb on Archetypes and the Hero's Journey in Parenting

    TPP 361: Margaret Webb on Archetypes and the Hero's Journey in Parenting

    It’s been a little while since Margaret Webb, my absolute favorite parenting coach and the lead parenting coach in the Differently Wired Club, was on the show, but I’m so so so excited to have her one to talk about much anticipated book, Hero’s Journey in Parenting: Parenting the Child You Didn’t Expect While You Were Expecting. Margaret is a certified Master Life Coach, parenting coach, nature-based coach, former elementary school teacher, wife, and mother of a now 20-year-old autistic son. I’ve personally experienced first-hand how deeply and profoundly Margaret’s approach can support parents raising neurodivergent kids, and so I’m truly thrilled that she’s making her insights and learning available to the rest of in her new book.
    While we couldn’t explore all the transformational concepts in Margaret’s new book, I did my best to touch upon some of the biggies, including the power in reframing parenting as a hero’s journey, how incorporating archetypes such as the queen/king, child, warrior, and community builder into our framework can provide valuable perspectives and tools for parenting, why recognizing and addressing shadow forces, such as limiting beliefs and unhelpful patterns, can lead to personal growth and more effective parenting. We also discussed why it’s so crucial to understand a child's developmental age in a given moment and how it can help parents tailor their approach and better meet their child's needs.
    And honestly, a lot more. This is one of those episodes you’ll probably want to listen to more than once. And then you’ll want to get Margaret’s book. It’s really that good.
     
    About Margaret Webb
    Margaret Webb is a certified Master Life Coach, parenting coach, nature-based coach, former teacher, wife and mother. As a life and parenting coach, she weaves together her experience as an elementary education teacher with the tools she’s learned in Martha Beck’s Life Coach Training, Sagefire Institute’s Nature-Based Coach Training, and what she’s applied to her own life as a mom of a now 20-year-old son with special needs.
     
    Things you'll learn:

    Parenting is a hero's journey, and it is important to approach it with curiosity, playfulness, and a willingness to learn and grow.

    How using archetypes, such as the queen/king, child, warrior, and community builder can provide valuable perspectives and tools for parenting.

    Recognizing and addressing shadow forces, such as limiting beliefs and unhelpful patterns, can lead to personal growth and more effective parenting.

    Understanding a child's developmental age in a given moment can help parents tailor their approach and better meet their child's needs.

     
    Resources mentioned:

    Margaret Webb’s website

    Margaret on Facebook

    Margaret on Instagram


    Hero’s Journey in Parenting: Parenting the Child You Didn’t Expect While You Were Expecting by Margaret Webb


    Parenting the Child You Didn’t Expect When You Were Expecting, with Margaret Webb (Tilt Parenting Podcast)


    Margaret Webb on What to Do When Grandparents Don’t Understand Our Child (Tilt Parenting Podcast)


    Margaret Webb on How to Get Through the Most Difficult Moments With Our Kids (Tilt Parenting Podcast)


    Margaret Webb Shares Tools and Mindsets for Surviving the Summer Break (Tilt Parenting Podcast)

    Byron Katie’s The Work

     
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    • 48 min
    TPP 103a: Margaret Webb On How to Get Through the Most Difficult Moments With Our Kids

    TPP 103a: Margaret Webb On How to Get Through the Most Difficult Moments With Our Kids

    Parenting coach Margaret Webb shares her best strategies for dealing with our children's intense and explosive behavior, both in the moment and in the aftermath.
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    • 50 min
    TPP 360: Dr. Jade Rivera on Designing Strengths-Based IEPs

    TPP 360: Dr. Jade Rivera on Designing Strengths-Based IEPs

    If you are parenting a neurodivergent kid, you probably have a lot of experience getting feedback about your child — in IEP meetings, parent teacher conferences, therapists, neuropsychs, school counselors. And, so often this feedback is highlighting what’s hard or challenging and what needs to be improved, which, honestly, takes its toll on us and our kids. It can leave us feeling drained, discouraged, and overwhelmed.
    If you relate to this experience in any way, you’re going to appreciate today’s conversation with Dr. Jade Rivera, as she is going to talk with us about a new way she and her team are providing feedback with a completely different, and much more positive and optimistic, focus.
    Jade is the Lab Director for the new Strength-Based Assessment Lab at Bridges Graduate School, which uses the Suite of Tools, developed by twice-exceptional thought leaders Dr. Susan Baum and Dr. Robin Shader, to identify what a child likes, loves, and excels at. The goal of the Lab is to empower students, families, educators, and professionals in creating positive and collaborative learning experiences for children facing challenges in their educational environments.
    So today, Jade talks with us about her work and the Strength-Based Assessment Lab — what a strengths-based assessment is and how it’s conducted, what differentiates a strength and a talent, how to encourage our kids to pursue their interests without putting pressure on them to live up to our idea of potential. We also talked about how to get strength-based goals incorporated in IEPs and how to approach meetings when we are trying to shift the focus to our child’s strengths.
     
    About Dr. Jade Rivera
    As the Lab Director for the Strength-Based Assessment Lab at Bridges Graduate School, Dr. Jade Rivera leads the Lab to empower students, families, educators, and professionals in creating positive and collaborative learning experiences for children facing challenges in their educational environments.
    With over fifteen years of experience, she has designed and led micro-schools beloved by quirky and sensitive children, uniquely positioning her to provide insights into positive niche construction, strength-based pedagogy, and talent development for neurodivergent children. Her training in Nonviolent Communication and Montessori credential inspire her educational philosophies and practices, including project-based learning, dual-differentiation strategies, and gradeless classrooms.
    In 2016, the California Association for the Gifted honored Jade for distinguished service on behalf of gifted and twice-exceptional children. More recently, she was recognized as a “person to watch in the 2e movement” by 2e News. She earned her Ed.D. at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in 2022. She is honored to continue as a professor at the same school, supporting others as they envision a strength-based world for neurodivergent humans.
     
    Things you'll learn:

    How the Strength-Based Assessment Lab at Bridges Graduate School gathers information from the child, caregivers, and professionals in the child's life to identify strengths, environmental obstacles, and dreams for the child's potential

    The difference between recognizing and supporting a gifted or twice-exceptional child's strengths and talents and placing pressure on them to reach a certain potential

    How parents and educators can incorporate a strengths-based approach in traditional school settings

    Ideas for including strength-based goals in IEPs

    Why it’s important to foster opportunities for a child to demonstrate what they love and what they're good at, even in small ways

     
    Resources mentioned:

    The Strength-Based Assessment Lab at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Development

    Jade Rivera on Substack

    Susan Baum

    Robin Schader

    Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education

    Dr. Joseph Renzulli

    Sunnyside Micro-School

    Sandra Kay / Talent Development

     
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Customer Reviews

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883 Ratings

Rachel in Mill Valley ,

Best Resource for Parenting Differently Wired Children & Teens

As others have said, this is one of the most useful parenting podcasts I’ve found for parenting neurodivergent children and teens. Please keep up the good work, and know that this wonderful resource is valued.

Ssaiben ,

Amazing resource

What an amazing resource to parents who want to learn more about supporting their children well. No matter what kind of struggles you are facing. A loving and safe place to talk about hard things and have tools. Thank you!!

Nat264 ,

AMAZING RESOURCE

I just barely found this podcast and have been listening to several episodes per day (and taking lots of notes!). Each one is filled with great information and I am starting to feel more hopeful and less alone in the journey of parenting a neurodivergent child. Thank you for creating such a helpful resource, I will be sure to recommend this to all my friends in similar situations!

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