TiLT is a new online destination aimed at helping parents raising differently-wired kids do so from a place of confidence, connection, and peace.
Launched in April 2016, TiLT currently features a weekly podcast and a call to action for parents raising unique kids to take the lead in shifting the current parenting paradigm (The TiLT Manifesto), as well as the TiLT Creed, a poster outlining our core beliefs for how we can best raise these awesome human beings (see below).
The longterm vision for TiLT is to foster a welcoming online community where parents raising atypical kids can tap into resources such as e-courses, ebooks, toolkits, guides, and more, that will help them feel informed, inspired, optimistic, and supported in their own parenting journeys.
One of TiLT creator Debbie Reber’s biggest challenges in figuring out how to navigate the path of meeting her twice-exceptional son’s needs was feeling isolated and disconnected. In creating TiLT, her dream is that no parent walking this unmarked path will ever feel alone again.
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The TiLT Creed
The TILT Creed lays out our beliefs and ideas for how parents raising both differently-wired and neurotypical kids can find joy, peace, and possibility in their experience right now. We’ve created the TiLT Creed in both poster form and video—check them out below!
Who’s Behind TiLT
Debbie Reber, founder of TiLT and host of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, is a New York Times bestselling author, life coach, and speaker.
Debbie’s most recent books include Doable: The Girls’ Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything, Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You, and In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers. Before becoming a writer, Debbie worked in children’s television.
Originally from the U.S., Debbie and her family moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2013. When she’s not homeschooling Asher, working on TiLT, or writing books, she’s running, traveling, and reading.
Asher is the inspiration for TiLT, and he regularly shares his thoughts and insights (and goofy sense of humor) on the TiLT Parenting Podcast.
Asher is half of the Purplicious Cow team (his dad, Derin, is the other half) behind the popular Minecraft mod, Inventory Pets. When he’s not recording podcasts, being homeschooled, or creating Minecraft mods with his dad, Asher can be found reading, playing Kerbal Space Program, running, and hanging out with his friends.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you use the phrase "differently-wired" instead of "disorder" or "deficit?"
When we use the words “difference” or “differently-wired” rather than “deficit” or “disorder,” we’re not belittling or overlooking the challenges many kids face, but rather questioning the language around different ways of being in general.
We believe it’s possible to accept and embrace a different way of being in a way that not only supports healthy development in areas where these kids may not have the same tools and skills as their peers, but does so in a way that feels positive and forward-thinking. We don’t believe children with things like ADHD, Asperger’s, twice-exceptionalities, and so on, are in need of fixing. Rather, the way we see it, these kids move through the world in a way that is different than what is considered “typical.” And while they may need extra support in certain areas, there is nothing wrong with them. Difference is difference.
Why did you create TiLT?
When TiLT Founder Debbie Reber was learning that her son Asher was differently-wired and trying to figure out how to best support him in school and in life, she found it was incredibly difficult to find solid, reliable, useful information. Many of the websites and organizations that did exist didn’t speak to her, nor did they help her figure out a plan for getting Asher what he needed while supporting herself in the process. Her best leads came from word-of-mouth from other parents who’d been down the road before her, but even then, figuring out what to do and where to turn next was like going geocaching without a GPS.
Debbie created TiLT so parents stuck in this place of not-knowing and frustration can feel connected and grounded as they move forward in figuring out what their child needs in a way that feels positive and hopeful for the whole family.
What "neurological differences" are included in TiLT?
TiLT is primarily intended to speak to parents raising kids with neurological differences that in some way interfere with their day-to-day life, while not severely impacting them. This is a blurry line, we realize, so in many ways it will be up to you as a parent to determine if TiLT will be of benefit to you and your parenting journey.
Our aim is to support parents whose children are, as my friend Alison used to refer to Asher, “tricky customers.” Kids who may present as “typical kids” in some ways, but have components of their wiring that make some (or many) situations—traditional classrooms approaches, situations where there is a factor of unpredictability (competitions, games, certain social situations), tasks that involve complex executive functioning, and so much more—challenging for them to navigate.
The types of neurological differences that we’re fitting into this definition includes, but is not limited to, ADHD, giftedness, Asperger’s or high-functioning autism, twice-exceptionalities, dyslexia, ODD, and sensory processing issues.
How does 12-year-old Asher feel about TiLT?
Debbie has looped her son, Asher, into the development process of TiLT since day one. Part of Debbie’s philosophy in the way she homeschools and supports Asher is with a process of respectful transparency across the board. He has known about his diagnoses of Asperger’s, giftedness, and ADHD for several years now, and is passionate about not only learning how to best support himself and develop skills in areas of life that are tricky for him, but being a proud ambassador for differently-wired kids.
Asher has been thrilled by the response to TiLT and especially the podcast episodes that feature conversations between him and Debbie. (Side note: Asher is also Debbie’s official tech support for TiLT!)
What are the plans for TiLT in the future?
Debbie has LOTS of plans for what she hopes TiLT will develop into. For now, the focus will be on creating great podcasts on all kinds of topics that are of interest to parents raising differently-wired kids, as well as building up a community of parents who are alignment with the vision Debbie lays out in the TiLT Manifesto.
In the future, TiLT will be offering guides, e-courses, e-books, access to useful resources, and eventually an interactive community platform with a goal of making TiLT the online home for parents to connect, learn, and be inspired so they can parent their child from a place of confidence and peace.
Raising a Differently-Wired Kid?
If so, we invite you to join the TiLT Community of like-minded parents raising atypical kids. We promise not to flood your inbox with a bunch of emails…just monthly or so check-ins with quick tips, inspirational bursts, and updates relevant to parents like us.