Children Are Wired Differently: Nurturing Neurodiversity as a Natural Solution to Behavior Challenges with Dr. Nicole Beurkens & Debbie Reber

Original Air Date Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 2019

Neurodiversity refers to variations in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions. As the percentage of neurodiverse children and teens rise, parents and school systems may find themselves with few resources on how to adapt to children who learn and behave differently. Many children are being prescribed psychoactive medications when proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise may be a better remedy. In addition, children are susceptible to the onslaught of chemicals and preservatives in highly-
processed foods. Where can parents, family members, and those who work with children turn for guidance when non-traditional methods are no longer valid? To find out more about how we can support children and teens who are wired differently, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two women who are mothers, authors, and podcast hosts about neurodiversity and behavioral differences in children. Dr. Nicole Beurkens shares insights from her book, Life Will Get Better: Simple Solutions for Parents of Children with Attention, Anxiety, Mood and Behavior Challenges. And, Debbie Reber offers unique tilts from her book, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. This episode includes practical strategies and tips on nutrition, sleep, mindset, and the importance of taking care of the caretaker.



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Dr. Nicole Beurkens — Natural Solutions to Behavioral Changes:
  • Dr. Beurkens describes how she became a behavior ‘detective’. [2:05]
  • This is the most damaging thing we do to children in the field of mental health. [4:21]
  • Proper nutrition can be life-changing for a child’s behavioral, emotional, and physiological development. [8:56]
  • How undiagnosed and untreated sleep problems can lead to behavioral problems in children and teens. [14:26]
  • Movement not only provides a child’s body with physical exercise, the brain also thrives on it. [19:02]
  • Tips for parents who have neurologically-diverse children and modeling as a way to teach children to support themselves. [21:30]

A unique combination of psychologist, nutritionist, and special education teacher, Dr. Nicole Beurkens has 20 years of experience supporting children, young adults, and families to improve behavior naturally. She is an expert in evaluating and treating a wide range of learning, mood, and behavior challenges including ADHD, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, and brain injury. Dr. Nicole has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Master’s degrees in Special Education and Nutrition, and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist.

Book: Life Will Get Better: Simple Solutions for Parents of Children with Attention, Anxiety, Mood and Behavior Challenges

Dr. Beurkens Website
The Better Behavior Show
@Dr.Beurkens on Twitter
Dr. Beurkens on Facebook

Debbie Reber — Nurturing Neurodiversity:
  • Debbie shares examples of raising her child that is differently wired and why she wrote Differently Wired. [27:06]
  • With so many different types of learners, why do school systems not nurture neurodiversity? [32:02]
  • Debbie created the Tilt Parenting online community and Podcast as resources for parents who have children who are wired differently. [37:44]
  • Tilts are practical strategies to shift beliefs about neurodiversity. [39:59]

Deborah Reber is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, podcast, and global online community for parents raising differently wired children. Her TiLT Parenting Podcast — on which she interviews high-profile thought leaders in parenting and education — has grown to be a top podcast in iTunes’ Kids and Family category. Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent fifteen years writing inspiring books for teen girls before becoming a writer and consultant. Debbie worked as a television development and production executive for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

Book: Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World


Tilt Parenting Website
@TiltParenting on Twitter
Tilt Parenting on Facebook

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