In this special episode, I’m bringing you an honest, deep-diving conversation about the current state of education for differently wired children. Or more to the point: what isn’t working and why? And who better to have this conversation with than our favorite former-teacher turned education and executive functioning coach Seth Perler? 

Seth and I hear from parents every day: “How do we get teachers on board?” “How do we get the school to understand?” “How can we help the school to get it?” So this is exactly what we set out to tackle. We’ve identified 10 of the biggest problems we feel need to be solved in order to improve the school experience for children who are not thriving. In our discussion, Seth and I draw from our personal and professional experiences, from the countless messages we get from parents and teachers in the trenches, and from our deeply held belief in the strengths of our differently wired kids and the importance of helping them thrive.  

Our hope is that parents will listen, and then share it with the teachers, principals, and school administrators in their lives. Because in order to solve these problems, we need to have honest and open conversations. We hope this episode sparks just that.

After you’ve listened, we want to hear from you! We’ve created a Google form to continue this conversation and get your feedback. We want to know your top concerns and issues as well as your top takeaways from this episode. 

Note: We also recorded this conversation as a video which you can watch on Seth’s YouTube channel.


About Seth Perler: Seth Perler is a renegade teacher turned Executive Function Coach/Education Coach who is based in Santa Monica, CA and Boulder, CO. He helps struggling students navigate a crazy educational landscape and does his part to “disrupt” and improve education. Seth specializes in Executive Function and 2e.



  • The 4 key attributes of a great teacher, according to Seth and Debbie
  • The importance of attachment theory in the classroom environment
  • What is meant by differentiation and how it applies to educating differently wired children
  • The top 10 problems Seth and Debbie feel we need to address in order to improve the school experience for children who are not thriving 
  • The 2 things we feel are needed most from parents and teachers to stop the cycle of blame and isolation







Read through the whole episode!






Do you have an idea for an upcoming episode? We’d LOVE to hear from you. Please share your thoughts in our Suggestion Box!

And if you have any other feedback or thoughts you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment below or send us a note directly through our Connect form.

If you liked this episode and know of others who would find value in the information, please use the social media share buttons below to help spread the word.

Lastly, if you are so willing, I encourage you to leave an honest review for the TiLT Parenting Podcast over on iTunes. Reviews are very important for helping podcasts find their audiences, and we would love your support in helping us find ours!

To subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss a single episode, you can do so on iTunes here and SoundCloud here.