Dr Alan D. Thompson is a world expert in the fields of child prodigies, high performance, and personal development. He consults to families with special needs children including Bolshoi ballerinas, chess masters, abstract artists, and those with a mental age up to twice their chronological age.
As chairman for Mensa International’s gifted families committee, Alan served two consecutive terms sharing best practice among 54 countries. His work was recently cited in the Department of Education’s High Potential policy, and he continues to consult to world leaders and facilitators in talent development. He is a co-founder of the Australia-Asia Positive Psychology Institute.
Alan’s best-selling parenting book, Bright, was made available to families at Elon Musk’s gifted school. In 2021, a copy of the book was sent to the moon aboard the Peregrine lunar lander.
Alan advises international media in the fields of exceptional ability and personal development, consulting to the award-winning series Decoding Genius for GE, Making Child Prodigies for ABC (with the Australian Prime Minister), 60 Minutes for Network Ten/CBS, and Child Genius for Warner Bros.
Prior to his career as a consultant, Alan worked with many high-performing young celebrities, including Disney princess Lea Salonga (Aladdin, Mulan), the Australian Billy Elliot, Sydney Olympics star Nikki Webster, and the cast of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in Asia.
Alan completed his Bachelor of Science (Computer Science, AI, and Psychology) from Edith Cowan University, 2004; studied Gifted Education at Flinders University, 2017; became a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching affiliated with Harvard Medical School, 2017; and received his doctorate from Emerson, 2021. Alan’s dissertation was adapted into a book featuring Dr Rupert Sheldrake, Connected: Intuition and Resonance in Smart People.
I’ve woken up at dawn on the great wall, chased helicopters in a jetski, stayed at 7-star hotels with gold cutlery, spoken from the general assembly podium at the UN headquarters in New York, swam with dolphins, laid on the grass at parliament house, rang the swan bells in Perth, crawled through the ceiling (and tunnels) of the Sydney Opera House, trained with firearms, undergone hypnosis, squatted twice my own bodyweight, climbed 70m+ trees and 1km+ mountains, been to the top of some of the world’s tallest buildings, snorkelled off Coral Bay, rounded sheep, sent an email (in 1995), played a tabletop game using my mind (and a sensor strapped to my head), sat on the design panel for a famous building, collected post-nominals longer than my full name, detonated explosives, written a computer virus, thrown furniture out of top-floor hotel windows, and laughed a lot.