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Name Alan D. Thompson
(please preserve the middle initial; it is there for a reason)
Company Life Architect
Job Title Gifted families coach
Location Base: Australia
Clients: International
Website LifeArchitect.com.au

Alan’s bio

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Alan D. Thompson is an award-winning coach specialising in working with high-ability families.

Short bio

Alan D. Thompson is the founder of Life Architect. As a world-expert on high performance, he has worked with Bolshoi ballerinas, young potential Olympic athletes, chess masters, child prodigies, and other high-ability families. In 2017, Alan became a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Medium bio

Alan D. Thompson is the founder of Life Architect. As a world-expert on high performance, he has worked with Bolshoi ballerinas, young potential Olympic athletes, chess masters, child prodigies, and other high-ability families. In 2017, Alan became a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Alan sits as Chairman of Mensa International’s Gifted Youth Committee. Alan advises international media in the fields of giftedness and coaching, consulting to the award-winning series Decoding Genius for GE, Child Genius for Warner Bros, and appearing with the then-Prime Minister of Australia on Making Child Prodigies for ABC.

Long bio

Alan D. Thompson is the founder of Life Architect, a renowned international life coaching practice supporting high-ability clients. As a world-expert on high performance, he has worked with Bolshoi ballerinas, young potential Olympic athletes, chess masters, child prodigies, and other high-ability families. He is also a founder of the Australia-Asia Positive Psychology Institute. In 2017, Alan became a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Alan sits as Chairman of Mensa International’s Gifted Youth Committee, and has served the organisation for close to a decade. Alan advises international media in the fields of giftedness and coaching, consulting to the award-winning series Decoding Genius for GE, Child Genius for Warner Bros, and appearing with the then-Prime Minister of Australia on Making Child Prodigies for ABC.

Prior to his career as a coach, Alan worked with many high-performing young celebrities, including Disney princess Lea Salonga (Aladdin, Mulan), the Australian Billy Elliot, Nikki Webster, and the cast of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in Asia.

He has published dozens of books and articles in the gifted and high performance space, including Best, Welcome, Bright, and the pioneering picture book for gifted toddlers People like me.

He studied Computer Science at Edith Cowan University, Gifted Education at Flinders University, and his applied research continues to be cited in government policy analysis.

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Facts on giftedness

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Q: What is brightness?
A: Bright children only have one thing in common—an advanced brain. All the rest is new, different, and evolving in the child you have in front of you. [1]

Q: What is giftedness?
A: Intellectually gifted children are often defined as those whose intellectual (cognitive) abilities place them within the top 10% of age peers. [2]

Q: What are some of the things to look for in giftedness?
A: Includes:

  • Great sense of humour.
  • Strong curiosity.
  • Sensitive.
  • Vivid imagination.
  • Learns rapidly.
  • Concerned with justice, fairness, morals, ethics. [3]
  • A love affair with life. [4]
  • A prodigious memory.

Q: How many gifted children are there in Australia?
A:
Table: Gifted by country, state, and age (2018-2019)

Total pop Gifted
10% (IQ 120+)
Exceptionally gifted
0.01% (IQ 160+)
Total pop of Australia 25,000,000 2,500,000 2500
By state: NSW 7,900,000 790,000 790
By state: WA 2,700,000 270,000 270
By age: child
(0-17yo)
6,800,000 680,000 680
By age: prodigy
(0-10yo)
3,500,000 350,000 350
By age: student
(5-17yo)
3,800,000 380,000 380

References

1. Thompson, A. D. (2016). Bright: Seeing superstars, listening to their worlds, and moving out of the way. Charleston.

2. Gagné, F. (2004). Transforming Gifts into Talents: The DMGT as a Developmental Theory. High Ability Studies, 15, 119-147.

3. Silverman, L. K. (1993). Characteristics of Giftedness Scale. Available from the Gifted Development Center website: http://www.gifteddevelopment.com

4. Greenacre, P. (1957). The Childhood of the Artist. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 12:1, 47-72.

5. Thompson, A. D., & King, K. (2015). 2015 Australian Mensa Gifted Children’s Survey Summary Report. Australian Mensa.