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I'm Dr. Palmer

Dr. David Palmer

My "Why"

As I begin each day, I commit to empowering Exceptionally Wired children and their families. I choose to work from a place of inclusion, not exclusion; empathy, not indifference; transformation, not stagnation.

  1. I believe every Exceptionally Wired child deserves and desires to be resilient and thrive.

  2. I will educate, empower, equip, and encourage parents to be their child’s biggest fan, trusted ally, insightful guide, connected nurturer, and adaptable advocate.

  3. I will create nurturing, affirming, and supportive homes where every child can reach their full potential.

  4. I commit to revolutionizing parenting, education, and support systems for Exceptionally Wired children.

  5. I will use my Thriving Resilience Model (TRM) to provide comprehensive support, rooted in empathy, transformation, and community.

  6. I will leverage my purpose, passion, experience, and expertise to inspire and impact families as I share my journey as a parent, educator, and Exceptionally Wired individual.

  7. Through one-on-one and group coaching, courses, resources, and building the Collective, I will offer personalized, professional, and practical guidance and support.

  8. I will amplify this message and build a strong community of support by sharing this manifesto publicly.

  9. I will promote my mission and vision far and wide, increasing our influence and expanding our reach.

  10. Together, we will navigate the complexities of raising Exceptionally Wired children and create homes and communities that foster growth, understanding, and acceptance.

Inclusion Matters. This is my mission. Join me in making a difference, one child at a time.

My "What"

Everyday, I choose to work from a place of inclusion and not exclusion, empathy and not indifference, transformation and not stagnation, community and not isolation.


As an empathetic, resourceful teacher at heart, I choose today to empower parents with hope through personal guidance and practical tools (hands); encourage happiness in their homes as they affirm their children’s strengths and stretches (heart); and educate them to advocate with humility for their family’s desires and purpose (head).


I will make a difference.

My Story

Growing up, I always felt a strong pull to help others. Maybe this is because I needed that support at home and school. I knew I was different from the "normal" kids, but I didn't quite know how; I only knew how to be me.

I also knew I would be a teacher one day. I loved learning and helping others grasp concepts and learn new skills. Most of all, I enjoyed their enjoyment of learning and their knowledge that they could do it.


That's why my journey ended up in education as a high school science teacher. I would go on for over 30 years as a teacher, principal, and learning specialist (and still going). I find immense joy in helping students discover their potential, but deep down, I always knew a greater mission awaited me.

The true turning point in my life came when my wife and I adopted five Exceptionally Wired children (in addition to raising our oldest daughter). Suddenly, I wasn’t just an educator; I was a parent navigating the complex world of neurodivergence, trauma, and mental health challenges. Our continual struggles and triumphs as a family have opened my eyes to the urgent need for more support and understanding for parents like us.

We get it! Every day brings new challenges—understanding our children's unique needs, advocating for the right support, and creating a nurturing environment where each child can thrive. I realized that many parents faced these struggles, feeling isolated and overwhelmed, just as we did. I knew I had to use my professional experience and personal journey to make a broader impact and help other families navigate similar paths.

That's why, through extensive research and training at the doctoral level and my own experiences, I developed the Thriving Resilience Model (TRM), a comprehensive framework designed to support Exceptionally Gifted children and their families. My commitment to empowering, educating, and encouraging parents grew stronger. I wanted to help parents become their children’s biggest fans, trusted allies, insightful guides, connected nurturers, and adaptable advocates.

I founded The Inclusion Matters Collective because I am passionate about providing personalized coaching, interactive courses, practical tools, and compassionate support to families. Every day, I choose to work from a place of inclusion, empathy, and transformation. My goal is to help parents navigate their journey with hope and confidence.


So, I offer one-on-one and group coaching, courses, and resources to build collaborative communities to ensure no parent feels alone on this journey.

Today, I am more than an educator or a parent; I am a coach, a guide, an author, a speaker, and an advocate. My mission is to revolutionize parenting, education, and support systems for Exceptionally Wired children. Through The Inclusion Matters Collective, I share my knowledge, passion, and experience to inspire and impact families, creating a world where every child can be resilient and thrive.

As I continue on this journey, I invite you to join me. Together, we can navigate the complexities of raising Exceptionally Wired children, celebrate their strengths, support their stretches, and advocate for their needs and desires. Inclusion matters; together, we can make a difference—one child, one family at a time, starting with yours.

Every day is an opportunity to empower a parent and support a child. Let's create a future where Exceptionally Wired children are not just accepted but celebrated and affirmed. Let's build a community where no parent feels alone. Join me, and let's make inclusion a reality.

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My Background

Educational Qualifications:

  • Ed.D. in Special Education: I hold a Doctorate in Education specializing in special education, which has equipped me with advanced knowledge and skills to support children with diverse needs.

  • Certificates: I am certified in ADHD, Autism, Trauma, and Youth Mental Health, ensuring that I am well-versed in the latest research and strategies to support your child's unique challenges.

My Professional & Personal Experience

30+ Years in Education:

  • Throughout my career, I have worked as an educator, administrator, and consultant, focusing on special education. This extensive experience allows me to understand the complexities of educational systems and advocate effectively for your child's needs.

Parenting Experience:

  • As a father of neurodivergent teens, I have firsthand experience navigating the joys and challenges of raising children with unique needs. This personal journey has given me valuable insights and empathy, which I bring to my coaching practice.

Speaking Experience

  • I've had the privilege to be invited to speak at various professional and educational conventions and events, as well as be featured on several podcasts as a trusted professional educator, coach, and parent.



My Approach








Holistic and Individualized Support:

  • Every child is unique, and so is every family. My approach is tailored to meet the specific needs of your child and family dynamics. I combine evidence-based strategies with practical, real-life solutions to help you and your child thrive.

Focus Areas:

  • ADHD and Autism: Providing tailored strategies to support children with ADHD and Autism, enhancing their strengths and addressing their challenges.

  • Trauma and Mental Health: Offering guidance to help children and families cope with trauma and improve mental health outcomes.

  • Educational Advocacy: Assisting parents in navigating the educational system to ensure their children receive the support and resources they need.


What I Offer

Parent Coaching Services:

  • One-on-One and Small Group Parent Coaching: Personalized sessions to address your specific parenting concerns and goals.

  • Workshops and Webinars: Interactive sessions on various topics related to parenting neurodivergent children.

  • Resources and Tools: Access to a range of resources, including hybrid courses, eBooks, checklists, and interactive journals, designed to support your parenting journey.


Why Choose Me?

Expertise and Empathy:

  • With my extensive professional background and personal experience, I bring a unique combination of expertise and empathy to my coaching practice. I understand the challenges you face and am committed to providing you with the support and guidance you need.

Proven Strategies:

  • The techniques and strategies I share are grounded in the latest research and have been proven effective in real-life settings.

Commitment to Your Success:

  • Your success is my success. I am dedicated to empowering you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support your child's development and well-being.

Get in Touch

Ready to embark on this journey together? Contact Me today to learn more about how I can support you and your family.

Certifications and Awards of Dr. David Palmer
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