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Build a Strong Foundation for Your Neurodivergent Child: A Parent's Guide to the Thriving Resilience Model

A resilient young child

Are you struggling to find the best way to support your Exceptionally Wired child? Imagine a world where your child not only navigates their challenges with grace but also thrives in spite of them. This isn't just a dream—it can become a reality with the Thriving Resilience Model (TRM). As parents, we often find ourselves asking: How can I ensure my child grows into a resilient and confident individual despite their unique needs? 

The TRM offers a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to help your child build a strong foundation for resilience. I want to explore in this blog post how this model can transform your family's life and empower your child to flourish.

What is the Thriving Resilience Model (TRM)?

Alright, let’s get to it. What exactly is the Thriving Resilience Model? Imagine it as a comprehensive guidebook or framework specifically designed to support Exceptionally Wired children. It’s all about creating an environment where your child can grow, learn, and flourish by growing their challenges because of their strengths and abilities. The TRM equips you with the tools and support systems to help your child build a solid foundation for resilience that lasts a lifetime.

Why TRM Matters

You might be wondering why I should care about the TRM. Here are a few reasons:

  • Enhanced Resilience Building (Coping) Skills: Your child learns to handle stress and challenges more effectively with a growth mindset and the courage to try hard things.

  • Improved Emotional Well-being: They feel safe and supported emotionally. You aren’t just managing emotions; you are creating pathways for using them in powerful and creative ways.

  • Stronger Relationships: It helps build better connections with family and friends. These connections are built on growth in authentic communication and empathy.

Foundation Concepts

Brain-Body Connection

Understanding the brain-body connection is fundamental. It highlights how neurological and physiological systems interact, affecting a child’s behavior and development. It creates those “Aha” moments in our parenting that cause us to see the power and potential in our child. Recognizing this connection allows you to address both mental and physical health comprehensively.

The body and brain connection in neurodiversity

Neurodevelopmental Diversity

Embracing neurodevelopmental diversity means recognizing and valuing the unique ways in which children’s brains develop. This concept fosters an inclusive environment where every child’s neurological differences are seen as strengths. There is no “wrong” brain, and diversity is beautiful and necessary for human flourishing. 

Balanced/Nurturing/Authoritative Approach

A balanced, nurturing, and authoritative approach to parenting combines warmth and support with clear boundaries and expectations. This approach helps children feel secure and valued, promoting their overall development.

Key Pillars

Understanding the Whole-Child's Value

Recognizing the inherent value of each child is crucial. This means appreciating their unique strengths and contributions beyond just their challenges. And it means letting them know this value as early and as consistently as possible. 

Affirming Who They Are

Affirming your child’s identity and experiences helps them feel validated and understood. They don’t need to be fixed or cured because they are wonderful for who they are. This also involves celebrating their individuality and supporting their self-expression.

Letting Empathy Take the Lead

Empathy is essential in understanding and supporting Exceptionally Wired children. Empathy and sympathy are not the same thing. Empathy is stronger and requires connection, vulnerability, and humility. By leading with empathy, you can better address their needs and foster a compassionate environment.

Building Connections of Trust

Trust is the foundation of any strong relationship. Building connections of trust with your child involves consistent, honest, and open communication. It also involves respect and compromise. 

Creating Action Steps Based on Understanding and Empathy

Developing action steps tailored to your child's unique needs requires a deep understanding of their experiences and challenges. This approach ensures that interventions are both effective and compassionate. There is no one strategy or action because growth and development are relational, not clinical. 

Letting Their Voice Be Heard by Telling Their Story

Encouraging your child to share their story empowers them and gives them a sense of agency. It’s important to listen and validate their experiences, allowing them to feel heard and respected. It reinforces a basic concept–we are not alone, and community makes us stronger. 

A teen with courage and commitment to thrive and show resilience

Character Outcomes

The ultimate goal of the TRM is to develop eight key character outcomes in Exceptionally Wired Children:


Building self-esteem and encouraging children to take initiative helps boost their confidence. Confident children are more likely to take on challenges and persevere in the face of adversity.


Teaching children to face their fears and overcome challenges instills courage. Courageous children are willing to step out of their comfort zones and try new things.


Encouraging dedication and perseverance helps children develop a sense of commitment. Committed children are persistent and motivated to achieve their goals.


Compassion involves understanding and respecting others’ emotions. Compassionate children are empathetic and considerate, fostering positive relationships.


Fostering a love for learning and exploration cultivates curiosity. Curious children are eager to learn and discover new things.


Encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving skills enhances creativity. Creative children can think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions.


Building strong, meaningful relationships fosters a sense of connection. Connected children feel a sense of belonging and are more likely to engage positively with others.


Collaboration involves learning to work effectively with others and sharing responsibilities. Collaborative children can work well in teams and understand the importance of cooperation.

Pause for a Moment:

  • Which of the above characteristics do you see in your child today?

  • What images come to mind when you read these 8 characteristics?

  • Which of these are strong in you?

  • Which of these would you like to see your child grow in during the next 6 months? How will you get them there?

Personal Story: My Daughter’s Journey

An infusion bottle for my resilient daughter

My 13-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with juvenile myositis in January, a challenging autoimmune condition affecting her muscles. Despite this daunting diagnosis, she has demonstrated remarkable resilience. Over the past few months, we have been able to manage her condition (through grueling infusions and physical therapy) and she has grown stronger and more confident. Her positive outlook on life has been inspiring to me and others, transforming our family dynamic and her resolved joy in life. Her journey underscores the essence of the Thriving Resilience Model, showcasing how a supportive environment and a determined mindset can empower Exceptionally Wired children to overcome significant challenges and thrive in a contagious way.


So, what’s the big deal about the Thriving Resilience Model, and why should you care? 

The answer is simple: it offers a structured, compassionate, and effective way to support your Exceptionally Wired child in a world that often doesn’t cater to their unique needs. The TRM provides a comprehensive framework focusing on the critical elements of safety, connection, and empowerment. 

By understanding the brain-body connection, embracing neurodevelopmental diversity, and adopting a balanced, nurturing, and authoritative approach, you can create an environment where your child not only copes with their challenges but thrives.

The six key pillars of the TRM equip you with practical strategies to foster resilience. These pillars help you build a supportive network that strengthens your child’s emotional, social, cognitive, and sensorimotor well-being and enhances their ability to face life's hurdles confidently.

Moreover, the TRM’s focus on developing crucial character outcomes like confidence, courage, commitment, compassion, curiosity, creativity, connection, and collaboration ensures that your child grows into a well-rounded, resilient individual. This holistic approach not only prepares them for the present challenges but also equips them with the skills and mindset needed for future success.

In essence, the Thriving Resilience Model transforms your child’s life—and yours—by turning everyday challenges into opportunities for growth and strength. It’s about more than survival; it’s about thriving, and every Exceptionally Wired child deserves that chance.

Call to Action

Feeling inspired and ready to take the next step?

Interested in personally witnessing the effectiveness of the Thriving Resilience Model for your family? Schedule a complimentary 20-Minute Coaching Strategy Call. This is not a sales pitch, but an opportunity for you to encounter the life-changing impact of parent coaching rooted in the Thriving Resilience Model.


1. What is the Thriving Resilience Model?

The Thriving Resilience Model is a holistic approach designed to help Exceptionally Wired children build resilience. It focuses on creating supportive environments and providing the right tools to help these children thrive.

2. Why is resilience important for Exceptionally Wired children?

Resilience helps Exceptionally Wired children navigate their unique challenges, overcome setbacks, and develop a strong sense of self-worth and confidence.

3. How can parents help their Exceptionally Wired children build resilience?

Parents can help by creating safe and supportive environments, fostering strong connections, and empowering their children to make decisions and take ownership of their actions.

4. What are the key pillars of the Thriving Resilience Model?

The six key pillars are Understanding the Whole-Child's Value, Affirming Who They Are, Letting Empathy Take the Lead, Building Connections of Trust, Creating Action Steps Based on Understanding and Empathy, and Letting Their Voice Be Heard by Telling Their Story.

5. What are the character outcomes of the Thriving Resilience Model?

The eight character outcomes are Confidence, Courage, Commitment, Compassion, Curiosity, Creativity, Connection, and Collaboration.

Which Best Describes You

  • Wanting to Learn More about My Child's Wiring

  • Ready to Commit to Getting Support

  • Wanting to Cultivate Resilience in My Child

  • Wanting to Become Part of a Bigger Community


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