David Palmer Ph.D.
Licensed Educational Psychologist (California BBSE Lic. # 2193) Laguna Beach, Ca.

My book has helped thousands of parents understand gifted testing and programming so that they can better work with the schools to find the right program for their child. 

“A useful, ready reference for parents… presents the content in
an organized, even, and balanced manner … clear and simple”   
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Dr. Palmer is Licensed Educational Psychologist, award winning researcher, university lecturer, and frequent presenter at local, state, and national events. 

Dr. Palmer was recently featured as a commentator on the Discovery Health Channel's "My Kid's Smarter than Me"

Dr. Palmer is an invited expert "Psychology Today" Blogger.  Blog Post links posted below... 

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David Palmer, Ph.D., Psychologist, Laguna Beach, Ca

Great Links for Parents


  • Email:    Dave@PalmerLearning.com
  • Phone:  Orange County  949 892 9805   LA County 562 743 9520

  • GreatSchools.net!  A wonderful resource for parents. In many districts parents have options regarding which school their child will attend. This is where you can get the information you need to make an informed choice. 
  • Hoagies' Gifted Education Page A leading website clearinghouse for all things pertaining to gifted assessment,  gifted kids,  and gifted programming.   This site started as a grass roots effort  by Carolyn K. - and has grown into one of the most important places on the web for parents and others who live with,  and advocate for,  gifted kids. 
  • Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) A website devoted to understanding and supporting the social emotional needs of the gifted.  A great resource for parents,  teachers,  and professionals who work with this population.
  • The Davidson Institute is one of the nation's best resources for families with gifted kids.  The institute offers a variety of programs - including access to an online community of families and experts involved with gifted education and enrichment programs, a scholarship funding program,  The Think Summer Institute,  The Davidson Young Scholars Program,  and free  consulting and access to nationally known experts.
  • Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Online Distance Education Classes   CTY's Talent Search Program - a unique distance education program provides challenging academic courses all year long for eligible students in grades K through 12. The distance courses are varied, demanding and very appropriate for highly able students. Students can take courses all year long, and make significant progress in a subject by working from their homes or schools.
  • Accelerated Academics Under the direction of Jenelle Miller, a well-known leader and education in gifted education, Accelerated Academics provides full or part time virtual instruction for gifted learners. Dr. Miller can also develop individualized learning plans for enrichment modules to match your child's specific interests and talents. 
  • More Info on Talent Search Programs! A list compiled at Hoagies.org
  • Gifted Identity Provides psychotherapy,counseling, parent groups, and consulting (included home school consulting)
  • Distance (online) Education Program for Gifted Youth - Stanford University  A continuing project dedicated to developing and offering multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses. Combining technical and instructional expertise, EPGY provides high-ability students of all ages with an individualized educational experience, optimized in both pace and content. Through EPGY, students have access to courses in a variety of subjects at levels ranging from kindergarten through advanced-undergraduate.
  • Gifted Learning Links through Northwester University Center for Talent Development offers engaging and challenging distance courses for gifted and talented kids in kinder through grade 12.  
  • Early Education Program at California State University, Los Angeles. Early entrance to college is one option for exceptionally gifted kids and teens.  The Early Entrance Program (EEP) at Cal State L.A.  is one of the few opportunities for accelerated college entrance in the nation. The CSLA EEP accepts qualified students as young as 11 years of age.  This program gives gifted kids and teens the opportunity to learn college level material alongside others of similar age and  abilities and attend regular college classes on campus. EEP students are guided through campus life through a special mentoring support system. EEPsters (as they are sometimes called) begin full-time study upon acceptance and can earn their baccalaureate within four to five years.
  • Summer Institute for the Gifted - with programs at UCLA,  UC Berkeley,  and several other campuses nationwide
  • State by state listing of summer programs for gifted and talented students provided by the National Society for the Gifted and Talented.  
  • The Mirman School in Los Angeles
  • Orange County Gifted Parents Meet Up Group is a grassroots organization for parents of gifted children and teens in Orange County who come together to offer mutual support, resources, and encouragement. This group holds monthly meetings featuring invited guest speakers, and offers kids opportunities for social interaction with peers through activities, field trips, classes and park days. Parents of Gifted and Twice Exceptional Children and Teens Age 0-17 are welcome to join.