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In 2011, we started with a simple mission: to support parents who wanted to help their medically complex kids – kids with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, autism, sensory issues, and more -- reach their full potential. We hadn’t created the term ‘complex’ back then, and ‘special needs’ never seemed to fit. So starting as ImpactADHD®, a condition our families shared, we created the first global online resource for parenting kids who didn’t ‘fit the mold’. Complex kids are quirky, or complicated, or (cont'd below)

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Leading Articles about Managing Complex Kids

Raising Complex Kids With No Clear Diagnosis

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The first ten years of my life as a parent really sucked. No, they didn’t really suck. It’s more like,…

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A Fresh Start With A New Focus

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Letting Go and Starting Fresh There is something absolutely liberating about the beginning of the year. We get to let…

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Getting on the Same Page When Your Co-parent Gets Triggered

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Welcome to Tea & Tips, where we respond to burning questions from parents and educators – taking aim on one…

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happy holidays

Make Your Own Happy Holidays

By Diane Dempster

Ah, the holidays! For years, I felt that my family never saw the best of me because I was always…

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parent break

Can You Get a PARENT Break During School Vacation?

By Diane Dempster

When School Vacation Meets Holiday Stress When kids hop off the bus on the last day of school before holiday…

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Special-Needs Friendly Santa

Special Needs Friendly Santa Tips for Parents

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

By (special needs friendly) Santa Claus (with support from Elaine Taylor-Klaus) A Christmas Surprise I had a rare treat, recently,…

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Help! My Kid is “Done with School” and Giving Up

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Is your child giving up on school long before the term is over? Do they start getting so tired of…

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mindful planning

Mindfulness and Planning to End the Year with ADHD (Calmly)

By Ana Sanchez

December comes around and, suddenly, it feels like I am riding a rollercoaster. The family visits, parties, traveling, shopping, school…

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empathy

Empathy: A Magic Wand to Connect with Complex Kids & Teens

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

“What is Empathy? And why is it VERY different from sympathy? Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection.” ~Brene Brown When…

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(continued) sensitive, or emotional, or hyperactive, or impulsive, or sensory – and there’s usually a medically complex explanation for their behaviors. We believe passionately that no parent should ever have to go through the journey of raising complex kids on their own. Parenting these complicated, fascinating young people doesn’t have to be isolating.

Complex kids struggle with fundamental aspects of life or learning. For their parents, traditional parenting methods often don’t work as effectively as we think they should. They may be helpful, but they always seem to fall short of really meeting our needs, which leaves us feeling inadequate, like we’re failing our kids. When our kids are different, they need something different from us.

At ImpactParents, we pledge to partner with parents and teachers to take the frustration out of daily life and guide you to manage daily challenges effectively, with confidence and good humor. This blog will introduce you to a proven method that relies on a coach approach – and it will support you in parenting, regardless of what ‘flavor’ of complex kid you are trying to support more effectively.

We’ll guide you to shift your expectations and communicate with less judgment and more acceptance. As a result, you’ll be able to give directions and offer advice without triggering defensive reactions. Your kids will see you as a member of their team and seek you out for guidance and support.

Regardless of whether your kids have autism, sensory issues, ADHD, learning challenges, or any of the many other mental health and learning challenges facing families today, the coach approach will help you become the parent you really want to be – the parent your children, teens and young adults need you to be. It will guide you to create the kind of relationship with your kids that you’ve always wanted.

Do you want to create lasting behavioral change? With this blog, we’ll guide you to lead your complex kids to become independent and successful adults, which is really what parenting is all about.