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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

Write A Letter to This Year’s New Teacher(s)

By Katherine McGee

Whether your child is moving on to the next grade, or making the leap to a new school, planning makes for a successful transition. At The Cloverleaf School, we work with our students to develop Learner Profiles. Each student helps to create a portfolio of useful information about how s/he learns and what s/he needs to succeed. This is helpful for the students, parents, teachers, and therapists.

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Dealing with Emotional Kids and Meltdowns

By ImpactParents Team

If there’s one thing parents of complex kids have in common, it’s dealing with emotional kids and meltdowns! Here are…

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An Easy Way to Keep Psychiatric Medical History Records

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Okay, y’all, I REALLY wish I’d known about this about a dozen years ago to keep medical history records. There’s…

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good mom if i yell

Can I Still be a Good Mom if…

By Diane Dempster

“I want people to know that it’s OKAY to be themselves. And they aren’t the only ones in the world…

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adhd diagnosis

Tell Your Child About Diagnosis: A 7 Step Guide for Parents

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

What A Relief In 2013, after 52 years of feeling “different” and just a few years after she rocked the…

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Getting Unstuck

Getting Unstuck: It Depends on your Point of View

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Stuck In ‘Default Mode’ Many of us get stuck in a way of looking at life’s circumstances. Even though it’s…

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Find a Real Problem to Fix

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Some people are “problem-solvers,” and they love to find solutions to puzzles. They tend to be great strategists and resourceful…

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Help your kid become a good sport

How to Help Your Kid Become a Good Sport

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Set The Model to Help your Child Become a Good Sport Our kids tend to struggle with dealing with life’s…

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Keeping Cool: Don’t Take it Personally

By Diane Dempster

Emotions can run rampant in the ADHD household. Keeping cool can seem impossible. Tempers flare for no apparent reason, feelings…

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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.