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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

When a Child is Rude to a Teacher: Consequences and Punishments

By Diane Dempster

Sometimes our kids struggle with emotional regulation so much that they just can’t hold it together to be respectful –…

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When Kids Lose Control or Destroy Property

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Sometimes our kids get so triggered that they lose control, like hitting and screaming or even destroying property. It’s scary…

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How Are Values Guiding Parents And Kids?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

As a parent, your values guide your decisions every day. Chances are, though, you’re probably not thinking about them very…

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Assume Best Intention

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Diane taught this strategy to me, and I love it so much, I’m going to take a stab at sharing…

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Collaborative Conversations: Ask Powerful Questions for Independent Kids

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

If you want more independent kids (of any age) who take ownership of their lives, start by stepping out of…

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It’s Your Fault

By Diane Dempster

I recently had a conversation with a client about her son. She explained, “that child blames everyone else when he…

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Make a Game Out of Tasks & Chores (Even for Teens!)

By Diane Dempster

Trying to get things done at home? Complex brains need a motivation to get anything done, and two of the…

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Can't Do It All

Can’t Do It All, Not Even Trying

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The Art of Letting Go It’s times like these when I realize that parenting is a life-time lesson in letting…

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Parent to Juggle Your Busy Life

Three Tips for Any Parent to Juggle Your Busy Life

By Diane Dempster

As parents of complex kids, I think we have more weight on our shoulders than parents of typical kids. I’m…

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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.