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Guiding parents and teachers to manage challenges with Complex Kids


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 Kids Have Trouble Hearing the Word No, Try This

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Diane: So one of the questions we always get… Elaine: A lot Diane: …is kids who have a hard time…

One of those days

One of Those Days

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Yesterday was one of those days. You know those days. Everything is fine, really, but everyone is grumpy, edgy, irritable.…


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…


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…


Teach Your Kids to Ask for Help – A Mother’s Success Story

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Triumph Out Of Tragedy This is the story of how a school shooting actually helped a mom realize that she…

Mistakes to Yourself

Take the Shame Out of Making a Mess

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Life is Messy! Kids have a tendency to make a mess. They spill things, break things, knock into things. They…

Unwanted Advice

Handling Unwanted Advice About Parenting Complex Kids

By Jeremy Didier

Finding The Good As parents of complex kids, we regularly ask friends, family, and perfect strangers to give our kids…


Get Cooperation, Not Explosions, when Giving Directions

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

We ALL need to direct and re-direct our kids’ behavior sometimes. The challenge is that when they have ADHD, they…

Parallel Play

Rediscover "Parallel Play"

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

When kids are little, they actually get to know each other while playing independently in the same space. This is…


(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.