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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

Epic Meltdown

Even an Epic Meltdown is a Great Parenting Opportunity

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Remembering a time when we had an epic meltdown  – and oh, what a great parenting opportunity to fail forward…


What’s So Wrong with Immaturity?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

At the risk of sounding like my great-grandmother from the Old Country, I think kids are growing up too fast…

Senior Year for Parents

Make the Most out of Senior Year for Parents

By Diane Dempster

The last year of high school can be a really tough transition, and not just for your senior. It’s a…

4 Things to Love about Back to School

4 Things to Love About Back to School

By Diane Dempster

The Gift of Back To School Growing up, I always loved September and returning to school. Chances are I was…

pause and breathe

Pause & Breathe

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Pause and breathe. Calm down. Your body. Your brain. Your spirit. Calm down. When life seems to be full of…

best school year

Planning for the School Year Starts Now

By Jeffrey Katz

August is here, and that means one thing: it’s time to go back to school. The summer has nearly passed.…

minivan mom

Top 5 Ways to Survive Being a Stay in the Minivan Mom (SIMM)

By Jeremy Didier

When I left my successful, full time sales job to happily become a stay-at-home mom (SAHM,) I was completely unaware…

conversations with other parents

How to Have Hard Conversations with Other Parents

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

As parents, we have encounters with other parents every day. Generally, they are positive or at least relatively innocuous. But…

teacher training and ADHD

They’re So SLOW – How Can I Hurry Up My Kids?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

It takes forever to get out the door, to get dressed, to eat breakfast – how can you hurry up…


(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.