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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

How to Make Home Like Camp

By Eugene Bell

I’m a lucky man – I get to go to “summer camp” all year round. This is something that many…

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Cooperation

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…

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Chocolate for Breakfast

Chocolate for Breakfast?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Yes, Chocolate Imagine a February morning – cold and dark, nearing the end of a long winter. The children run…

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coach yourself

Don’t Take it Personally: 4 Questions to Coach Yourself

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

  Are you irritated by your kids’ disobedience or disrespect? Are you taking it personally when he doesn’t do what…

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5 ways to get kids to do what you ask

Five Ways to Get Your Kids (or Anyone) to Do What You Ask

By Diane Dempster

Wouldn’t That Be Nice? It should be really simple: You ask your kid to do something, and they do it…

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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…

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pacing yourself

Pacing Yourself for the Marathon of Parenting

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Raising kids is a marathon, not a sprint. Actually, it’s more like a never-end-a-thon, a life-long event that requires endurance,…

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What Makes a Child Twice Exceptional (2E)?

Interview with Dr. Michael Postma

A child that is both gifted (a 130 IQ, according to the Columbus Group) and has at least one learning…

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Show Them You Care: Learn the 5 Love Languages

By Diane Dempster

The Language of Love Did you ever notice that not every gift or thoughtful gesture is met with enthusiasm? Sometimes…

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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.