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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

mindful planning

Mindful Planning to End the Year with ADHD (Calmly)

By Ana Sanchez

December comes around, and suddenly, it feels like I am riding a rollercoaster. The family visits, parties, traveling, shopping, school…

Clear Directions

2 Methods to Give Clear Directions and Get Cooperation

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

How often do you find yourself shouting a request up the stairs or on your way out the door to…


Ode to Joyous – You!

By Diane Dempster

One of the best gifts you can give your kids and family is managing your own overwhelm and taking care…

Special-Needs Friendly Santa

Special Needs Friendly Santa Tips for Parents

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

By (special needs friendly) Santa Claus (with support from Elaine Taylor-Klaus) A Christmas Surprise I had a rare treat, recently,…


The Death of a Pet is a Parenting Opportunity

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Life events like the death of a pet are an opportunity for parents to communicate your values and beliefs to…


3 Steps to Creating a Reward System that Works!

By Diane Dempster

The Power of Reward Systems Psst…hey you. Yeah, you! The one who looks frazzled and, I’m guessing, wishes you were…

surviving the holidays

Surviving the Holidays: 3 Keys to Healthy Body, Mind & Heart

By Lara Mealor

I look forward to the holidays every year. Time spent with family, the spirit of giving, tidings of great joy,…

blend a family

Trying to Blend a Family?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

It’s not easy to bring two families together and merge them into one. The different routines, personalities, traditions can all…

Learning Problems

Early Intervention for Learning Problems: A Quick Guide

By Larry Silver

The Power of Language “Language underwrites all academic performance,” says educational psychologist Marie Wynne. “I wish I had a nickel…


(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.