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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


Video: Where’s Your Curiosity?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Instead of Getting Furious … Do you ever get so mad at your kids, teens or young adults that you…

presence is present

Your Presence Is Present Enough

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Your Presence is Present Enough There is nothing your kids need more from you than your undivided attention. Not every…


Alone At The Table

By Diane Dempster

“My spouse is not at the table with me on the issues surrounding my Complex child.” This is a common…

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Help Your Complex Kids Be Independent (especially in the mornings)

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

We all want our kids to be able to succeed on their own. How can you help your complex kids…

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Summer Video Tip: Summer Planning with Complex Kids

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Summer is a great time to help complex kids learn and practice planning skills, mostly because they can be motivated…

Kids to Get Things Done in the Summer

How To Get Complex Kids to Get Things Done in the Summer

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Take Advantage of Summer Summer is the BEST time of all to help kids with executive function challenges learn how…

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My Fatherhood Pendulum: A Success Story

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Among the many things I love about the work I get to do in the world, it is thrilling to…

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Video Tip: Keep it Simple

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Keep it simple. We, humans, have this tendency to make things really complicated. As parents, we set complex reward systems…

Tame The Bully Within

Model Self-Respect For Your Kids: Tame The Bully Within

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The Worst Bully Okay, so October may be National Bullying Prevention Month, but we all know bullying is a year-round…


(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.