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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

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Turn off the Screens

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

You’ve heard it before, I’m sure, but it warrants repetition: create good sleep habits. They say you should only use…

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Piggy back ride

Play Hookie

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Okay, so maybe this one isn’t as much of a coaching tip as it is a parenting tip, but it’s…

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Summer Nails

Summer Toes

By Diane Dempster

I’m not normally a mani-pedi kind of girl, but each spring, when the weather starts to get warmer, I head…

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More with Less

Say More with Less

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

In coaching training they teach that, if you hear yourself talking a lot, you’re probably talking too much. Coaching involves…

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Know Your Limits

Know Your Limits

By Diane Dempster

This week is a crazy one for me – I’m volunteering at girl scout day camp and still trying to…

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Surrender

Surrendering As a Parent Can Be a Strategy For Success

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Sometimes the best way to take care of yourself is actually to surrender your own agenda. With a task list…

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Kirk Martin

Kirk Martin's Tricks for Breaking Negative Patterns

By Kirk Martin

Where should you start? That’s easy. I want you to start by focusing on yourself. This Summer, learn to develop these 3 new habits that are all focused on taking care of yourself! When you do, you’ll be amazed at how much it helps your entire family.

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What Do You Want?

What Do You Want?

By Diane Dempster

As parents we often have a hard time prioritizing our own needs. We know that taking care of ourselves gives…

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witness

Can I Get a Witness?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

When you hear the word witness, you automatically think about observing a crime, or a miracle. But the coaching skill…

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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.