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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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6 Core Coaching Concepts for Creating Change

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson What do…


Capitalize On Your Strengths

By Diane Dempster

The Do-It-All Mom Myth As parents (particularly if we are women) we often think we need to be able to…


When in Doubt, Give Options Not Advice

By Diane Dempster

In coach training, we are taught to avoid giving advice. This is for several reasons. Perhaps most importantly, it empowers…


Choosing Self-Compassion Over Self-Esteem

By Diane Dempster

Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem? An article I read suggested that it is. Growing up, I learned that self-esteem…

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Read or Write Every Day

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Read or write something for yourself every day. Some people like to get in bed and read every night, and…

Elaine Taylor-Klaus

A Fresh Start With A New Focus

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Letting Go and Starting Fresh There is something absolutely liberating about the beginning of the year. We get to let…

Keyuri Joshi

Life Lessons From Halloween

By Keyuri Joshi

Years ago when I was in coaching school, my class discussed ways in which we could assist our client to…


Flexibility + Structure = Moderation

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Staying Conscious of Moderation While I have a strong preference for dark chocolate over any other “sweet,” Halloween definitely tests…

Karen Paz

Life Under the Big Top

By Karen Paz

As a child, we dream of growing up, getting married and having kids. We imagine how many kids we may…


(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.