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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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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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New Year, New Start

By Diane Dempster

It’s that time of year again – time for reflection and resolutions. It can be a great thing to look…

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5 Best Videos on ADHD for Parents & Kids

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Parents ask us all the time what are the best videos on ADHD for parents, and for their kids. Generally,…

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Failing forward

Failing Forward: Make Every Mistake a New One

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

They Just Don’t Understand I sat in the school auditorium, surrounded by about 300 other parents. I was there to…

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Can You Get a PARENT Break During School Vacation?

By Diane Dempster

When School Vacation Meets Holiday Stress When kids hop off the bus on the last day of school before holiday…

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Foster Independence: Don’t Fix The Pain

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The hardest thing in the world is to know your child is in pain, and walk away. While it applies…

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Go to the Bathroom

Go to the Bathroom!

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

This is one of those Self Care Tips that seems ridiculous on the surface, but that many of you women…

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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.