Children with special needs – especially the “invisible challenges” like mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, learning problems, intellectual disabilities, Autism, or chronic health conditions – are complex. These complex kids can be inconsistent, puzzling, even frustrating, and their parents want help.

Many professionals might be involved, often doing wonderful work. But it takes more than a committed teacher, a thorough GP, or a dedicated therapist to raise a complex kid. The greatest impact comes from those in the role of parent.

For the professionals who work with complex kids, it can be challenging to find the time and resources to provide adequate support to parents. As a result, parents can feel stressed and isolated. Wanting what’s best for their kids, obstacles can seem insurmountable, fears overwhelming, and the same old patterns repeat.

But there are other ways.

Just as sporting coaches help athletes perform to the best of their abilities in pursuit of their goals, parents can do the same for their kids. Whether working with elite international competitors, or toddlers at the local kinder-gym, the best coaches start where the athlete is, and then focus on helping them develop the skills they need to perform to their potential.

Using a “coach-approach” to parenting frees parents to follow a similar path – to be more encouraging and supportive, which in turn helps their kids experience more success.

Renowned educator and advocate, Elaine Taylor-Klaus, has been helping parents around the world develop a coach-approach to parenting. In December 2015, Elaine is coming to Melbourne to deliver three unique training opportunities (click each title for more details):

– A public presentation for parents

– An intensive, interactive, morning workshop for parents 

– A workshop for professionals from the health, community and education sectors

Flyers for printing or social media are available on the downloads page.