American Academy Sept. 29 Event To Focus On ADHD Teens

American Academy, a program within American Heritage Schools, will host “Secrets to Better Communication with Your ADHD Teenager,” a virtual event via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. This event is part of American Academy’s monthly “Experts in Learning Differences” speaker series. Hosted by Alexandra Rollins, admissions director of the American Academy Program, the expert speakers for the September event are Diane Dempster and Elaine Taylor-Klaus, parent coaches and co-founders of Impact Parents.

This virtual event will provide viewers with proven techniques and scripts that can be used for better conversations and will help parents and teachers create harmony at home, in the classroom and everywhere else. Attendees will learn how to diffuse defensiveness, get buy-in, provide effective feedback and improve relationships instantly.

“We felt strongly that parents of complex kids with learning differences needed someone to provide support to help their kids navigate life’s complications, and we realized that ‘someone’ was us! Who better than two professional moms whose lives and families had been transformed by coaching to pave a new path for other parents?” Dempster and Klaus explained.

Dempster is a professional coach, speaker, author and educator with 20 years of corporate leadership experience. An experienced leader, expert in change management and all-around life-sherpa, Dempster helps clients create deep, sustaining change and open their eyes to life. She received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

The mother of a complex family of five, Taylor-Klaus co-created a comprehensive and empowering collaborative problem-solving method for fostering independence: the Impact Model for taking a coach-approach to parenting complex kids. An author, speaker, coach and trusted advisor, Taylor-Klaus is also co-author of “Parenting ADHD Now! Easy Intervention Strategies to Empower Kids with ADHD,” and the author of “The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety and More.”

The speaker series is streamed live virtually, and available for viewing following each event. The purpose of the series is to educate families about topics that relate to mild learning differences. All of the speakers are experts in the various disciplines of each topic. The American Academy’s goal is to provide families with a safe space to ask questions and strengthen their knowledge about how to ensure the success of their child.

Limited spots are available for this free, online and live event. To reserve a spot, visit For more information about the speaker series, visit