2017 Speakers: The Happy Mama retreat offers the tools to re-discover your own happiness.

Speakers are chosen for the Happy Mama Retreat that will inspire and educate mamas on taking care of themselves, managing a special needs child, and thriving in your special parenthood. The retreat offers education and support to help you advocate for your child, and for yourself.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Certified Coach. Public Speaker. Author. Educator. Co-Founder of Impact ADHD.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC, is a certified co-active coach, a public speaker, an author, an educator and the co-Founder of ImpactADHD®. An international presenter of workshops and seminars, she provides training, coaching and support for parents at all stages of managing “complex” kids. Elaine has served as a parent advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Quality Improvement Initiative on ADHD, and as an expert for Pfizer’s Making Moments public education campaign. A volunteer on the national Board of Directors of CHADD, Elaine is committed to improving the lives of women and their families. The mother of 3 complex teens and young adults, she lives in Atlanta with her husband, David, their children and their 3 dogs. Read more from Elaine on ImpactADHD.com or the www.HuffingtonPost.com/Elaine-TaylorKlaus/.


Sarah Wayland, PhD

Special Needs Care Navigator & Relationship Development Intervention (RDI™) Consultant

Sarah Wayland is a Special Needs Care Navigator with the goal of ensuring that no parent ever feels as lost and confused as she and her husband did when embarking on their journey as parents of two exceptional children with special needs.

Nothing gives her more joy than teaching parents about effective strategies for raising their challenging children, and working with individual clients as an RDI consultant. These parent education programs helped her and her husband figure out the best ways to teach their children the skills they need within the rhythm of normal daily life. This was especially profound, as their lives had become anything but normal. Sarah works to give other families what RDI and parenting classes gave her family: Hope.

In addition to teaching and working with individual clients, Sarah is co-editor of the book, Technology Tools for Students with Autism, and has written articles for the 2e Newsletter, Washington Parent Magazine, the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and Expert Beacon.


John Willson, M.S.

Executive Director at SOAR

John Willson, M.S., is the executive director at SOAR, a high-adventure summer camp, boarding school, and gap year program for youth and young adults with ADHD and other Learning Disabilities. John has spent over 25 years working with youth and young adults diagnosed with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. He has led hundreds of adventure courses across the Unites States and Latin America, and continues to enjoy field time with campers, students, and gappers on a variety of programs. John is the immediate past president of the LDA of North Carolina, and a national board member of CHADD. He actively presents to teachers, parents, and professionals at local, state, and national conferences and has been featured in numerous articles, radio shows, and television shows.


Heidi Bolden MA, Ed.S.

Psychologist at Fast Braiin

Heidi Bolden MA, Ed.S. is a licensed school psychologist with the South Carolina Department of Education. She currently works as a consultant for local Charter Schools, serves as an advocate for the South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program, and works as a full time Psychologist at Fast Braiin (a clinical office for ADHD, Autism, and other developmental and behavioral difficulties). Heidi serves as a liaison for families and schools to identify educational needs and appropriate services for children.  Additionally, she is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach. She is also a loving wife and mother of six children.


Penny Williams

Author. Journalist. Freelance Writer. Speaker. Retreat Co-Founder

Penny Williams is an award-winning authorfreelance writer, journalist, and real estate broker in Asheville, N.C. She was thrust into the all-consuming world of parenting a special needs child when her son, then six, was diagnosed with ADHD in the Fall of 2008. Through the years since, they have discovered additional diagnoses including Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Dysgraphia, Written Expression Disorder, significant Executive Functioning delays, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Penny currently writes for ADDitude Magazine, the #1 national publication dedicated to ADHD, Healthline, WNC Parent, and other various parenting and special needs publications. Penny has published three award-winning books on ADHD -- Boy Without Instructions, and What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD, and The Insider's Guide to ADHD. She also teaches online courses and offers parent coaching for those raising kids with ADHD and/or autism.

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