GMOs and ASD

What is GMO? GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants, animals or bacteria created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Is […]

Back to School Links

Back to School Links Yes, it’s that time of year again. We’ve organized all of our Back To School links in one easy place for you! IEP and Special Ed Basics http://tacanow.org/family-resources/getting-ready-for-advocacy/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/closing-the-iep-deal/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/ideas-on-hiring-paying-for-a-special-education-attorney/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/special-education-tips-links/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/independent-assessments/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/presentation-special-education-advocacy/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/upcoming-legal-seminars/ http://tacanow.org/blog/the-real-cost-of-special-education-considering-the-return-on-investment/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/teens-with-asd-testing/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/the-back-to-school-assignment-for-parents-of-special-needs-kids/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/fundamentals-of-special-education/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/getting-staying-organized/ Partners in Policymaking Online Classes Allergies and IEPs http://tacanow.org/family-resources/tips-for-including-dietary-restrictions-in-your-child%E2%80%99s-iep/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/an-essential-handout-for-teachers-aides/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/gfcfsf-school-supplies/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/must-schools-provide-casein-and-gluten-free-foods/ […]

The Controversial DSM-5 has been released: How to safeguard your child’s services

I’ve been writing about the DSM-5 for over 18 months now but it’s officially published now, released into the wild, as it were. Too bad no one likes it, except those who are going to financially benefit from it. Background, in a nutshell The new DSM removes Asperger’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, PDD and Retts […]

Rossignol Studies and Treatments Simplified

We are frequently asked for an easy-to-understand version of the studies and treatments that can help our kids and we’re immensely grateful that Dr. Rossignol has let us post them here for your convenience. They can also be found on his website. Dr. Rossignol has many studies on his website, but here are some simplified […]

Let’s Get Moving! Keeping our kids active, healthy and engaged.

By Holly Bortfeld Kids with ASD need more opportunities to be out and about than their peers because it gives them a break from therapy, but still engages them; it gives them much needed exercise; a view into the real world (instead of being locked in their own); and it keeps the family from being […]

DSM-V Goes Forward: Major shift in diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder approved

DSM-V Goes Forward: Major shift in diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder approved. By Holly Bortfeld and Summer Stech, Esquire The APA just approved a significant revision to the way Autism is diagnosed. Here is the official announcement. Who will this effect? Studies show as many as 75% of people with Asperger’s Syndrome could lose […]

Dealing with Aggression in ASD

By Holly Bortfeld Aggression is not uncommon in autism spectrum disorders where it’s usually a reflection of pain or lack of communication. First things first. Make sure it’s truly autism and not an emotional disorder such as ODD, Conduct Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or undiagnosed anger and conduct issues. These issues are rare, […]

Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome

Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome By Holly Bortfeld The new DSM-V proposes to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome but when reading the new diagnostic criteria, you may realize you/your child no longer fits the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder and may, or may not, meet the criteria for a new diagnosis called Social Communication Disorder […]

Asperger’s – Lost through the cracks

Asperger’s: Lost through the cracks by Holly Bortfeld I have two children with ASD. My son has moderate autism and my daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome. My daughter’s symptoms didn’t start until she got a round of routine childhood vaccinations known as “Kindergarten boosters” (the glut of shots given just before a child enters kindergarten). She […]