How to Dine Out With Multiple Food Allergies

How to Dine Out With Multiple Food Allergies Having food allergies is very common today, but individuals with ASD often have multiple food allergies so it’s not as easy as saying “no croutons on the salad, please”. You have to know every ingredient in every component of the meal, including the beverage, to make sure […]

Why We Treat Autism

Why We Treat Autism Why does TACA promote treating autism when many professionals still consider this a hopeless diagnosis? TACA’s Vision Statement TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention for children affected by autism. With early intervention, medical treatment unique to each person’s needs and necessary support services for families many children […]

Complimentary Therapies Overview

Auditory Integration Therapy Who & Where: Audiologist – In school or in private practice. Auditory Processing disorder or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) are common secondary diagnoses for some children with autism. As with any treatment or therapy for autism – it may not always work for every child. Testing requires a dedicated and educated […]

Special Diets for ASD

Special Diets for ASD There are many diets parents say work for their children to improve health, behavior, attention, sleep and reduce autism symptoms. This is a partial listing of the most widely used among them, but they all have something in common – clean, unprocessed foods. We’ve all heard the saying “garbage in, garbage […]

Teens and Adults Booklist

Recommended Books For and About Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders For reading recommendations on other topics like education, medical and therapies, please see our Autism Book List Books on Transition Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr. Jed Baker Transition IEPs: […]

Developing Lifeskills: How to Teach A Skill

Developing Lifeskills: How to Teach A Skill What are LifeSkills? Basic lifeskills are laundry, cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, shaving, personal hygiene, shopping, ordering at a restaurant, paying bills, working, taking vitamins or pills, making healthy choices, exercise, advocating for themselves, navigating their community, and making and keeping friends. Some life skills overlap with social skills […]

Volunteering Opportunities for People With ASD

Volunteering Opportunities for People With ASD by Holly Bortfeld Volunteering is essential for creating well-rounded adults. Volunteering not only teaches skills and keeps the volunteer engaged, but also benefits the larger community, spreads autism awareness and we can make new friends. The following are just some examples of volunteering opportunities that may be of interest […]

Developing Lifeskills: Chores

Developing Lifeskills: Chores Household chores can, and should, be started early with very young children, and that goes for children with autism too. Our kids are very capable of learning all of these skills, even if they take longer to learn them. Learn how to break each task down and teach the skills here. Why […]

How To Document Your Child’s Progress

How To Document Your Child’s Progress Documenting your child’s progress over the years will help you evaluate programs and treatments as well as see how far your child has come. State standardized tests performed in schools don’t accurately measure our kids’ abilities but there are a myriad of tests that Psychologists, Occupational, Physical and Speech […]

Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Holly Bortfeld From time to time, everyone has anxiety. Public speaking, work, health scares, relationships and money are the top causes of anxiety in typical adults. Sometimes anxiety turns into full-blown panic attacks, but most of the time, it doesn’t. Anxiety disorders affect approximately 40 million American adults per year, which is about 18 […]

Autism Groups React to New CDC-Reported Prevalence of 1 in 68 Children

WASHINGTON, DC (March 27, 2014)—Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the newest autism prevalence statistics. For children born in 2002, the prevalence of autism was 1 in 68; 1 in 42 boys. Almost 60,000 US 12 year-olds likely have autism.

CA ONLY – Qualified Medicaid Waiver Payments Not Subject to Federal Tax in 2014

By Regina M. Levy CPA UPDATED 3/4/15 – IRS ISSUES NEW Q&A REGARDING NOTICE 2014-7 On February 23, 2015, The IRS issued revised Q&A’s to this important notice. Please follow the link to the IRS website to read all 20 questions and answers. I want to call your attention to a couple important items: # […]

Cashew Chicken – GFCFSF

Cashew Chicken – GFCFSF 1-1/2 – 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 tablespoons dry sherry, or sake 2 tablespoons minced, peeled fresh ginger 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder, divided (use GMO-free cornstarch if need be) Kosher salt 1/2 cup chicken broth 3 tablespoons Coconut Aminos “soy” sauce 1 tablespoon […]

Traveling with Your Children with ASD

Traveling with Your Children with ASD By Holly Bortfeld Over the years, I’ve traveled all over the US with my kids, who both have ASD. Like the movie, “Trains, Planes and Automobiles”, we’ve traveled every way possible. Sometimes our travel was for business, sometimes medical and sometimes pleasure. It takes a little preparation but it’s […]

ASD Teens Cooking Class©

ASD Teens Cooking Class© By Holly Bortfeld My son Max has been homeschooled since his diagnosis back in 1998. Even when he attended a private school for kids with ASD, he still had a home program too. As an ex-caterer, foodie and TACA recipe creator, one of the things I’ve always wanted my kids to […]

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 […]