Probiotics AND Digestive Enzymes TOGETHER

By Maday Labrador, Ph.D – Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Enzymedica Food intolerances are common, even people who maintain a healthy diet may have challenges with digestion from time to time.  These adverse reactions can be in response to a particular food or compound found in food.  I think almost everyone knows someone who […]

Training is a Big Part of TACA

By Lisa Ackerman Training is a big part of TACA. We take the job of supporting families living with autism very seriously and training is a key element of everything we provide. We are blessed with over 500 active volunteers assisting TACA, our mission and the families we serve. We are deeply indebted for the […]

Community Leaders: TACA Coordinators

By Lisa Ackerman For the past six years, TACA has brought together all Chapter Coordinators from throughout the United States to attend our annual Leadership Conference. They volunteer tirelessly to serve TACA, our mission, and all the families who need our support.  They believe in TACA and are always eager to help families in their […]

Folic Acid and Pregnancy in the Prevention of Autism

 By Dr. Richard Frye – Director of Autism Research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences   Autism, as we know, affects a significant proportion of our children, and the prevalence continues to rise. Unfortunately, neither the cause nor effective treatment is readily available. For many decades it has been assumed that […]

Prescription for Empowerment

By Deanna Nemes-Fecak, TACA New York Coordinator I recently attended a local autism group presentation conducted by our school’s in-house autism consultants.  As the conversation inevitably pivoted toward a tangent, one mother started recounting how she was unable to confirm an appointment with a local mental health practitioner for six months and her child required […]

Leading with Anger

By Lisa Ackerman Watching a perfectly healthy child regress into the world of autism and failing health can do things to really mess with your mind. It’s a front row seat I would never wish on anyone. Imagine you have a child, everything seems great, and suddenly things change. This child gets sick, really sick.  […]

Determining progress: A great tool for families & clinicians

By Lisa Ackerman The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) is a great tool for clinicians and parents to evaluate treatments based on autistic symptoms. ATEC scores collected from thousands of families yield important clues to common treatments for ASD. Autism Research Institute has been collecting more than 26,000 parent surveys on common treatments. To see […]

The ugliest word & problem: BULLYING

by Lisa Ackerman We receive hundreds of reports each year from families living with autism on the issue of bullying. News reports about its incidence keep rising: Bullying takes a toll on autism (1.) To address this concern, TACA’s on staff attorney Summer Stech has continued her advocacy series to help educate families more about […]

It’s about the words: “Outgrow autism”

By Lisa Ackerman After reading dozens of national headlines, instead of being hopeful I am offended (1.)  I will explain why: Individuals with autism typically need many hours if not hundreds or thousands of hours of therapy – many different kinds based on unique needs. An enormous amount of time and energy is also spent […]

Autism needs a Martin Luther King Jr.

By Lisa Ackerman Martin Luther King Jr. means something special to this generation as he did to the ones before us. He was a true inspiration that continues to inspire many today. This past week was his birthday. Children in school get a holiday in his honor. Adults should re-read some of his speeches and […]

Talk About Aching Calves for Talk About Curing Autism

By Jackie Moore Pictured: 126.2 Runners, Deano Montreuil, John McBrayer, Johan “Taz” Desmet, Errol Josephs, Jason Miller and Eric Loffland along with the 126.2 Crew and Jackie Moore, TACA This Friday, January 18th at 4:00 AM, an amazing group of runners will start from Turner Field in Downtown Atlanta on a 126.2 mile, 2 day […]

FRAGILE (FRA-GEE-LAY): It must be Italian!

By Holly Bortfeld When we put our house on the market 9 years ago, we had professional cleaners and painters come in and do their thing.  We had already moved out of state for better services so the place was bare, just carpets and walls.  It was still a crime scene. The relator held an […]

Top 2012 TACAnow blogs

by Lisa Ackerman In 2012, the TACAnowblog has reached almost 130,000 readers. The content appears to be relevant for a community blog. The archives of articles are pretty amazing and always available for your review. We appreciate the guest blogs from Drs. Bob Sears, Dan Rossignol, Elizabeth Mumper, some great TACA parents, individuals diagnosed with […]

Farewell 2012. Welcome 2013!

by Lisa Ackerman It’s the end of another year, 2012 is almost in the history books! It’s only in reflection that I am reminded that what feels like a blink now, wasn’t. As usual, TACA was a whirlwind of activity all year; helping families, building relationships, and expanding our community. This could not have happened […]

Real Stories. Real Hope.

You haven’t experienced joy until you have seen the TACA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/talkaboutcuringautism) or FLICKR Page:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/talkaboutcuringautism/sets/72157632301247683/ . We asked families what they are celebrating in progress for their ASD child in 2012 last night at 4pm and over 140 photos and motivational stories were sent in. And more keep coming! I LOVE THIS! This […]

Parents with children on the spectrum are not allowed to get sick or die

By Lisa Ackerman I know, a pretty harsh title for a blog. But I wish I could write something as important as this and POOF make it a true statement. You may be asking: what made me go to this topic? It is a simple answer – a story on TV is mirroring emails and […]

Will a New Genetic Blood Test for Autism Improve Early Detection?

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Boston have developed a genetic test to detect the most common gene mutations that occur in children with autism (1.) It is hoped that the new test can be used to detect autism earlier than current methods of observational […]