Evaluate glutathione

Glutathione is the primary antioxidant in the body, and it is also an important defense against toxic metals. Every cell in the body and every system in the body is affected by glutathione, especially the immune system, nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, and lungs. Studies show that the supplements Vitamin C, Folinic Acid/TMG (Trimethylglycine)/methyl-B12, NADH (Vitamin […]

Start social skill development

Social skills are needed for anything from taking turns, to not interrupting conversations, to not telling “too much” truth (telling an overweight person that they are fat, for example), to conversational skills, to making and keeping friends. Kids with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don’t learn intrinsically or pick up on social cues, verbal or nonverbal, […]

Understand health insurance coverage

Autism is expensive. Very expensive. Everything costs a fortune because it’s specialized. Many practitioners don’t even accept insurance. Few sources of funding exist, and the ones there are, are generally overwhelmed. You will need to learn how to use your insurance and other sources of funding BEFORE using your own money, or you will be […]

Hire a special education attorney or advocate

It’s highly unlikely that you will get through your child’s school career without needing legal assistance of some kind. We recommend that parents never attend a school team or IEP meeting without an advocate or lawyer. We also recommend parents educate themselves about the law as much as possible so you can know when someone […]

It is all in the POOPS

More and more research confirms that 70-85% of people with ASD have a treatable gastrointestinal disease or condition like Colitis, Crohn’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Celiac Disease or GERD (Acid Reflux). Leaving these conditions untreated causes pain, which causes aggression, inability to learn, maladaptive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors and can result in serious complications and death. […]

Start the Gluten Free/Casein Free/Soy Free (GFCFSF) Diet

The GFCFSF diet, known as the “Autism Diet” has been around for many years and has helped many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) improve their lives, health, and functioning. Research shows 91% of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) benefit from this diet, when implemented correctly. GFCFSF is a diet free of Gluten (wheat, […]

Call Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) providers

Children affected with autism have unique needs and often require an intensive therapy program to address them. The unique needs could include many issues such as: managing behaviors, enabling learning, and the ability to work on deficits. These programs are in place ultimately to help the child prepare for typical learning placements at their local […]

Ruling-out medical tests

If your insurance covers it, you should consider getting a genetics workup, ideally through a geneticist. Some of the common tests run on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are MTHFR, Fragile X, Rett Syndrome, Wilson’s Disease, mitochondrial dysfunction, Chiari 1 and PON1. If your insurance covers it, obtain metabolic and mitochondrial workups as well. […]

Fathers are important too!

It’s not all about the moms! At TACA, we have a much higher rate of male-tendance to our meetings and conferences than other organizations! We love our TACA dads and make sure there are opportunities for support, mentoring, involvement, learning and fun! We don’t care if you’re a biological dad, or a step-dad, we encourage […]

Remove toxins from water, bedding, clothing, etc.

We live in a very toxic world today. Poisons and dangers abound and keeping yourself and your children healthy can be very difficult – and costly. Living “green” can greatly impact your child’s health and it’s not so hard to do once you know what to look out for. Bisphenol A (BPA) plastics in canned […]

Further refine diet: remove phenols, salicylate and corn

Phenols, salicylates, food dyes, and additives are problems that can be addressed after the GFCFSF diet has been started. Generally, it is recommended for parents to address foods high in phenols, salicylates, and additives about 2-6 months after starting the Gluten-, Casein-, Soy-free Diet (GFCFSF) or other similar diet. Phenols are unique properties that can […]

Help your child sleep

Studies show the prevalence rate of sleep disorders among those with autism ranges anywhere from 44-83%.  Unfortunately, typical treatments are often short-lived as they don’t always deal with the underlying causes of sleep disturbances.  Sleep issues not only impact your child’s behavior and health, but have also been associated with cognitive, verbal, and attention impairments. […]

Consider chelation

Chelation therapy is treatment process where an agent is given to scavenge the body for heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum and arsenic. It is felt by many that one of the paths that leads a child towards the symptoms of autism is an exposure to toxins such as heavy metals at a critical […]

Vaccination

Vaccination is a hot topic when it comes to autism. Some families living autism believe their children were adversely affected by vaccines and some families do not. TACA supports a family’s individual right to make the best decision for the care and treatment of their child. We encourage a strong partnership with their family physician, […]

Get support and information!

TACA currently has 32 Chapters in 27 States. Visit http://tacanow.org/local-chapters/ to find local meetings, Coffee Talks, events, conferences and more. Sign up for free eNews targeted to your area to let you know when meetings and events are coming up! If you don’t live near one, you can watch free live Webinars or join our Hope […]

Begin Omega supplements

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), Omegas 3 and 6 (DHA, EPA) aid in brain development and relieve depression. Below quoted from Summary of Dietary, Nutritional, and Medical Treatments for Autism by Dr James Adams Essential Fatty Acids Rationale: Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are critical nutrients for humans. Two general categories of essential fatty acids are omega-3 […]

Investigate & try the “Bs”

B vitamins show up as early as 1968 in the work of Linus Pauling in regards to autism. Dr Pauling called the approach “Orthomolecular psychiatry” which was basically finding the medical issues in “psychiatric disease” and giving what was missing, which lessened the symptoms of the disease. B vitamins are still the most commonly used […]

Test for and treat Yeast

The healthy gut contains both yeast and good bacteria, in balance with each other. In many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), however, one or the other can be out of balance. Bacteria can overgrow, or there can be a complete lack of bacteria. Also, bad bacteria can develop and take over, rather than good […]

See an audiologist

Auditory Processing issues are common in people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Sometimes, they can hear but the connections to their brains are mixing up the signals when trying to process and use the information. There are treatments that can help overcome these issues so include an audiologist in your evaluations.