Evaluate therapy options for efficacy

Evaluate all medical and traditional therapy options for efficacy. Documenting your child’s progress will help you evaluate programs and treatments, as well as show you how far your child has come. Use our free templates to to help you determine what is working and what isn’t so you can add and remove therapies as needed […]

Perform annual medical tests

Annually, your Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctor will want to repeat some tests including Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), Immunoglobulin G (IgG) food allergies, complete blood count (CBC) and red blood cell count (RBC) and other labs as needed. Have your regular doctor order these under insurance!

Perform annual assessments

Each of your child’s therapists should perform and provide reports at least once per year. Sit down with the therapist and go over the reports and suggested goals.

Consider CAPD evaluation by an audiologist

If your child is over the age of 6, consider getting CAPD evaluation by an audiologist. Auditory Processing disorder or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) are common secondary diagnoses for some children with autism. Testing requires a dedicated and educated audiologist who understands autism and hearing disorders.

Continue education

Autism information, science and new treatments is always updating. TACA recommends continuing education. Continued education is especially important if you have not been to a conference in over 2 years. Attend conferences, webinars, meetings and events.

Refine supplements

With your updated medical lab work, and hopefully a new weight measurement, in hand, talk to your doctor about refining your child’s supplements. Some of the questions you should ask are: Do the dosages need to be adjusted up or down? Do you need to add new vitamins? Can you remove some all together? Should […]

Consider a rotation diet

A rotation diet is used to control food allergies by eating same-type foods on planned days and then waiting four days before eating them again. For example, a food will be consumed every four days (chicken on Monday; then no chicken again until Friday). This diet minimizes constant immune response to foods and reduces inflammation […]

Consider listening therapies

Children with sound sensitivities, auditory processing issues and speech delays may benefit from listening therapies. Listening therapies are said to “retrain the brain” using specific pitches, sounds and frequencies.

Get an immune assessment

Many individuals with autism have immune dysfunction which can be treated. Get an appointment with an immunologist or a Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctor to run immune system assessment labs. Discuss oral immunoglobulin, or intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) with your doctor.

Keep learning your child’s legal rights

Knowing even the basics about educational law will save you time and money for the many years your child will be in school. Attend trainings, conferences and webinars, read books and ask questions.

Get involved in state and federal legislation efforts.

State and federal legislation can greatly impact your child’s education, services and adulthood options. Get involved and stay involved in legislative efforts. TACA Blog is a great place to learn about some of the important legislation that may affect your family.