Social Skills

Social skills are a person’s ability to effectively interact and communicate with others through our words, actions, and body language. Thus, how we adapt to social situations and interactions rely on social skills. Social skills are learned over time but are not always automatic. Consequently, people with autism often need explicit instruction to learn appropriate […]

Finding a Doctor

Finding a qualified and experienced doctor, though challenging, can make all the difference in your child’s health and future. Therefore, in this article, we offer suggestions to help parents find a doctor who can effectively identify and address any underlying medical issues their child may have. It takes a team to care for a child […]

Underlying Medical Issues in Autism

Behavior is communication. Sometimes our kids with autism are communicating their medical issues to us through their behavior. Figuring out underlying medical causes requires patience, keen observation, and an experienced doctor who can help you with proper medical testing and guidance. In this article, you will find a list of documented behaviors associated with autism […]

Lab Testing

Lab testing is important because it helps doctors identify underlying medical issues as well as determine the best course for treatment. In this article, we will discuss lab testing: what information it gives us, basic issues to test for, and what to look for in results. With lab results in hand, you and your doctor […]

An Introduction to Medical Interventions for Autism

Medical interventions for autism can greatly improve your child’s outcome and quality of life.  In this article, we will discuss: Why it’s important to consider a medical approach to autism intervention. Give a brief overview of underlying medical issues that can cause autism-like behaviors. Provide links to resources that will help you successfully begin your […]

Life Skills

Functional life skills are the everyday tasks we all need to lead independent lives. Mastering these skills builds self-esteem and confidence while gaining autonomy. Many people learn life skills through passive watching, imitation, or practicing a few times. Individuals with autism often need explicit instruction with many more repetitions to obtain the same skills. It […]

IEP Transition Planning

One of the core objectives of IDEA is to prepare students for further education, employment, and independent living after high school. Transition services fulfill this objective, and the law requires them to begin the year the student turns 16 years old. This is an exciting time when students become part of the IEP team. They […]

Independent Assessments

Parents need to know their child’s strengths and areas of need in order to make a treatment plan. This is done by conducting assessments. Assessment is the formal process where professionals analyze data to measure knowledge and skills. Where to Begin Assessments may evaluate a broad range of skills or be very specific to a […]

Speech Issues in Autism: Therapeutic and Communication Options

Providing your child with an effective means to communicate their thoughts, opinions, experiences, feelings, and knowledge is essential to creating a meaningful life for them.  While it’s true that navigating speech issues in autism can be challenging, it is important to remember that challenging does NOT mean impossible.  The good news is that you don’t […]

Speech Issues in Autism: Medical Causes and Treatment Options

This article provides information about medical causes for speech issues in autism as well as treatment options.  Please note: There are two approaches to addressing speech issues in autism: medical and therapeutic. TACA recommends that parents seek to address speech issues from both approaches in order to achieve the best possible outcome for their child. […]

Therapeutic Interventions

The most common therapeutic interventions for autism are occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). When exploring therapeutic interventions for your child, there are many options to consider. Make a prioritized list of your child’s needs. Take into consideration your child’s strengths and learning style as well as family finances and […]

Emergency Assistance

If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency, call 911. Times of crisis or hardship can happen to any family at any time. Below is a listing of resources to help you during your time of need. Financial Assistance Call 211 211.org is available in all 50 states They provide help accessing local essential […]

Water Safety

Teaching your child with autism how to swim AND helping them develop water safety skills from a young age is critical in order to keep your child safe. Water safety and swimming lessons are not the same thing. Water safety describes precautions taken when around any body of water to keep your family safe. Practicing water safety helps reduce the risk of drowning for your child.

Puberty

Puberty can be daunting for any teen. Physical changes, rapidly changing hormones, new routines for hygiene, and mood swings place added stress onto our teens with autism. Developmental delays only compound the hardship parents face when helping their child navigate adolescence. It is important to start preparing yourself and your child for these changes prior […]