Healthy Eating Tips for Teens and Adults with Autism

Everyone knows that a nutritious diet is key to being healthy. But how do we get our teens and adults with autism to make healthy eating choices? In this article, we will discuss: Starting the GFCF diet with your teen or adult Trying new foods IEPs, transition plans, and food allergies Life skills and meals […]

Autism – More than Genetics

Genetics is a complex science that is constantly evolving. Researchers continue to study the relationship between genetics and autism spectrum disorders. However, what does this mean for families and individuals with autism? When a child’s autism is genetic, what does that mean? This article will cover: Autism and Genetics  Different types of genetic testing What […]

State Identification and REAL ID

When a person turns 18, they need to obtain a state identification card. Typically, a person’s driver’s license serves as their state identification card. However, if that person does not drive, they will need to apply for an ID card. A REAL ID is an optional identification card that allows the person to fly domestically […]

Presuming Competence in Autism

Presuming competence means valuing all people, including those with autism, as whole individuals with the right to express their thoughts, feelings, and opinions. For individuals with autism, this includes the right to communicate, the right to be treated their age, to have their views and feelings respected, and to be involved in decisions about their […]

Strategies for a Calmer Home

There are numerous strategies that autism parents can incorporate into their home life that will make life easier and calmer. All it takes is a little preparation to make everything run much smoother. In addition, learning how to communicate daily happenings to your child can make all the difference. Kids with autism can meltdown with […]

Do Parents Need Therapy Too?

As parents, we tend to neglect ourselves when raising our children.  Healing ourselves, however, is one of the most important pieces of parenting our kids with autism. Parents must be healthy in order to provide a supportive and hopeful home environment. Additionally, our kids can feel our energy, and that energy should be positive. We hear […]

Hope and Autism Parenting

As families coping with an autism diagnosis, our journey is fueled by education, support, and hope. Often as parents, we become overwhelmed by the unpredictable nature of our circumstances. Suddenly, we have to adjust to a future that looks different than how we might have imagined it. Subsequently, parents of children with complex medical needs […]

TACA National Medical Scholarship

  Thanks to the Starfish Kids Foundation, we are happy to announce TACA families have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship for treatment with a functional medicine doctor. Purpose The TACA Family Scholarship Fund was developed to help families who want to pursue medical treatment for their children with autism but need additional funding […]

TACA National Homeopathy Scholarship

  Thanks to the Starfish Kids Foundation, TACA families can apply for a scholarship to see a homeopathic practitioner of their choice, for a maximum of $1,000. Purpose The TACA Family Scholarship Fund was developed to help families who are pursuing treatment for their children with autism, but are struggling to find the funding. We […]

Mast Cells and Autism

A mast cell is a type of white blood cell that is found in connective tissues all over the body, including under the skin, near blood and lymph vessels, and in the nerves, lungs, and intestines. We mainly think of mast cells when referring to something we are allergic to, but they do a lot […]

TACA National Liquid Immunity+ Bundle Scholarship

Stress and environmental toxins can have a serious impact on your child’s immune system. As current research shows, many on the autism spectrum have co-occurring autoimmune issues and need supplements to support their health. TACA is pleased to offer scholarships for the Liquid Immunity+ Bundle from Mary Ruth’s Organics containing a Multivitamin, Elderberry, Liquid Probiotic, Multimineral and […]

Aggression and Behavior in Autism

Behavioral issues in autism may be one of the hardest issues for parents to manage. Children with autism may display extensive, long-lasting behavior. Therefore, understanding and troubleshooting these events can help a child and parent find coping mechanisms and solutions.  In short, it is hard to tell the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. Despite […]

Detoxification and Autism 

At first glance, many would think that autism and detoxication have nothing to do with one another. However, it has been shown that kids with autism have impaired detoxification. Furthermore, one in six children has a neurodevelopmental disability. Elevated levels of pollution in the air, water, and land, along with increased use of chemicals, have had a detrimental […]

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders

In this article, you will find information on old diagnostic criteria for autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger’s syndrome from the DSM-IV.  Notably, in 2013, the The American Psychiatric Association (APA) consolidated these three diagnoses under one diagnosis of “autism spectrum disorder” in the DSM-5. For information about the current diagnostic criteria for autism, please click […]

TACA National Medical Scholarship

Thanks to our fundraising efforts, we are happy to announce TACA families have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship for treatment with a functional medicine doctor. Purpose The TACA Family Scholarship Fund was developed to help families who want to pursue medical treatment for their children with autism but need additional funding to initiate […]

ABLE Accounts

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 is a tax-advantaged savings program designed for eligible people with disabilities. Also known as 529A ABLE accounts, these funds can be used to help individuals and families pay for qualified disability expenses, such as: Education Transportation Healthcare Housing Assistive technology Employment Distributions for qualified disability […]

Avoiding Toxins

Accumulating evidence establishes a clear link between exposure to pollutants and chemicals with cognitive, motor, and sensory impairments. Scientists believe this is due to epigenetics, where environmental triggers switch specific genes on or off without affecting DNA sequences. In other words, you can reverse the effects of some epigenetic changes by avoiding toxins from chemicals and pollutants. […]

Complex Gastrointestinal Issues in Autism

Complex gastrointestinal issues in autism require more complex action. When your child is still suffering despite dietary intervention, supplementation, and remedies mentioned in the Constipation and Diarrhea article, it is time to find a qualified gastroenterologist. When Should I Consider a GI Specialist for My Child? Behavior is communication.  If your child with autism is […]