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Grandparents Must be Part of the Journey

When my son announced that he was naming his second son, Charlie, after me, I was very humbled and overwhelmed with pride. “Charles” has been an important name in our family tree. But many...

Oliver's Autism Journey From Sickness to Better Health

We often look back and wonder just how Oliver got so sick. We have our suspicions. And we have our regrets. Our family has a combined medical history filled with autoimmune issues like diabetes, ALS...

15 Years Later, Ready for Autism Answers

My son Andrew is 15 1/2 years old.  He is non verbal, has autism, and a lovely contagious smile.  He had a brief “sleep deprived” EEG done right after diagnosis when he was around 3 years old. It lasted...

From Autism To Skateboard Star

He has gone from needing hand over hand balance help from Harris to skating 11 ft pools. Many times he is the best skater at the park. This has transpired in just one year. Through skating, we have seen...

The Autism Monster

My son, Darren, was born July 4, 1999. My labor was long and hard on us both and, after two and a half days, it ended in an emergency C-section. He had swallowed meconium and the umbilical cord was...

Truman's Improvement

Truman was diagnosed with autism in 2007, just after his 3rd birthday, which was also his first year of pre-school in an early intervention program. But earlier, he said his first word at six months of age, “baby...

Fighting For Another Day

After fifteen months of suspicion and wondering, my daughter’s neurologist gave me confirmation in the form of a written diagnosis: “Autism Spectrum Disorder, Encephalopathy.” The words echoed in...

I Found Hope

On July 7, 2009, at 2:21 a.m., our second child, Noah made his QUICK entry into the world at 39 weeks and 3 days gestation. He was born a mere 20 minutes after arriving to the hospital.  He was so excited to...

Gavin's Treatments

Gavin was a happy baby who rarely cried and was always content. He hit his milestones and was actually walking by around 9 months! When he was 3 years old, the doctor mentioned that Gavin was...

Child Blossoms with Family Behind Him

Our son, Hagen, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3, though he started showing early signs at 2.  In January, he is turning 5.  It has been an interesting couple of years! The worst issues he had...

The Beginning of What's to Come

I was 24 years old when I had my son, Christian, in 1999. He was such a good baby. He started First Steps when he was 2 months old. He had a lump on the side of his neck and I noticed he couldn’t turn his...

Interventions Helped

When Aareck was born, he had some medical complications. He developed pulmonary hypertension, along with pneumonia. He was hospitalized in the NICU for ten days. For seven of those days...

Lessons From the Autism Journey

Mia was a premature baby, born at 34 weeks. I had a very complicated pregnancy, and to this day doctors still don’t understand my pregnancy. I lost 40 pounds while pregnant, yet was never nauseated...

Teddy's Story

Our twins, Teddy & Tara, were born on June 24th, 2008. They were perfect, healthy babies. We realized how lucky we were and never took a second for granted as I had had an extremely difficult pregnancy. In...

A Fun and Awesome Kid

In 2006, we welcomed another baby boy into our family. Luke was born with a shock of jet black hair and a beautiful disposition. He was an easy-going baby, breastfed well (always hungry) and was a gorgeous...

When I Found TACA

I wasn’t at all surprised when our then 2-year-old son, Eddie, was diagnosed with autism. I had read a lot about autism and knew that Eddie had many red flags, especially the stimming and lack of...

Marcus' Journey

Marcus was diagnosed with autism two months before his third birthday. There were signs that something was not quite right since he was a baby, but he was our first child and we didn’t know any better...

The Special Needs Journey

I thought I had done everything right.  I had opted out of a sonogram, ate organic food, used organic products, and exercised while carrying my son, River.  He was born naturally, without any complications...

We Have Come A Long Way

Tristan was born in November 1999 after a wonderful and uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery to a first time mom. He breastfed immediately and the first few months after he was born were “normal”...

The Day We Went to the Circus

Most parents will never forget the day they realized their child had autism. For me, it was the day we went to the circus. That was the day my denial ended, and our autism journey started. When the lights...

Results Will Vary

Within the first few months after receiving an autism diagnosis for your daughter, you will come to realize that she is a bit more unique than you were previously told.  Health practitioners and therapists may...

Our 2-Pound Miracles

They say autism is a marathon, not a sprint, and I have to say I agree with that sentiment. Our marathon began in 2006 with the arrival of my identical twin sons, born at 26 weeks. Three weeks later we...

Music To Our Ears

My daughter, Ryan, was born December 4, 2002. Three and a half years later, she was diagnosed with autism. I became concerned about her development at age 2 ½, when she didn’t answer to her name...

Child Blossoms With Family Behind Him

When Jim Jr. was 3, doctors told his parents he would need assistance all his life. He stopped developing normal language skills. He did not learn to point. He stopped developing like a typical child. “He...

Goal!!!

“Dad, I miss hockey.” That’s what my 6 year-old son, who has autism, said to me a couple of weeks ago as we were getting ready for dinner. I can honestly say that I never expected to hear those words from...

Thank You Lisa

I wanted to write a note of gratitude to TACA. But, I want to share this here so everyone that you know - knows that you saved a child's life - and that child is my son, Brandon. I went to a Talk About...

The Autism Bible

When you first undergo the shock of the newest word to your vocabulary…. “Autism” you go through a roller coaster of emotions. I remember reaching out to friends and family, all of whom were as...

G's Story: It's All In The Eyes

We didn’t expect our pediatrician to tell us she thought our infant son’s problems were signs of autism. But we are glad she did: in that moment she added precious months – maybe years – to his...

Akshay's Story: There is no Such Thing as a "Window"

On March 21, 2002 my dreams to be a mother became fulfilled. I gave birth to a beautiful boy and we named him Akshay, in Sanskrit it means “everlasting.” I remember calling his name right after delivery and...

Taco, TACA?: A Father's First TACA Parent Meeting

I walked into my house after another brutal commute from my office. My wife, waiting for me at the door, promptly asked, “What are you doing tomorrow?" Oh no, I thought since tomorrow was Saturday I had...

Roadmap has Les To Progress For Adam

When he was 2 years old, Adam had no language, no eye contact and was seemingly unable to follow the simplest of commands, like “come here.” Although our now 8-year-old son is not recovered (yet)...