Texas Chapter

TACA holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the United States that feature educational speakers on important topics and allow family members to connect with one another and stay on top of the latest information in the autism world. Each TACA group maintains a resource library of the latest autism books and DVDs/CDs that can be checked out by members at no charge.

Texas Events

Friday, June 21

Rapid Prompting Method

6:30 - 8:00 PM
FEAT-NT Resource Center & Library
7286 Glenview Drive
Richland Hills, TX 76180

Speaker: Katie Anawalt, M.S., CCC - Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Specialist, PROMPT Trained, Owner of The Anawalt Practice
Are you looking to learn more about improving communication and learning for your child with autism? Join TACA Texas as we welcome RPM provider Katie Anawalt for a parent Q&A. Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) is an educational method for autism and related conditions. It empowers the student to communicate thoughts, reason, opinions and answers to questions. This is accomplished by assessing the open learning channels and student tolerances in the instance of learning. Students can further learn using RPM self helps tasks, leisure skills, and many other skills leading to independence. RPM was developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay and read more about it here: www.Halo-Soma.org
Katie earned her Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology graduating with distinction from California State University, Northridge. As a speech-language pathologist, Katie is responsible for assessing and treating speech and language disorders in children and adults and is highly familiar with the aspects of managing screening, evaluation, consultation with families, and treatment activities in the school, home, and clinical settings. Katie has extensive training and clinical experience in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Since 2004, Katie has dedicated herself to learning and using Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) and other support strategies that incorporate AAC to maximize an individual’s communication skills. Created by Soma Mukhopadhyay, RPM is an academic method leading towards communication for person with autism and related disorders. Katie is one of a limited number of professionals certified in RPM. In addition, Katie has completed continuing education in the PROMPT Institute’s Introduction to PROMPT: Technique. PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is an approach to speech production disorders that addresses the physical-sensory, cognitive-linguistic, and social-emotional elements of motor performance. Katie has worked with several clients, ages 4 to adult, achieving effective independent, multimodal communication through AAC. Katie has extensive experience collaborating with her clients’ families and support staff (teacher, aides, other professionals) to develop ways to generalize AAC into the home and school setting.

Saturday, June 22

Treating and Testing for Lyme Disease - A Recorded Presentation

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Humperdinks Brewpub
700 Six Flags Dr
Arlington, TX 76011

Join TACA Texas Autism Support Group at Humperdinks Brewpub in Arlington for an afternoon recorded presentation from the National TACA Autism Conference featuring Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM, Treating and Testing for Lyme Disease. Let's learn together and leave with more information. Meeting will be in the Private Room towards the back of the restaurant. The TACA lending library will be available. First Time Attendee?? Welcome!! An Autism Journey Guide is yours to keep as a resource for your family. The first 20 attendees will be gifted Darin Ingels latest book, The Lyme Solution.
Called “The Great Mimic”, Lyme disease often gets misdiagnosed as many other chronic conditions including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, lupus and autism. In this recorded presentation, Dr. Ingels will show how to identify Lyme disease in you or your child and discuss natural treatment options that are safe and effective. He will discuss the role of gut health and will outline the path to overcoming Lyme disease and regaining better health. Dr. Ingels will discuss different forms of immunotherapy to help create a healthier immune system.

Tuesday, June 25

Frisco Coffee Club

10:00 - 11:30 AM
(Inside Market Street)
11999 Dallas Pkwy
Frisco, TX 75034

Join TACA Parent Mentor Raechel for the June Frisco Coffee Club. Conveniently located in Starbucks at Market Street. Connect with other autism families and get the support you need to make the most of each day for yourself and your family.

Sunday, June 30

TACA Family Movie - Toy Story 4

12:30 - 3:00 PM
Studio Movie Grill
4721 W Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093

Bring your family and come and enjoy this private TACA movie screening of Toy Story 4. Woody and Buzz Lightyear are back for the final chapter of this beloved series that has spanned two decades. Enjoy a movie with absolutely no judgments about behavior with your family. Price includes a special lunch menu with gluten free and dairy free options. This family movie screening accommodates special needs with lower sound, always dim (but never too dark) lights, and the freedom to let your kids move about and make noise without being shushed. Seating begins at 12:30 pm and the movie begins at 1 pm. Advanced purchased tickets are required at a cost of $5 per person. Cost includes one set menu item with soda and popcorn. There are a limited number of tickets so buy yours today! Scholarships are available. Contact the Texas Coordinators for more scholarship information here.

Thursday, July 11

A Journey to Communication - A Recorded Presentation

7:00 - 8:30 PM
La Madeleine
8008 State Hwy 121, Suite 100
Frisco, TX 75034

Join TACA Texas as we watch a recorded presentation from the TACA East Coast Conference, "A Parent’s Journey to Presuming Competence and Utilizing Multi-Modal Communication with their Non-Speaking Child" with Michelle Del Rosario and William Del Rosario. Come see how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has become the vehicle for communication on William’s journey. Free TACA Journey Guides for new families and the lending library will be available. RSVP so we can save you a seat!
Michelle Del Rosario has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton. She and her husband have three children, ages 24, 22 and 18. Her youngest son has autism and is non-speaking. Michelle has a passion for seeking parent education and learning more about how to help her son use multi-modal communication methods while presuming competence. She has been able to pay it forward by volunteering as a parent mentor and TACA Chapter Co-Coordinator. In sharing her experiences about their journey to communication, she and her son continue to demonstrate that non-speaking doesn’t mean non-thinking. More recently Michelle has expanded her role within TACA by accepting the position of Mentor Program Coordinator and is dedicated to helping families take action to find hope and answers for their children.

Thursday, July 25

Austin Coffee Club

7:00 - 9:00 PM
La Madeleine - Arboretum Austin
9828 Great Hills Trail
Austin, TX 78759

Join TACA Parent Mentor Michele for the July Austin Coffee Club. Connect with other autism families to find the support you need to make the most of each day for yourself and your family. Join the conversation and share information, get fresh ideas, and resources. Free TACA Journey Guides for new families and the lending library will be available. Look for the friendly faces in the Private Room. RSVP so we can save you a seat! We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen!

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