Massachusetts Chapter

TACA Massachusetts holds meetings, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our meetings feature educational speakers on important topics for ASD families. Our Coffee Talks and family events provide more settings where families can informally network, share resources and speak with seasoned parents.

Massachusetts Events

Sunday, December 9

Destressing from the Holidays with special guest

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Just Breathe Salt Room
45 E. Main Street
Westborough, MA

Special Guest: Dr. Judy Tsafrir
The holidays are stressful for all of us, especially families who have children with special needs. TACA Massachusetts is partnering with Just Breathe Salt Room to recharge the caregivers in a welcoming environment. The salt room is also called Halotherapy which is an integrative, alternative, no-drug therapy.
Our speaker will be Dr. Judy Tsafrir, M.D. who will outline strategies to support mental health and well being through nutrition, preventing further exposure to toxins, detoxification and the identification of factors that can cause anxiety, depression, fatigue and brain fog that are frequently not recognized by conventional psychiatry.
Dr. Judy Tsafrir is adult and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, a Harvard Medical School faculty member, with a private practice of holistic adult and child psychiatry located in Newton, Massachusetts. She advocates and counsels on the need to incorporate a functional medicine model to address the root causes of illness, rather than simply suppressing symptoms with pharmaceuticals.
Special cost to TACA families is $15 per person and payable at the door. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get settled. Space is limited. RSVP is required.

Saturday, December 29

Recharge from the Holidays

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Light House: Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary
1700 Grand Army of the Republic
Somerset, MA 02726

The holiday stress for families who have children with special needs can be taxing. TACA Massachusetts is partnering with Light House: Mind Body Spirit Sanctuary to welcome caregivers to learn how to destress and reduce your total body burden. Self-preservation of health is key to guiding your family to wellness. Nicole Williams, a biomedical nurse and Monica Copeland, both parents to children who have autism, will discuss detoxification and practical strategies to help achieve improved health for the entire family. Our afternoon will conclude with a session of sound meditation “caring for the caregiver” facilitated by a Light House practitioner.

Thursday, January 10

Transition Planning Coffee Talk with guest Leo Rotman

6:30 - 8:30 PM
Temacal Tequila Cantina
155 Worcester Rd.
Framingham, MA

This open discussion will encompass understanding the challenges, both practical and legal, once a child reaches 18 and beyond. Our guest Leo Rotman is the father of a young man with autism who is successfully navigating the demands of college and young adulthood. Leo will be sharing tips and strategies to plan and prepare for independent living and long term care for the child through the adult years.

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