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Communication and speech issues are prevalent in autism. It is estimated that about 40% of children with autism do not have verbal speech. Come join TACA this month as we explore different types of speech issues, underlying causes of speech issues, augmentative and alternative communication modalities, therapeutic and medical treatment options, and more!

Communication Toolbox

with Darlene Hanson

Actively Supporting Communication

Upcoming Events

May 9

3:30PM HST / 6:30PM PST

Families in the West - April has been a whirlwind of learning, meeting new families, and lots of HOPE. Let's get together virtually with TACA and continue to take ACTION. Together, we'll share questions and challenges to help gather ideas and resources for your journey as well. Sharing your experiences with other families on the autism journey will have us all leaving with a lot of learning and a lot of HOPE!

May 12

4:30PM PDT / 7:30PM EDT

TACA will host a virtual roundtable discussion about common educational issues pertaining to children with autism. Hear from panelists about their families' experiences with speech communications issues, therapies, and co-occurring medical conditions. Pre-submit questions on the registration form to learn from non-speaking autism self-advocates and their families. Following the panel discussion, your questions will be discussed during a moderated Q&A session.

May 19

12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT

TACA Leader and internationally collected contemporary artist Michelle Burt has a treat for TACA families this May! Tune in and connect with other parents to explore what gives you hope in this autism journey. For communication month, we will use art as a tool to discuss our own experiences and learn from families like ours. Registration will close shortly before the event. An email with the log in information will be sent to you the day of the event.

May 23

11:00AM CDT / 12:00PM EDT

Families in the East - April has been a whirlwind of learning, meeting new families, and lots of HOPE. Let's get together virtually with TACA and continue to take ACTION. Together, we'll share questions and challenges to help gather ideas and resources for your journey as well. Sharing your experiences with other families on the autism journey will have us all leaving with a lot of learning and a lot of HOPE!

May 24

4:30 PM PDT / 7:30 PM EDT

Parents of Teens and Adults – Join us for this virtual presentation about friendship from the perspective of young adults with autism who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). Our guest speakers, Bella, Otto and William, will share about how their friendship as non-speaking AAC users is the same, but different from those who are speakers. Following the presentation there will be a moderated Q&A session. *Please note: This meeting will be presented via our new TACA Connect app. Details to set up your free account will be provided with the RSVP process. 

Free Online Learning - Now Through May 31

with Dane Fliedner, MD, MPH, FAAP

One of the hallmarks of Autism is disorders of speech and is a major struggle for many families. Limited speech can be much more than just not hearing our children talk properly.

Free Online Learning - Now Through May 31

with Dawnmarie Gaivin, RN, AT-ACP, S2C Practitioner

Learn how to teach individuals with motor challenges the purposeful motor skill necessary to point to letters to spell as an alternative means of communication (AAC)...

Articles

Speech issues are common in autism. In fact, about 40% of children with autism do not talk at all. Providing your child with an effective means to communicate...

This article provides information about medical causes for speech issues in autism as well as treatment options. There are two approaches to addressing speech issues...

Providing your child with an effective means to communicate their thoughts, opinions, experiences, feelings, and knowledge is essential...

For many people with autism, iPads literally give them a voice. Unfortunately, iPads aren't cheap. Even the least expensive iPad is unaffordable...

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Disclaimer

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) provides general information regarding medical research, treatment options, therapies and nutrition to the autism community. The information comes from a variety of sources and is not independently verified by TACA. Nothing presented in print or at meetings should be construed as medical or legal advice. Always consult your child's doctor regarding his or her individual needs.