Home Life Articles

Managing a household requires more thought and planning when you have a child with autism. This section explores those additional needs with information related to safety, holidays, family relationships, budget and estate planning.

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Safety

Keeping Your Kids with ASD Safe

Safety is a top priority to all parents. Having autism brings unique challenges to keeping our children safe and protected….

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Risk Reduction Strategies for Physical and Sexual Abuse

Sadly, individuals with autism are more vulnerable to abuse due to challenges in communication, poor social awareness, and being viewed…

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Autism and Bullying

Most parents worry about their child being bullied. While statistics vary across research studies, people with autism are undoubtedly victims of…

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Water Safety

Teaching your child with autism how to swim AND helping them develop water safety skills from a young age is critical…

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Developing Skills at Home

In-Home Therapy Programs

Sometimes children receive therapies in their home environment instead of a therapy center, office, or school. Interventions that occur in…

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Engaging with Your Child at Home

Parents often struggle with how to help their child at home and may feel guilt that they are not doing…

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Life Skills

Functional life skills are the everyday tasks we all need to lead independent lives. Mastering these skills builds self-esteem and…

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Social Skills

Social skills are a person’s ability to effectively interact and communicate with others through our words, actions, and body language….

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Facilitating Friendships

Friendship is an important part of life. A good friend can provide a feeling of connection, happiness, and self-worth. However,…

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Executive Functioning Skills

Executive function is an umbrella term used to describe a set of cognitive skills we use to successfully navigate everyday…

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Job Skills

Working gives people the opportunity to show their abilities, take pride in their accomplishments, and contribute to the community. While…

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What to Do During Summer Months

Many parents worry about their child regressing during the summer break from school. There are multiple ways to keep your…

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Homeschooling Your Child with Autism

More parents of children with autism are opting to homeschool for a variety of reasons. In this article, you will…

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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….

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Presuming Competence in Autism

Presuming competence means valuing all people, including those with autism, as whole individuals with the right to express their thoughts,…

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Holidays and Travel

Traveling with Your Child with Autism

Traveling can be an important part of creating a meaningful life for your child because it opens the door for…

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Fourth of July

Celebrations and holidays gatherings can be very difficult for families with autism. Below are some tried-and-true tips to help make…

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Halloween Tips and Treats for Autism Families

Costumes, loud noises, sugar, sugar, and more sugar… For families with autism, Halloween can be a nightmare. The good news…

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Thanksgiving

Gearing up for the holidays? Afraid of facing Thanksgiving this year? Let TACA help you! While parents and guardians cannot…

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Autism and the Holidays

Celebrations and holidays gatherings can be very difficult for families with autism. Below are some tried-and-true tips that will help…

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Budgeting Ideas and Funding

Emergency Assistance

If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency and need immediate assistance, call 911. Times of crisis or hardship…

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Obtaining Funding for an AAC Device

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

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Tax Strategies for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

If you’re the parent of a child with special needs, there are some tax strategies to be aware of that…

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ABLE Accounts

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 is a tax-advantaged savings program designed for eligible people with…

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GFCFSF Diet on a Budget

Feeding your family a GFCFSF diet on a budget involves using the same basic strategies you would typically use to…

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Must Schools Provide Meal Modifications For Students On Special Diets?

Federal laws and regulations require public schools to provide meal modifications through the cafeteria service, at no additional cost, to…

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The Whole Family

Hope and Autism Parenting

As families coping with an autism diagnosis, our journey is fueled by education, support, and hope. Often as parents, we…

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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…

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Estate Planning and Trusts

ABLE Accounts

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 is a tax-advantaged savings program designed for eligible people with…

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Legal Planning and Special Needs Trusts

Proper planning for your child’s future requires documentation, and all of these require a lawyer. Last Will and TestamentDescribes how…

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Preparing for Your Special Needs Child’s Future by Planning for Your Departure

“The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin This article is about death. This is not…

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Hope & Help for Autism Private Group

TACA’s private Facebook Groupis a well-moderated group for parents/caregivers of an individual with autism...
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Resources

TACA provides in-depth, comprehensive information and resources to help parents navigate all aspects of the autism...
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Chapters

TACA chapters across the US hold meetings, autism learning seminars, coffee talks, and family events...
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Virtual Support Hours via TACA Connect App

Join TACA Support Hours! Each week, TACA Mentors will help families create a plan to connect with resources...
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Conferences

Annually, TACA hosts a parent conference featuring expert speakers from across the United States. Presentations focus...
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Scholarships

TACA provides national or regional scholarships as funding is available to assist in financing functional medicine doctors...
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Southern California Outreach

TACA’s national headquarters office is located in Irvine, California, and has the capacity to provide extended in-person resources...
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