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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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School

IEP Transition Planning

One of the core objectives of IDEA is to prepare students for life after high school. Specifically, further education, employment,…

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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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Inclusion

Inclusion is a philosophy based on the belief that ALL students belong to their school community. Inclusion gives all students–regardless of label–access…

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Independent Assessments

In order to develop effective goals with your child’s team, you need to know what their strengths and areas of…

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Behavior Issues at School: FBA, BIP, and Seclusion and Restraint

Students with autism may display challenging behaviors that interfere with their education or another student’s education. When this happens, schools…

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Managing Behavior at School: FBA and BIP

Imagine a child in math class, at a time when the students are expected to work independently. With a shout,…

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Developing Skills

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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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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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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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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Self-Advocacy

When it comes to navigating the world, the importance of self-advocacy cannot be overstated. This crucial ability can be the…

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Crushes, Dating, and Romantic Relationships

Many people on the autism spectrum desire love and companionship like anyone else. But navigating the complexities of dating and…

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Medical

Puberty

Puberty can be daunting for any teen. Physical changes, rapidly changing hormones, new routines for hygiene, and mood swings place…

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Anxiety in Autism

Anxiety is very common in autism. A meta-analysis showed that almost 40% of kids with autism have at least one comorbid anxiety…

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Underlying Medical Issues in Autism

Behavior is communication. Sometimes our kids with autism are communicating their medical issues to us through their behavior. Figuring out…

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Seizures

Seizures are a significant concern in autism because of their high prevalence and association with increased mortality and morbidity among…

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PANDAS/PANS and Autism

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, is a common autoimmune disorder with far-reaching movement, behavioral, and…

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Medical Causes of Aggression in Autism

Several underlying medical issues, common to autism, can cause or contribute to aggressive behavior.  However, when these medical issues are…

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Healthy Eating Tips for Teens and Adults with Autism

Everyone knows that a nutritious diet is key to being healthy. But how do we get our teens and adults…

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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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Life After High School

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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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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State Identification and Real ID

When a person turns 18, they need to obtain a state identification card. Typically, a person’s driver’s license serves as…

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Vocational Rehabilitation

When it comes to autism and employment, the obstacles are quite apparent. For many individuals with autism, getting a job…

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Special Needs Trusts

Do you have a loved one with special needs that requires long-term care, support, and assistance? If so, it’s important…

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Legal Planning and Autism

If you have a loved one with a disability that needs life-long assistance, planning for their future legal needs is…

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Housing

When it comes to housing options for adults with autism, there is a wide range of choices available. Each individual…

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College and Post-Secondary Education

Choosing to attend college and finding the best college can be hard for everyone. For students with autism, it’s important…

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Social Security

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSDI) are crucial government assistance programs that provide financial support to individuals…

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Employment

Ensuring successful employment for individuals with autism often requires an integrated approach involving the individual, their employer, and the community….

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Community Support

Inclusive Practices for Employers

Inclusive Practices for Employers Create employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum with the goal of developing their confidence,…

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Mentor Program

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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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Communities & Family Events

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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