Girls have autism too

    By Jackie Moore – TACA Georgia Every autism journey is different. This is our family’s journey with autism. Thirteen years ago, I gave birth to my daughter, Jordyn. At that time, I knew very little about autism. If you would have asked me what I knew, I think my response would have been […]

Our Two Autism Superheroes

    By Paulette– TACA Mom   We have 2 children, both diagnosed with autism. Our daughter, Sophie, is 6 and our son, Charlie, is 4-1/2 years. Sophie was born prematurely and with many complications after birth and in her first few months. She was severely anemic at birth due to a fetomaternal hemorrhage, suffered […]

Teens and Adults Booklist

Recommended Books For and About Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders For reading recommendations on other topics like education, medical and therapies, please see our Autism Book List Books on Transition Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by Dr. Jed Baker Transition IEPs: […]

Autism and Mitochondrial Function: testing and treatments

By Suzanne Goh, M.D. Board-certified Pediatric Neurologist Director, Pediatric Neurology Therapeutics   Autism and Mitochondrial Function One of the most exciting areas of research in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is in the role of mitochondrial function. Research studies looking at mitochondrial function in those with autism are transforming the way we think about the causes […]

Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Holly Bortfeld From time to time, everyone has anxiety. Public speaking, work, health scares, relationships and money are the top causes of anxiety in typical adults. Sometimes anxiety turns into full-blown panic attacks, but most of the time, it doesn’t. Anxiety disorders affect approximately 40 million American adults per year, which is about 18 […]

Dealing with Aggression in ASD

By Holly Bortfeld Aggression is not uncommon in autism spectrum disorders where it’s usually a reflection of pain or lack of communication. First things first. Make sure it’s truly autism and not an emotional disorder such as ODD, Conduct Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or undiagnosed anger and conduct issues. These issues are rare, […]

Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome

Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome By Holly Bortfeld The new DSM-V proposes to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome but when reading the new diagnostic criteria, you may realize you/your child no longer fits the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder and may, or may not, meet the criteria for a new diagnosis called Social Communication Disorder […]

Teens with ASD: Puberty – What to Expect, Seizures, Anxiety, Sexuality

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Puberty Sexuality Seizures Anxiety For Girls Only Suggested Reading   Puberty: The Great Equalizer I have always called puberty the “great equalizer” because I have seen so many kids drastically change, good or bad, during puberty. Some children, with no changes in […]