15 years later, ready for autism answers

By Melanie Sanchez – TACA Mom My son Andrew is 15 1/2 years old.  He is non verbal, has autism, and a lovely contagious smile.  He had a brief “sleep deprived” EEG done right after diagnosis when he was around 3 years old.  It lasted  less than an hour and hardly seemed worth the time and effort.  At the […]

From autism to skateboard star

By Jacqueline Garza Hi I am a TACA mom and I have an amazing, incredible 9 year old superhero son named Mason. Mason began receiving early intervention at 17 months and was formally diagnosed with autism at 2.5 years old. In April 2014, Mason participated in Volcom Autism Awareness Day brought to us through TACA […]

This is Reeve’s Story and Autism Journey

By Jennifer Baker – TACA Mom Reeve* was born via c-section at 38 weeks with an APGAR score of 9. Reeve was a relatively healthy infant who ate and slept well and met his developmental milestones until approximately six months of age, when his development hit a plateau. Reeve didn’t respond to his name and […]

What is Autism and Why do I have it?

By Melody Benbow – TACA Co-coordinator New Jersey               We knew one day Cal would ask this question, however, in my head I always thought I would be so much more prepared with an answer. Instead, I stumbled through my words and gave an answer I was not satisfied […]

Wonder Twin Powers UNITE for Autism

By Gabriella True – TACA Co-Coordinator Connecticut I have twin boys who will be 11 years old this summer and one of them has autism. Although Timmy was diagnosed with autism just prior to his third birthday, he’s been in therapy since the second day of his life. His twin brother, Xander, and the rest […]

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 […]

Community Leaders: TACA Coordinators

By Lisa Ackerman For the past six years, TACA has brought together all Chapter Coordinators from throughout the United States to attend our annual Leadership Conference. They volunteer tirelessly to serve TACA, our mission, and all the families who need our support.  They believe in TACA and are always eager to help families in their […]

Folic Acid and Pregnancy in the Prevention of Autism

 By Dr. Richard Frye – Director of Autism Research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences   Autism, as we know, affects a significant proportion of our children, and the prevalence continues to rise. Unfortunately, neither the cause nor effective treatment is readily available. For many decades it has been assumed that […]

Prescription for Empowerment

By Deanna Nemes-Fecak, TACA New York Coordinator I recently attended a local autism group presentation conducted by our school’s in-house autism consultants.  As the conversation inevitably pivoted toward a tangent, one mother started recounting how she was unable to confirm an appointment with a local mental health practitioner for six months and her child required […]

FRAGILE (FRA-GEE-LAY): It must be Italian!

By Holly Bortfeld When we put our house on the market 9 years ago, we had professional cleaners and painters come in and do their thing.  We had already moved out of state for better services so the place was bare, just carpets and walls.  It was still a crime scene. The relator held an […]

Real Stories. Real Hope.

You haven’t experienced joy until you have seen the TACA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/talkaboutcuringautism) or FLICKR Page:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/talkaboutcuringautism/sets/72157632301247683/ . We asked families what they are celebrating in progress for their ASD child in 2012 last night at 4pm and over 140 photos and motivational stories were sent in. And more keep coming! I LOVE THIS! This […]

They do all the hard work

by Lisa Ackerman OC Family magazine featured 10 Orange County moms to be recognized in their top supermom November issue:  http://www.ocfamily.com/t-Cover-Story-top-Orange-County-moms-supermoms-Nov-2012.aspx To be considered one of OC’s top ten moms is a real honor. I laugh thinking about the therapy time I have racked up for my kids or husband.  Hopefully this wonderful award somewhat […]

Talking about it. Talk about autism.

By Lisa Ackerman Nothing is more difficult than seeing an undiagnosed, struggling child with autism and know you need to act to help that family. Well, I am wrong. The absolute worst is to know that something is not quite right with your beloved child and HEARING that from someone else. Either scenario hurts. In […]

Gut-Brain Connection? Leaky Gut? No longer “Crazy Talk” says AAP

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just taken a giant leap toward recognizing the association between gastrointestinal problems and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD.) The November 2012 issue of their journal, Pediatrics, has a 200-page supplement entitled Improving Health Care for Children and Youth With […]

Controversy: I believe in people diagnosed with autism

By Lisa Ackerman Ok, I admit it; this article may be counter to public opinion. This article may strike someone as “that is not possible.” Once you read the next sentence, you will understand the title of this blog:  I believe in people diagnosed with autism.  So call me controversial because I choose to believe […]

Many children with autism have other health problems

By Lisa Ackerman Recently, a new study has announced: Many children with autism have other health problems. Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/09/25/many-children-with-autism-have-other-health-problems-study-says I am thrilled to see this evidence finally reported. Parents living with autism have been sharing thousands of these stories with TACA every year. The hallmark of the autism diagnosis is the inability to communicate or […]

MAPS conference wrapping up in Florida

By Lisa Ackerman MAPS conference is wrapping up there second conference in Orlando, FL with almost 200 physicians today. It warms my heart that these doctors looking to learn to help individuals with autism and listen to family’s concerns. It is a beautiful step forward and treatment is important to the thousands of families like […]

Educating the Next Generation Autism Doctors

by Guest Blogger:  Sandra Haines, MAPS Executive Director “Complicated” If ever there was one word that could utterly define everything about autism, “complicated” is it. Parents and physicians alike grapple with the complexities that are the world of autism.  Children on the spectrum face complicated learning issues and medical conditions.  Physicians who commit to helping […]

On the front lines: calls that make us at TACA smile

A little ditty by Lisa Ackerman Another parent called to let us know her son with autism won’t need an aide next year. He has graduated his class & is completing grade level work! After four years of early intervention and a myriad of biomedical treatments unique to the child’s needs her son will be […]