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 […]

Leading with Anger

By Lisa Ackerman Watching a perfectly healthy child regress into the world of autism and failing health can do things to really mess with your mind. It’s a front row seat I would never wish on anyone. Imagine you have a child, everything seems great, and suddenly things change. This child gets sick, really sick.  […]

Autism needs a Martin Luther King Jr.

By Lisa Ackerman Martin Luther King Jr. means something special to this generation as he did to the ones before us. He was a true inspiration that continues to inspire many today. This past week was his birthday. Children in school get a holiday in his honor. Adults should re-read some of his speeches and […]

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 […]

Top 2012 TACAnow blogs

by Lisa Ackerman In 2012, the TACAnowblog has reached almost 130,000 readers. The content appears to be relevant for a community blog. The archives of articles are pretty amazing and always available for your review. We appreciate the guest blogs from Drs. Bob Sears, Dan Rossignol, Elizabeth Mumper, some great TACA parents, individuals diagnosed with […]

Farewell 2012. Welcome 2013!

by Lisa Ackerman It’s the end of another year, 2012 is almost in the history books! It’s only in reflection that I am reminded that what feels like a blink now, wasn’t. As usual, TACA was a whirlwind of activity all year; helping families, building relationships, and expanding our community. This could not have happened […]

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 […]

Parents with children on the spectrum are not allowed to get sick or die

By Lisa Ackerman I know, a pretty harsh title for a blog. But I wish I could write something as important as this and POOF make it a true statement. You may be asking: what made me go to this topic? It is a simple answer – a story on TV is mirroring emails and […]

Will a New Genetic Blood Test for Autism Improve Early Detection?

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Boston have developed a genetic test to detect the most common gene mutations that occur in children with autism (1.) It is hoped that the new test can be used to detect autism earlier than current methods of observational […]

iPads and Autism – Innovation in Communication

In September 2011, TACA was approached by a long time family member who had a teen with autism who had uttered his first words just a short time after having obtained his iPad. He was 16 years old when his family first heard his voice. After this remarkable experience, they were motivated to share their […]

In the News: Does Influenza or Fever during pregnancy contribute to autism?

By Lisa Ackerman A new study has found that women who had influenza while pregnant were twice as likely to have a child later diagnosed with autism. Those who had a fever lasting a week or longer — perhaps caused by influenza or maybe by something else — were three times as likely to have […]

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 […]

What the IACC must consider

By Lisa Ackerman The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) was formed from the Combating Autism Act (CAA) of 2006 with one mission in mind:   Coordinate to find the cause and assist with initiatives that will help families living with autism. As you may notice, I have taken the liberty to summarize their mission statement. You […]

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 […]

Stem Cell update: IN THE NEWS

By Lisa Ackerman Today, the 2012 Nobel Prize winning discovery goes to two scientists researching stem cells. Please read the news: http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-reprogrammed-cells-open-medical-window-150024485.html Some important information was cited in this groundbreaking news and award: While researchers have already applied the scientific breakthroughs of Britain’s John Gurdon and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka to study how diseases develop, making […]