Grandparents Must Be Part of the Journey

Author: Chuck Kern, TACA Grandfather When my son announced that he was naming his second son, Charlie, after me, I was very humbled and overwhelmed with pride. “Charles” has been an important name in our family tree. But many months later, my emotions turned to deep anxiety and fear when I realized that Charlie did […]

How to Dine Out With Multiple Food Allergies

How to Dine Out With Multiple Food Allergies Having food allergies is very common today, but individuals with ASD often have multiple food allergies so it’s not as easy as saying “no croutons on the salad, please”. You have to know every ingredient in every component of the meal, including the beverage, to make sure […]

Special Diets for ASD

Special Diets for ASD There are many diets parents say work for their children to improve health, behavior, attention, sleep and reduce autism symptoms. This is a partial listing of the most widely used among them, but they all have something in common – clean, unprocessed foods. We’ve all heard the saying “garbage in, garbage […]

A – Z: TACA Facts – a video series answering the most common questions

We are very excited about a new video series in collaboration with our friends at Autism Live. Introducing: TACA Facts This is an introduction to our new series “TACA Facts” sponsored by Autism Live. We’ll answer the most common questions for families living with autism in 2-3 minute segments. TACA Fact: Can children with autism […]

Things That Should Be Avoided For ASD Kids

Excitotoxins Strong scientific evidence suggests these substances could cause brain damage in children, adolescents and adults; with strong emphasis on children and elderly individuals. They may affect the development of a child’s nervous system; resulting in learning disabilities and emotional difficulties later in life. It has also been determined that the placental barrier is not […]

Lunch Box Ideas

The best, cheapest and easiest, lunchbox meals are leftovers. During the school week, every dinner I make, I just make one more serving and set it aside and that’s what my child takes to school for lunch the following day. Easy peasy! But for the days when that’s not an option, we offer helpful hints […]

Tips for Including Dietary Restrictions in Your Child’s IEP

By Holly Bortfeld When your child is on a special diet for medical reasons, getting the correct wording into your child’s IEP is very important to minimize dangerous infractions.   What parents must provide Parents must get a letter from their doctor stating that for medical reasons, your child cannot have certain foods (which must […]

GFCFSF Cooking Classes

TACA & Autism Live are proud to present Gluten Free, Casein Free, Soy Free cooking classes Meat Puffs Mac and No Cheese Zucchini Muffins Chicken Nuggets Nutfree Breakfast Bars Pazones Kids Sushi Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies Meatballs Carrot Cake Gluten, Dairy, Egg & Yeast FREE home made pizza crust GFCFSF Banana bread GFCF “bourbon” chicken […]

What is Soy?

Q. What is soy? A. Soy is a legume that is grown and highly chemically processed, even the “organic” versions. Virtually all soybeans grown today are genetically modified.  Many countries outside the US won’t accept US-grown soy due to the carcinogenic chemicals and genetically modified status. Research has shown that the phytoestrogens in soy may play […]

Food Allergy Testing

Understanding allergies, testing and avoidance can be a confusing process for parents. The hard work of managing and avoiding food allergies – especially in autism pay will off with great rewards. It is all about addressing your child’s unique needs and avoiding allergens that can play a large role in how your child feels.  Food […]

An Essential Handout For Teachers & Aides

Authors Mary Fry, Diane Gallant & Moira Giammetteo What Is the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet? This is a dietary intervention to lessen the digestive and bowel, and behavioral issues sometimes found in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent research indicates that there are children with a genetic predisposition to the disorder, which is then […]

Hidden Sources of Gluten

Some of this information was provided by the GFCFDiet.com. Please go there if you need further information. Thanks! Gluten is EVERYWHERE! Not just in the foods we eat, but the world our child lives in! Here are a list of hidden sources of gluten: Everyday Products: Lip stick / lip balm (use Burts beeswax lip […]

Autism Research Institute (ARI) Parent Ratings of Behavioral Effects of Biomedical Interventions

Autism Research Institute ● 4182 Adams Avenue ● San Diego, CA 92116 [Excerpt of article cited from ARI Publ. 34/March 2009] Download the full article here. February 2008 The parents of children affected by autism represent a vast and important reservoir of information on the benefits—and adverse effects— of the large variety of drugs and […]