A – Z: Autism Journey Blueprints

The Autism Journey Blueprints were created as a quick introduction reference guide for families on the autism journey. Complete Autism Journey Blueprints: click here to download the PDF. AJ Blueprints – Years 1-3: click here to download the PDF. AJ Blueprints – Medical Intervention: click here to download the PDF. AJ Blueprints – Dietary Intervention: click here to download […]

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 […]

Recipes Database

Categories Appetizers Beans Beef Beverages Breads Breakfast Cake Cookies Crafts Desserts & Sweets Dressings Fish Frozen Treats Game Holidays Kid Favorites Muffins Pasta Pork Poultry Salads Sauces Seasonal Produce Soups Starch Vegetables Vegetarian Appetizers Buffalo Wings “Chex-Type” Snack Mix Deviled Eggs Guacamole Hummus Hummus, White Bean Marinated Artichoke Hearts Party Popcorn Pico de Gallo Refried […]

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 […]

Music to Our Ears

My daughter, Ryan, was born December 4, 2002. Three and a half years later, she was diagnosed with autism. I became concerned about her development at age 2 ½, when she didn’t answer to her name, protested any demand placed on her, and was extremely tactile-defensive.

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 Nut Free Breakfast Bars Pazones Kid’s Sushi Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies Meatballs Carrot Cake Gluten, Dairy, Egg & Yeast Free Pizza Crust GFCFSF Banana Bread GFCF “Bourbon” Chicken More […]

Surviving the Winter Holidays

The holiday season can be stressful for everyone, BUT throw in autism and it can be over the top stressful!  Here are tips, ideas and strategies for making this season a little more joyful! Included below are submissions from parents like you who have been there/done that and want to share their advice on surviving […]

GFCFSF School Supplies

Pre-K, Elementary School List A child on the gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet can be 100% on the diet and fail to make the grade if their school supplies have forbidden ingredients. Parents need to be diligent and work with school staff to absolutely make sure every aspect of their children’s school environments are completely GFCF, right […]

Rotation Diet and Hints!

My family started the GFCF diet for a few months and then started a rotation diet to prevent food allergies/intolerances and to identify foods that were a problem for our son. These allergies are outlined further in the Karyn Seroussi’s book, Unraveling the Mystery of Autism. It is also important to note that some autism […]

Protein Sources

Protein is one of the hardest foods to get the right amounts into a special needs child. Here are some suggestions for protein sources for your child’s individual dietary needs. Protein Serving Size Total Grams Of Protein Almond Butter 1 tbsp. 4g Beans, refried 1 cup 16g Beef round roast 3 oz. 25g Black beans […]

Going Organic! (Not Just GFCF)

Having your child eat Gluten Free/Casein Free (GFCF) is the first step in the process. Considering and then, going organic are other important steps in this process for better eating, health and digestion. Organic foods, which have not been sprayed with chemicals or preservatives, (and are not genetically modified, raised humanely and fed organically, etc.) […]

Just Because Something is GFCF…

(or Specific Carbohydrate (SCD), etc.) Doesn’t Mean You Should Eat It By Lisa Ackerman As a parent coming up on our nine-year anniversary since starting the GFCF (gluten-free and casein-free) diet, along with low carbohydrates/sugar, allergy elimination, and the rotation of food families, I often find myself cringing at what folks actually feed their kids […]

GFCFSF Ingredients and Substitutions

The following will help you navigate the many possible substitutions when converting to GFCFSF. Flour Substitutes Milk Substitutes Oils, Margarines and Butter Egg Substitutes Sugars and Sweeteners Corn-Free Vanilla and Vinegars “Soy” and Worcestershire Sauce Beef-Free Gelatin   GFCFSF Flours There are many possible combinations of flours you can mix to use in recipes. Please […]

GFCFSF Diet: More Food Ideas

Here are some more: Glutino Pretzels Trader Joe’s Potato Puffs Trader Joe’s Organic Tortilla chips (just corn, salt, & lime) Gorilla Munch cereal Kiwi, mango, papaya HOMEmade french fries Scrambled eggs Turkey bacon Pancakes Hamburger meat Carrot sticks Erwhon Rice Twice Cereal Terra chips = Blues, Yukon Gold, other flavors are GF/CF and corn free […]

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day can be tough on the GFCF diet if you don’t know where to go for the good stuff. Below are some ideas, tips and resources to make your Valentine’s Day special and yummy! As always, please check the ingredients to ensure that items listed are in fact gluten and casein free. Candy Chocolates […]

Autism on Public Assistance: GFCFSF Diet on Food Stamps (Yes, you can!)

As the cornerstone of biomedical treatment, the Gluten-, Casein- and Soy-Free (GFCFSF) diet has resulted in tremendous progress for more than 90% of children with ASD who’ve tried it. The diet can be done many different ways, ranging from VERY expensive to very cheap – it all depends on how much premade food you buy […]