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 […]

Educational-Behavioral Therapies: Overview

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Who & Where: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) typically leads a team of paraprofessionals working 1:1 with child in the home or at school. Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree […]

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 […]

ASD Teens Cooking Class©

ASD Teens Cooking Class© By Holly Bortfeld My son Max has been homeschooled since his diagnosis back in 1998. Even when he attended a private school for kids with ASD, he still had a home program too. As an ex-caterer, foodie and TACA recipe creator, one of the things I’ve always wanted my kids to […]

Back to School Links

Back to School Links Yes, it’s that time of year again. We’ve organized all of our Back To School links in one easy place for you! IEP and Special Ed Basics http://tacanow.org/family-resources/getting-ready-for-advocacy/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/closing-the-iep-deal/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/ideas-on-hiring-paying-for-a-special-education-attorney/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/special-education-tips-links/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/independent-assessments/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/presentation-special-education-advocacy/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/upcoming-legal-seminars/ http://tacanow.org/blog/the-real-cost-of-special-education-considering-the-return-on-investment/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/teens-with-asd-testing/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/the-back-to-school-assignment-for-parents-of-special-needs-kids/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/fundamentals-of-special-education/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/getting-staying-organized/ Partners in Policymaking Online Classes Allergies and IEPs http://tacanow.org/family-resources/tips-for-including-dietary-restrictions-in-your-child%E2%80%99s-iep/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/an-essential-handout-for-teachers-aides/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/gfcfsf-school-supplies/ http://tacanow.org/family-resources/must-schools-provide-casein-and-gluten-free-foods/ […]

Homeschooling Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Basics

By Holly Bortfeld This article is not a step-by-step guide to homeschooling your child, but rather an overview of what homeschooling a child with ASD would entail to help you make an informed decision. As a long time homeschooler of 2 kids with ASD – one with Asperger’s and one with moderate autism, I wholly […]

Getting a Diagnosis of Autism

Please note the views in this article do not necessarily express the views of Talk About Curing Autism and are an editorial provided by a parent with a child with autism. Introduction Diagnosing Autism is not always easy.  In the past 20 years, many doctors have commented – “Boys develop slower than girls”, or my […]

Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Below you will find both the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder under both DSM5 and DSM-IV. DSM5 Diagnostic Criteria for ASD, 2013 Autism Spectrum Disorder Must meet criteria A, B, C, and D: A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts, not accounted for by general developmental delays, and manifest by […]

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 […]

Latest Autism Statistics

Autism Occurrence Revised Estimates of the Cost of the Autism Epidemic (July 2015) New Rate of Autism 1 in 68 (March 2014) The complete CDC report “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010” dated March 28, 2014 New Parent survey […]

Inclusion: A Journey So Far & Lessons Learned

By Lisa Ackerman Inclusion – the process of taking a special needs individual and including them in a typical education setting – is a tough, delicate, and extremely complex subject to address. Each situation is unique to the child as well as the desired setting – which can change year to year. This statement can […]

How To Get An iPad (or other AT/AC device) Funded

By Holly Bortfeld iPads and other technology “touch devices” are a wonderful new tool and may benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) greatly. The iPad can speak for the nonverbal, aid functional speech, soothe, educate, teach skills to and entertain all. It’s really amazing what this little machine can do!  Unfortunately, they range from […]

What Are Social Skills?

Social Stories, Video Modeling and Playscripts by Janice Kern, Chapter Coordinator – TACA of North Dakota Social Stories Video Modeling Playscripts   Social Stories What is a social story? It’s a story, about social events, situations or skills. They can be used to provide information about a situation (especially a novel situation, something very new […]

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 […]

Is Your Baby Meeting These Important Milestones?

By Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Amy Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and First Signs, Inc. © 2004 First Signs, Inc. All rights reserved. Please do not post, distribute, or create derivative work based upon these hallmark developmental milestones without permission of First Signs.   Does Your Baby…   At 4 Months: Follow and […]

Getting Ready for School

This article is from the website of Dr. Paula Kluth. It, along with many others on inclusive schooling, differentiated instruction, and literacy can be found at www.PaulaKluth.com. Visit now to read her Tip of the Day, read dozens of free articles, and learn more about supporting diverse learners in K-12 classrooms. *** Transition Tips for Students […]