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 […]

Obtaining Funding for an AAC Device

For many people with autism, iPads literally give them a voice. Unfortunately, iPads aren’t cheap. Even the least expensive iPad is unaffordable for families who already have enormous out-of-pocket medical expenses. Fortunately, iPads are a viable Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) modality, so there are several ways to obtain funding for them. Those options include […]

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 […]

Oral Motor Ideas

Oral motor exercises are important for increasing muscle tone / muscle strength so speech is possible.  Even for children that already talk – these are great ideas for improving speech clarity. These exercises are intended to give your child a variety of oral motor experiences in an enjoyable way. 1) BLOWING dandelions that have gone […]

Auditory Processing and Autism

Some children may not only be diagnosed with autism but also have other issues and diagnoses as well. A common secondary diagnosis for some children with autism is Auditory Processing disorder or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD.) CAPD or auditory processing issues does not mean a child cannot hear. In brief, the child most likely […]

Potty Training Guidelines

1. Buy lots of the child’s favorite drinks and salty foods. 2. Make sure the “ultimate” reinforcer is available to the therapists/parents for the child’s successes on the potty. 3. Buy regular underwear 4. Buy a potty seat that fits on top of the regular toilet and a stool for the child to rest his […]

How to Start an In-Home Therapy Program for Your Child

Children affected with autism have unique needs and often require an in-home therapy program to address them. The unique needs could include many issues such as: managing behaviors, enabling learning, and the ability to work on deficits. These programs are in place ultimately to help the child prepare for typical learning placements at their local […]

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a great tool in helping all nonverbal children with or without autism communicate without words. PECS is used in a variety of ways–starting with pictures–to allow the child to make choices and communicate his/her needs. When children can communicate and express their needs, behaviors often can be minimalized resulting […]

Tantrums & Outbursts: Parent Strategies To Eliminating Outbursts

Tantrums and outburst for children affected by autism can be one of the hardest, most pressing issues for parents and professional team members to address. These often crop up at the worst times, in most public locations and can go on for hours. These outbursts can also generate much more intensity than a typical child’s […]

What Is Autism? And what are its common traits?

Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that typically affects children between the ages in 18 months to five years of age. Autism currently affects 1 in every 91 children today. It is estimated there are over 1 million people in the United States alone with autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at […]