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 […]

Oliver’s Autism Journey from sickness to better health

By Lea Googe – TACA Co-coordinator Texas We often look back and wonder just how Oliver got so sick. We have our suspicions. And we have our regrets. Our family has a combined medical history filled with autoimmune issues like diabetes, ALS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Rheumatic Fever, Rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, ADD, depression and […]

This is Reeve’s Story and Autism Journey

By Jennifer Baker – TACA Mom Reeve* was born via c-section at 38 weeks with an APGAR score of 9. Reeve was a relatively healthy infant who ate and slept well and met his developmental milestones until approximately six months of age, when his development hit a plateau. Reeve didn’t respond to his name and […]

What is Autism and Why do I have it?

By Melody Benbow – TACA Co-coordinator New Jersey               We knew one day Cal would ask this question, however, in my head I always thought I would be so much more prepared with an answer. Instead, I stumbled through my words and gave an answer I was not satisfied […]

Why We Treat Autism

Why We Treat Autism Why does TACA promote treating autism when many professionals still consider this a hopeless diagnosis? TACA’s Vision Statement TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention for children affected by autism. With early intervention, medical treatment unique to each person’s needs and necessary support services for families many children […]

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 […]

It’s about the words: “Outgrow autism”

By Lisa Ackerman After reading dozens of national headlines, instead of being hopeful I am offended (1.)  I will explain why: Individuals with autism typically need many hours if not hundreds or thousands of hours of therapy – many different kinds based on unique needs. An enormous amount of time and energy is also spent […]

They do all the hard work

by Lisa Ackerman OC Family magazine featured 10 Orange County moms to be recognized in their top supermom November issue:  http://www.ocfamily.com/t-Cover-Story-top-Orange-County-moms-supermoms-Nov-2012.aspx To be considered one of OC’s top ten moms is a real honor. I laugh thinking about the therapy time I have racked up for my kids or husband.  Hopefully this wonderful award somewhat […]

Controversy: I believe in people diagnosed with autism

By Lisa Ackerman Ok, I admit it; this article may be counter to public opinion. This article may strike someone as “that is not possible.” Once you read the next sentence, you will understand the title of this blog:  I believe in people diagnosed with autism.  So call me controversial because I choose to believe […]

Keahi: Label him FANTASTIC!

By Lisa Ackerman TACA marvels at individuals who can overcome huge obstacles. We look to these individuals for inspiration and guidance while we live with autism and often worry about the kids’ future. Here is one family’s story in Hawaii about their beloved son Keahi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNu1kJ4nEto Keahi is taking amazing steps toward a bright future. […]

Autism in Past Tense: Recovered. Really.

By Guest Blogger: Holly Riley In November I spent four whirlwind days at the Autism Research Institute’s conference in Las Vegas. This was not a vacation. The ARI conferences are intense and full of information, and I was volunteering as a Parent Mentor at the TACA booth and Coffee Talk meetings. So when I wasn’t […]

Autism Recovery Videos

Produced by Stan Kurtz and filmed at Jim Adam’s conference in Anahiem, these detailed stories of recovery are from TACA. Visit www.recoveryvideos.com.   Recovered Family: The Ward Family 30 mins Sharon Swafford (grandmother) and Julie Ward (mother) share their story of recovery for two of their children originally diagnosed with autism.   Recovered Family: The […]

Does the “Window” Ever Close?

April 2008 By Becky Estepp, TACA Media Manager and  Moira Giammatteo, Family Scholarship Manager Parents ask us all the time about the “Window.” You know, that window of opportunity you have to help pull your child out of the world of autism and into our world. Many are worried that the window is either closing […]