TACA Meeting Video

Ever wondered what goes on at a TACA meeting? Many families don’t know what a TACA meeting actually looks like. This video takes you through a TACA meeting. TACA Chapter Meetings are different from anything else out there: We build community by bringing famlies together. Provide information about services, resources, educational opportunities and much more. […]

Jeffrey’s Story – Part I

Summer 2000 By Jeff’s big sister: the amazing Lauren The tiny, blond, blue-eyed boy was covered in love as thick as his favorite blanket from the day he was born. Everyone adored him and, in truth, he adored everyone back. People would walk into a room and smile when they saw the small boy and […]

TACA Marriage & Family Counseling Groups

Couples who have children with autism face serious and ongoing challenges maintaining healthy relationships with their partners and family members. Challenges of time, finances, education and raising a child on the spectrum can be exhausting for couples, placing increasing amounts of stress on each parent and their marriage.We will meet weekly to discuss how to […]

Grandparents of Children with Autism: Top Ten Suggestions

Change Your Relationship Expectations & Provide Unconditional Love For This Child Eye Contact Might Not Happen—Don’t Expect It Hugs and Kisses Can Cause Sensory Overload for Some Children Many Children Are On A Restrictive Diet, Adhere By It—Food Does Not Equal Love Behaviors Can Be Erratic, Ignore Bad Behaviors & Praise Good Put Away Breakables […]

Autism Help & Support Groups

Meeting and Location Information Come to a TACA Meeting! TACA holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the United States that feature educational speakers on important topics and allow family members to connect with one another and stay on top of the latest information in the autism world. Each TACA group maintains a resource library […]

Family Scholarship Program

Purpose TACA Pennsylvania Chapter – MAPS Doctor Scholarship Thanks to the CDFI Challenge and an anonymous donor TACA is happy to announce the following scholarship opportunities. TACA Pennsylvania Chapter families have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to see a MAPS doctor of their choice for a maximum of $1000. Purpose: The TACA Family […]

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 […]

After the Autism Diagnosis: Staying Connected as a Couple

By Mary Romaniec How does a couple stay connected and strong once autism has become part of their world? Parent, advocate and mentor Mary Romaniec offers practical advice that may leave both partners smiling! When families receive the autism diagnosis a period of mourning follows. Parents describe their grief as very much like that of […]