Gastrointestinal Issues in Autism: New Research

  By Gita Gupta In this post, I summarize a study from a group of well-known researchers which reveals new insights on gastrointestinal (GI) issues in autism. The study showed that the GI tract of children with autism has significant differences in mitochondrial function, compared to neurotypical children with similar GI issues. As parents like…

Autism and Mental Health

By Lisa Ackerman   This month I just spent a weekend with hundreds of doctors and nurses at the Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH) conference (1). This conference was about innovative treatments outside the standard prescription pad for mental health issues. Our goal for TACA families is to share the TACA mission in hopes…

GUT MICROBIOME IN AUTISM

By Gita Gupta   When my son was first diagnosed with autism, he also had problems like chronic diarrhea. The diarrhea caused him a lot of distress, and he was not gaining weight or growing. We saw many specialists. When I asked them about what causes the diarrhea, I was often told “that’s just autism.”…

A 100 year old drug improves core symptoms of #autism

By Gita Gupta There are currently no medical treatments approved by the FDA for addressing the disabilities that come with autism. There is plenty of research – over 37,000 peer-reviewed papers touch on various facets of autism. Surprisingly, only a fraction of the research examines how autism affects the body and the brain in medical…

The FDA wants input from families living with autism

  By Lisa Ackerman The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear from families regarding input on autism treatments (1.) There are just over 600 references on the FDA website related to autism. For a lot of families you may be wondering what the FDA has done in regards to autism.  Here are two…

Season 2 Episode #4: Dr. Anju Usman, M.D.

Welcome to episode #2.4 of the Moving Autism Forward Podcast. Many of you know and love Dr. Anju Usman. She is on the board of medical advisors for TACA and has been a true hero in our community. You are going to hear her tell all about how she ended up in the world of integrative medicine and the best pieces of advice she gives to new parents and seasoned parents alike.

17th #autism awareness month comes to a close

  by Lisa Ackerman My 17th autism awareness month came to a conclusion yesterday. 17. I have experienced 17 of these months asking for the same efforts – awareness.  With the numbers now 1 in 68 or the newer 1 in 45 parent survey (1.)  I would love to meet someone that is not aware…

Season 2 Episode #3: Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.

Welcome to episode #2.3 of the Moving Autism Forward Podcast. It is our hope that here on the podcast we are creating something that encourages you in your journey, puts tools in your hands and can be a 30 minutes break in your busy week. Today we have the awesome opportunity of hearing from Dr. Devin Houston. Dr. Houston is one of the biggest advocate, innovators, and supporters of our community. You are going to enjoy hearing him share about his journey, touch on the big pieces that matter in enzyme success stories and you might even hear us choke up as we talk about the cost burden of therapy, medical needs, and supplementation that our children need throughout their journey.

Season 2 Episode #2: Elizabeth McCoy, Esq.

Welcome to Episode #2.2 of the Moving Autism Forward Podcast. Here at TACA we strive to bring you relevant, hopeful, and applicable conversations that explore the latest in autism research, support, and all around TACA resources. It is our hope that here on the podcast we are creating something that encourages you in your journey, puts tools in your hands and can be a 30 minutes break in your busy week. Today, we have the wonderful Elizabeth McCoy, Esq., who is a licensed attorney in the state of California. She focuses her practice on all things special needs and is a valuable part of the TACA board. It was such a privilege to have the opportunity to sit and talk with Elizabeth for a few minutes and have her bring clarity to so many legal areas that concern parents in the TACA community.

Stem Cells, Autism and New Research

By Gita Gupta Autism affects 1 in 68 U.S. children (1.) FDA-approved treatments for autism address issues like irritability, but there are very few treatments for the core symptoms like impairments in communication and behavior. That’s probably because there isn’t enough research focus on understanding and addressing the abnormal changes seen in the body’s functioning…

Calling all Family and Friends for #AutismActionApril

By Lisa Ackerman   Yes, that means you! This is an “all hands on deck” to help families and you can help! It is time for the TACA Family & Friends campaign.   It is hard to believe how far we have come in the past 17 years. Wow, 17 years! (You can’t call me…

Season 2 Episode #1: Dr. Nancy O’Hara

Welcome friends to Season Two of the Moving Autism Forward Podcast! We are thrilled to be able to bring you exciting episodes all month long and give you important resources and information to help your family, your friends, and your child. This week we are honored to have Dr. Nancy O’Hara as our guest. Dr. O’Hara is a nationally known and sought after pediatrician out of Connecticut. We loved being able to hear from her about the importance of starting small when addressing your child’s needs, what it looks like for a practitioner and patient/family to work as a team, and we think you are going to really appreciate her stories as she tells us all about some of the most impactful patients through the years.