Meet Me at the National TACA #Autism Conference

 

Janice Kern

TACA National Conference Coordinator

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TACA hosts events every week somewhere in the country. There are coffee talks, family picnics, TACA Meetings, Autism Learning Seminars, Family Hikes, TACA Birthday Parties and the list goes on. It’s a fact that TACA has some of the most creative volunteers you’ll ever meet. If they can dream it, they will plan it and invite families affected by autism to join them. New to this list of events for 2015 is the National TACA Autism Conference.

 

TACA will host the National TACA Autism Conference on October 23 and 24, 2015 in Costa Mesa, California. I will be among many TACA parents getting help and giving help. If you haven’t been to a TACA conference, you are missing out and I hope you can attend in the future. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m saying. TACA on your laptop is a great resource but up close and in person, it’s a life changer.

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Why come to the National TACA Autism Conference? There are many reasons. A few of those reasons are exclusive to the TACA Conference experience.

  1. The Conference Workbook   – Everyone who registers receives a Conference Workbook upon arrival. This workbook contains Powerpoint presentations which will be given throughout the conference, organized by track, so that you can follow along and take notes without having to write down every single detail. This workbook is yours to keep as an ongoing resource long after the conference is over. It’s our way of sending a little TACA home with you.    More great reasons to attend: included in your registration is your choice of three conference tracks to follow, and the best speakers with the latest and greatest information. Take note of the Law Day Track on Friday aimed at legal issues, IEPs and assessments. Also on Friday is a Beginner Parent Track aimed at helping parents who are newer to the Autism Diagnosis of their child. This is a great place to get started. And if those two tracks don’t quite fit your needs, you will want the information from the Advanced Medical Track. Friday will also feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Daniel Amen on Brain Spect Imaging. An Exhibitor Mixer will take place as well offering chances to learn from exhibitors and a chance to win prizes. Saturday also offers three tracks to meet your needs including an Advanced PANS/PANDAS Track with a trio of speakers bringing you the most up-to-date information. That track continues into the afternoon with advanced medical information. Tracks II and III will offer a variety of autism treatments, information and resources for your child affected by autism as well as for your family. Don’t miss out. Saturday also offers a keynote presentation with Dr. Sue Swedo of the National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH. What if you can’t attend? There is plenty of information to go around so don’t be afraid to share the conference information with one of your friends even if you can’t attend yourself. There will still be support and information for you with the TACA Mentor Program, TACA Live chat, TACA USA Yahoo Group, Social Media with TACA’s Facebook page and the content filled website at tacanow.org.
  2. Lunches – To help you stay at the conference, your lunch is included. Parents know that mingling and learning will happen over lunch. Stay for it.
  3. Lunch & Learn – The addition of a heartfelt speaker in a casual setting will help energize you to get you through the afternoon instead of hitting the after-lunch slump. Bring your lunch in and listen while you eat.
  4. TACA Mentoring – TACA trains experienced parents to be a part of their long-standing TACA Mentor program. This is a chance to meet TACA Mentors in person. So much of their support is delivered online, via email so take the opportunity to meet these supporters in person. Have you been assigned to a TACA Mentor already? Wondering how to get 1:1 TACA Support while you’re at the conference? It’s simple. Just ask.
  5. Conference Coffee Talk – TACA is famous for parent support in the way of TACA Coffee Talks across the country. So we’re pumping it up and bringing it to the National Conference on Friday evening. Doors will open at 6:55pm. When you walk in the room, you’ll see a list of more than 23 tables with their designated topic and autism expert. You choose your table based on the information you need most. Topics will include Beginner Biomed, Seizures, Puberty, IEP, New Parents, Diet, Gut Health, Enzymes, Girls, Dads, Dentistry and more. This is your chance for small group questions and answers as well as learning from the questions of others. You might want to bring a notebook for this.

 

TACA group shot 2013

More great reasons to attend:

Included in your registration is your choice of three conference tracks to follow, and the best speakers with the latest and greatest information.

Take note of the Law Day Track on Friday aimed at legal issues, IEPs and assessments. Also on Friday is a Beginner Parent Track aimed at helping parents who are newer to the Autism Diagnosis of their child. This is a great place to get started. And if those two tracks don’t quite fit your needs, you will want the information from the Advanced Medical Track. Friday will also feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Daniel Amen on Brain Spect Imaging. An Exhibitor Mixer will take place as well offering chances to learn from exhibitors and a chance to win prizes.

Saturday also offers three tracks to meet your needs including an Advanced PANS/PANDAS Track with a trio of speakers bringing you the most up-to-date information. That track continues into the afternoon with advanced medical information. Tracks II and III will offer a variety of autism treatments, information and resources for your child affected by autism as well as for your family. Don’t miss out. Saturday also offers a keynote presentation with Dr. Sue Swedo of the National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH.

What if you can’t attend? There is plenty of information to go around so don’t be afraid to share the conference information with one of your friends even if you can’t attend yourself. There will still be support and information for you with the TACA Mentor Program, TACA Livechat, TACA USA Yahoo Group, Social Media with TACA’s Facebook page and the content filled website at tacanow.org.

Click here to print out or post our conference flyers. Share them with providers in your area, post them on your social media sites and help TACA reach more families so that their children can be helped to be as healthy as possible.

Ready to register?

Register for The National TACA Autism Conference on October 23rd and 24th in Costa Mesa, California: http://tacaautismconference.com/west/

I look forward to meeting you at the conference alongside my fellow TACA Coordinators.

Janice Kern

TACA National Conference Coordinator

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Janice is the conference coordinator for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). She is also a co-coordinator with the TACA North Dakota chapter where she lives and has been volunteering since 2008. She will be attending the National TACA Autism Conference as a volunteer Chapter Coordinator, TACA Conference Coordinator and a mother.

 

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