Why Doesn’t My Child Say ‘I Love You’?

    by Dr. Jared Skowron I’ve been a biomedical clinician for 15 years and talked with a lot of parents and seen a lot of kids. Patterns of humanity always persist, and as a Dad myself, I know the joys and stress of parenthood. Some of the most joyful moments are when your child…

What if you could detect #autism risk at birth?

By Gita Gupta What if autism could be detected as early as birth, using biomarkers –  rather than at age 2-5 years, using behavioral characteristics? That’s what Dr. Naviaux’s new study aims to find out, using data from the newborn screening program. (You may recall Dr. Naviaux’s groundbreaking work on Suramin in autism – see…

Autism Family Plan Needed: 15 points to include

By Lisa Ackerman   The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that autism prevalence is up to 1 in 59 U.S. children (1.)   That number should resonate with every family and warrants a clear plan of action. From day one, TACA was (and still is) talking about this important issue of understanding…

Autism rate: 1 in 59 Kids. It’s time to care.

By Dr. Bob Sears – TACA Physician Advisory Board   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just reported that autism now affects 1 in 59 children in America (1.) I am not surprised by this statistic because I, and every other pediatrician down here in the trenches, have known this for years. What…

SURAMIN AUTISM TRIAL UPDATE!

By Gita Gupta   Last year, we posted about Dr.Robert Naviaux’s success with the 100 year old drug suramin in a small double-blind, placebo controlled trial of children with autism. All the children who received a single dose of suramin showed improvements in the core symptoms of autism. You can read the parent stories of…

Thanks 2017, Hello 2018!

by Lisa Ackerman It’s the end of another year, 2017 is almost gone! How does that happen!?  Wasn’t it just April last month? (I know I write a variation of this every year. But how is time marching along so fast?!) So here we are: 2017 is another record year for this great organization. TACA…

TACA 5th Annual Celebrations Campaign

By Team TACA The autism journey is a challenge but our kids and their accomplishments are a CELEBRATION.  Each year we like to take a little time out of the holiday hustle to celebrate the accomplishments our children with autism (no matter how old they are!) have made throughout the year.  With autism, there is…

Happy, Thankful, Hopeful

By Lisa Ackerman This is my favorite time of year and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder of all we have to be thankful for – family, friends, milestones met and of course the hope for a better tomorrow.  The milestones for children affected by autism come after…

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.”…