#Autism is now 1 in 45 – will anyone listen?

By Lisa Ackerman In December 2013 the University of Minnesota published a study regarding the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) population in Minneapolis. The results documented the  ASD overall rate: 1 in 48.  Another major finding from the Somali population showed autism rates are 1 in 32 (1.) In a new report released today two startling findings (2)…

AUTISM UN-AWARENESS MONTH COMES TO A CLOSE

   About fifteen years ago I met my very first mother of a child with autism who asked for something different. I remember it very clearly: mom told me her daughter had a yeast problem and wanted fluconazole. Flu-what-a-zole? Fluconazole – better known by the brand name Diflucan. Tempted to do what every other doctor…

Is the CDC stepping up autism monitoring?

By Lisa Ackerman The CDC recently announced: they are stepping up autism monitoring (1.) At first, I got excited: Researchers at 10 sites across the country will comb data from 2014 to determine up-to-date autism rates in their communities, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this month. Then I read further: As in…

NEW STUDY DEMONSTRATES HOW PARENT-BABY INTERACTION MAY REDUCE AUTISM SYMPTOMS

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member     We all know that early behavioral interventions for autism help improve a child’s developmental skills. Yet, we’ve always focused on this concept once a child is diagnosed with autism. This typically doesn’t happen until age two or three years, and behavioral therapy doesn’t…

So Autism Has Risen Another 30% in two years to 1 in 68. Who Cares?

By Dr Bob Sears The reason we don’t have to care is because autism has ALWAYS been this common. There’s no real rise; we’ve just gotten better at diagnosing it. The government and many health experts are very adamant about this “fact” because, if word gets out that autism is truly on the rise, people…

Autism now affects 1 in 68 U.S. children

By Lisa Ackerman This is the third year in a row the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced new autism rates right before April (1), a month that has been designated as autism awareness month. For years, TACA likes awareness but appreciates ACTION hence why we call this effort #AutismActionApril. As I have mentioned…

So Autism Is Even MORE Common Than Last Year. Who Cares?

By Dr Bob Sears I was really hoping that my latest blog would be entitled “Finally, Someone Cares About the Autism Epidemic!” But alas, it is not to be. The word “epidemic” is being reserved for the hundred or so cases of measles we see in the U.S. each year (no fatalities), or the very…

Top 2013 TACA Blogs

By Lisa Ackerman In 2013, the TACAnowblog has reached almost 125,000 readers. Not bad for a blog that has been in existence for two years. The archives of articles are pretty amazing and always available for your review. We appreciate the guest blogs from Drs. Bob Sears, Dan Rossignol, Richard Frye, David Berger, some great…

Autism Costs for Families = MILLIONS

By Lisa Ackerman Another report just released outlines that autism costs families MILLIONS (1.)  Sadly at TACA, not a day goes by without providing best practices to help families understand who pays for what and how to obtain what their child needs to make meaningful progress.  Much of the TACA website content is focused on…