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.”…

Autism: It’s about the POOP Part II

  By Lisa Ackerman Once again, warning: If you are eating or you are bothered by a conversation about bowel movements, this blog is not for you. If you have a child living with autism, welcome to the most discussed topic.  If this blog sounds familiar, it should! We have written about it before (1.) …

Hindsight and the evolution of ASD treatment and recovery

  By Holly Bortfeld   I went to the IACC meeting in Washington DC on April 8, 2014 (1) to testify in front of the committee about my family’s autism journey. I took my son with me, as I am a single parent and have never had respite care. Standing over 6 feet tall, my…

Functional Medicine goes mainstream

By Lisa Ackerman You cannot go a day without a healthcare story being featured in the news.  The Affordable Care Act, chronic health issues and access to health care have grown into one of the largest issues in American households. In the autism community, we are aware of these issues all too well. For decades,…

What am I thankful for?

By Lisa Ackerman During this time of the year you see a lot of people sharing what they are thankful for. I am no different. I like that this time of the year gives you an opportunity to say thank you to many important people in our lives: –          Thank you to our TACA chapters,…

United we stand, divided we fall

By guest blogger: Ali Hoffman – TACA Volunteer Maryland The autism community is the most divided community in the world.  Some say it’s a disability, some say it’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity, and most say – that’s not my (child’s) autism.  What one group does to support families is viewed as offensive to another…

Music to Our Ears

By proud guest blogger awesome mom: Brandy Vaughn My daughter, Ryan, was born December 4, 2002.  Three and a half years later, she was diagnosed with autism. I became concerned about her development at age 2 ½, when she didn’t answer to her name, protested any demand placed on her, and was extremely tactile-defensive.  If we…

Autism: It’s about the poop!

By Lisa Ackerman If it’s your snack time or you are bothered by a conversation about bowel movements, this blog is not for you. If you have a child living with autism – welcome to the most discussed topic (no matter what, try to enjoy your food!!) A new study supports what thousands of parents…

Gastrointestinal distress and Autism – important new research

By Lisa Ackerman A new study was just published on March 8th highlighting individuals with autism and common issues with their gastrointestinal systems called “Identification of Unique Gene Expression Profile in Children with Regressive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Ileocolitis (1.)  As with many TACA families, we are so grateful for this research. This research…

Gut-Brain Connection? Leaky Gut? No longer “Crazy Talk” says AAP

By Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and TACA Physician Advisory Member The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just taken a giant leap toward recognizing the association between gastrointestinal problems and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD.) The November 2012 issue of their journal, Pediatrics, has a 200-page supplement entitled Improving Health Care for Children and Youth With…