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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

#Autism Awareness NEEDS ACTION during April

By Lisa Ackerman   Hi April! You’re back! My 17th autism awareness month is kicking off in hours. (Yes, I am tracking the hours!)  Here we go again!  This is a great opportunity to dig in, inspire and motivate our community to move awareness into action for this April.   Many diseases and conditions have…

Showing Gratitude for Our Doctors: TACA Doctors Appreciation Day

By Jackie Moore On March 30th, 2017 TACA will hold the 2nd Annual TACA Doctor Appreciation Day in partnership with Houston Enzymes® and Lifetrients® to recognize physicians who have dedicated their practice to help children with autism. TACA gives parents a platform to say thank you to their children’s doctors for the knowledge, guidance and…

A blood test that predicts #autism has implications for treatment and prevention.

  Richard E Frye & John Slattery Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, Little Rock AR and Daniel Rossignol Rossignol Medical Center, Irvine CA   A recent study demonstrated that a blood test might be able to differentiate children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from typically developing children.1 The study examined one carbon metabolism and its related…

April #Autism Action Month: Action Speaks Louder than Awareness

  By Lisa Ackerman I am more than aware of autism.  This is the 16th Autism Awareness Month my family has experienced.  There are many families like ours who want more than awareness, we want people to be educated about autism and to share that knowledge with others. This month provides TACA members with an…

TACA’s Doctor Appreciation Day

  By Jackie Moore On March 30th, 2016 TACA will hold the first TACA Doctor Appreciation Day in partnership with Houston Enzymes to recognize physicians who have dedicated their practice to help children with autism. This past summer, the autism community lost Dr. Jeff Bradstreet. The first couple of days after he died, I read…