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.”…

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…

Stem Cells, Autism and New Research

By Gita Gupta Autism affects 1 in 68 U.S. children (1.) FDA-approved treatments for autism address issues like irritability, but there are very few treatments for the core symptoms like impairments in communication and behavior. That’s probably because there isn’t enough research focus on understanding and addressing the abnormal changes seen in the body’s functioning…

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…

From #autism to skateboard star

By Jacqueline Garza Hi I am a TACA mom and I have an amazing, incredible 9 year old superhero son named Mason. Mason began receiving early intervention at 17 months and was formally diagnosed with autism at 2.5 years old. In April 2014, Mason participated in Volcom Autism Awareness Day brought to us through TACA…

Victory following #autism & #epilepsy diagnosis

  By Lisa Ann Pitts – TACA co-coordinator Virgina   After 6 months of grueling training, my boy Aidan can now open doors for people. He holds them open after entering and he’s very aware of people walking towards doors. Sounds like a little task, but the concept was tough for our boy because he…

Recovery from Autism?

By Lisa Ackerman New research demonstrates RECOVERY FROM AUTISM is possible. It happens. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) agrees. They did a study in January 2013 (1.) More studies are underway. We know as we have sent dozens of TACA families their way. For many of you reading this blog you may think: Is…

11th Annual TACA Family Picnic: best day ever!

  By Lisa Ackerman Every year, I am full of excitement; it’s not a major holiday or my birthday, but it is absolutely my favorite time of the year. It is PICNIC TIME! I am happy to share with you the upcoming 11th Annual Family Picnic on Sunday, June 8th at the Phoenix Club in…

16 years later

By Holly Bortfeld My son Max was diagnosed with autism 16 years ago today, May 4, 1998. I have been mulling around in my head for a few weeks how I wanted to mark this anniversary of autism entering our lives and had drafted a blog but I didn’t like it. I kept poking at…

Being a friend to someone with special needs

  By Lisa Ackerman Everybody needs a friend. Children with special needs such as autism, learning delays, and other disabilities can struggle finding friends who are patient, friendly and open minded. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in every 6 school-aged children has a neurological condition. 1 in every 88 or 1…

The Autism Community needs someone like Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

By Lisa Ackerman Martin Luther King Jr. means something special to this generation as he did to the ones before us. He was a true inspiration that continues to inspire many today. In honor of his birthday children in school get a holiday in his honor. Adults should re-read some of his speeches and be…