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…

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…

Season 2 Episode #1: Dr. Nancy O’Hara

Welcome friends to Season Two of the Moving Autism Forward Podcast! We are thrilled to be able to bring you exciting episodes all month long and give you important resources and information to help your family, your friends, and your child. This week we are honored to have Dr. Nancy O’Hara as our guest. Dr. O’Hara is a nationally known and sought after pediatrician out of Connecticut. We loved being able to hear from her about the importance of starting small when addressing your child’s needs, what it looks like for a practitioner and patient/family to work as a team, and we think you are going to really appreciate her stories as she tells us all about some of the most impactful patients through the years.

#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…

Updated insurance needs for families living with autism

By Lisa Ackerman The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the news (1.) Many will be affected by the changes to ACA including families living with autism. For many families like mine, insurance is our least favorite topic. There are many hats families wear to help their child and one of the most time consuming…

Weekend Jumpstart Series Part 1: Fried Rice, No Rice!

As we begin the series of vlog’s (video blogs) that will focus on recipes geared towards our diet sensitive families—we want you to know that these are simple, easy, recipes. Our goal is to put new tools in your hands so that in each phase of your journey you are able to take on the next step with confidence!

National TACA Autism Conference

We know that TACA on your laptop, even on your iPhone is a great resource but up close and in person–it’s a life changer. We want you to experience the power of community, the strength of vendor resourcing, and the possibilities that emerge from standout lectures.

Summertime Series: Part 4 Lunchtime

The key to making a GFCFSF lunch every day is to plan ahead. Use leftovers whenever possible and keep it simple. You can easily add fruit and veggies to round out a lunch.

Law Enforcement & Autism: Understanding is Needed

Headlines regarding autism and law enforcement over the past months have been disturbing. In the last week, two headlines, in particular, grabbed the attention of any parent of a child with autism.

IACC is requesting public comment for their strategic plan

By Lisa Ackerman Here we go for the third installment of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Strategic Planning. Here is what the IACC is proposing: The IACC is requesting public comments to inform the development of the 2016 IACC Strategic Plan. The objectives in the IACC Strategic Plan were last revised in 2011, and the…