Announcing The Autism Community in Action

  Dear TACA Members and Supporters, I am excited to share with you the launch of our new name: The Autism Community in Action. The great news: we are still TACA! More great news: the new name better describes what we do. As we launch into our 19th year, I know what TACA does best….

Thanks 2018 and Hello 2019

  by Lisa Ackerman What just happened? Where did 2018 go? Did I experience a time warp? It feels like the time to compose this note presents itself just a little bit faster each year. Faster, though it may be, there’s no shortage of activity to report and I always enjoy the opportunity to catch…

New Study Reaffirms: #Autism Epidemic Continues to Affect 1 in 40 Kids

By Dr. Bob Sears TACA Physician Advisory member   Earlier this week the US Census Bureau released data on 50,000 American children from their 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health and found that 2.5% of kids, or 1 in 40, have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (1.)    As each survey or prevalence study…

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…

Thanks 2017, Hello 2018!

by Lisa Ackerman It’s the end of another year, 2017 is almost gone! How does that happen!?  Wasn’t it just April last month? (I know I write a variation of this every year. But how is time marching along so fast?!) So here we are: 2017 is another record year for this great organization. TACA…

Happy, Thankful, Hopeful

By Lisa Ackerman This is my favorite time of year and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder of all we have to be thankful for – family, friends, milestones met and of course the hope for a better tomorrow.  The milestones for children affected by autism come after…

Gastrointestinal Issues in Autism: New Research

  By Gita Gupta In this post, I summarize a study from a group of well-known researchers which reveals new insights on gastrointestinal (GI) issues in autism. The study showed that the GI tract of children with autism has significant differences in mitochondrial function, compared to neurotypical children with similar GI issues. As parents like…

The FDA wants input from families living with autism

  By Lisa Ackerman The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear from families regarding input on autism treatments (1.) There are just over 600 references on the FDA website related to autism. For a lot of families you may be wondering what the FDA has done in regards to autism.  Here are two…

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…