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…

Our Two #Autism Superheroes

    By Paulette– TACA Mom   We have 2 children, both diagnosed with autism. Our daughter, Sophie, is 6 and our son, Charlie, is 4-1/2 years. Sophie was born prematurely and with many complications after birth and in her first few months. She was severely anemic at birth due to a fetomaternal hemorrhage, suffered…

Our 15 Year Anniversary at TACA

By Lisa Ackerman Back in October 2000, an email was shared to invite families to the first TACA meeting for families living with autism that would take place in November. That one email has sparked families to find other like-minded parents to find hopeful treatments and therapies for their children. Since that very first meeting,…

Top 2014 TACA Blogs

By Lisa Ackerman In 2014, the TACAnowblog reached over 250,000 readers. Not bad for a blog that has been in existence for 3 years. The archives of articles are pretty amazing and always available for your review. We appreciate the guest blogs from Drs. Bob Sears, Dan Rossignol, Richard Frye, David Berger, Elizabeth Mumper, Suzanne…

Why you should care about autism

By Lisa Ackerman This blog is not for families living with autism as they are well aware of this information. This blog is for you, the American taxpayer not living with autism in your life. You need to care about autism because you know what – your taxes are about to skyrocket. Please read. Autism…

Danger can come with the change in seasons

By Lisa Ackerman For many families summer is filled with fun activities, vacations and almost always involves WATER! This sounds fun. And it is fun! I have fond memories of summer time shenanigans with my family and friends. For families living with autism the summer season can be the exact opposite of fun. It can…

Gastrointestinal issues in autism are real

By Dr. Elizabeth Mumper, TACA Physician Advisory Member Parents have been telling their clinicians that gastrointestinal issues (GI) have plagued their children with autism for several decades. Unfortunately, in many cases, the reported symptoms were written off as part of the autism and may not have received the thorough attention and evaluations that were warranted….

Research & Autism: Important New Developments

  By Dr. Suzanne Goh   One of the most important developments in autism research in recent years has been a focus on how the body’s biochemistry is altered in autism. Many research studies have now shown that in those with autism, the mitochondria (which are the key part of the cell that generate energy)…

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…

Science and Subtypes in Autism

By Lisa Ackerman There is some incredible new research on autism and treatable, co-morbid conditions being released on a regular basis. This week, a new study has demonstrated strong results in emerging autism subtypes. I love seeing this new research! It gives me great comfort to know that more research on autism treatments has been…