Thanks to TACA

  • 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 […]

  • 15 years later, ready for autism answers

    By Melanie Sanchez – TACA Mom My son Andrew is 15 1/2 years old.  He is non verbal, has autism, and a lovely contagious smile.  He had a brief “sleep deprived” EEG done right after diagnosis when he was around 3 years old.  It lasted  less than an hour and hardly seemed worth the time and effort.  At the […]

  • Oliver’s Autism Journey from sickness to better health

    By Lea Googe – TACA Co-coordinator Texas We often look back and wonder just how Oliver got so sick. We have our suspicions. And we have our regrets. Our family has a combined medical history filled with autoimmune issues like diabetes, ALS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Rheumatic Fever, Rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, ADD, depression and […]

  • The Autism Monster

    I enjoy being around my son. He is a true joy in my life whereas once upon a time, I felt like so many of you, “Why me? What now? HELP!” It does get better. Your child can get better. Do not give up on the diet, it DOES work!

  • Truman’s Improvement

    He is mainstreamed for about half his day at school and we look forward to his continued growth over the next several years. There is no doubt in our minds that he will graduate high school and go on to college pursuing his interests in computers and electronics.

  • Fighting for Another Day

    I honestly knew little about how to approach her circumstances. All those countless hours spent worrying about a diagnosis without one thought given to treatment. But, I instinctively knew I COULD treat it and that she WOULD recover.

  • I Found Hope

    The first week after the diagnosis, I grieved. I cried, I screamed. I questioned my faith and I prepared myself mentally for a worst case scenario. I felt as if I had lost my son. My husband spent hours researching treatments and therapies and then suggested we try a biomedical approach.

  • Gavin’s Treatments

    We immediately started weaning Gavin off the medication and started the GF/CF/SF diet and basic supplements, consisting of vitamins to help with constipation (one of his worst problems) and to help fight yeast overgrowth.

  • Symptoms Known as Autism

    I hope to inspire and give hope to other parents. There is hope out there in treatments that your doctor may not tell you about or ‘believe’ in. I spoke to my pediatricians about this program, but they brushed it off as ‘hogwash.”

  • The Beginning of What Was to Come

    I was 24 years old when I had my son, Christian, in 1999. He was such a good baby. He started taking his first steps when he was just two months old. He had a lump on the side of his neck and I noticed he couldn’t turn his head.

  • Interventions Helped!

    When Aareck was born, he had some medical complications. He developed pulmonary hypertension, along with pneumonia. He was hospitalized in the NICU for ten days. For seven of those days, he was sedated and hypersensitive to touch, lights, and sounds.

  • Lessons from the Autism Journey

    Mia was a premature baby, born at 34 weeks. I had a very complicated pregnancy, and to this day doctors still don’t understand my pregnancy. I lost 40 pounds while pregnant, yet was never nauseated or sick.

  • Teddy’s Story

    Our twins, Teddy & Tara, were born on June 24th, 2008. They were perfect, healthy babies. We realized how lucky we were and never took a second for granted as I had had an extremely difficult pregnancy.

  • A Fun and Awesome Kid

    In 2006, we welcomed another baby boy into our family. Luke was born with a shock of jet black hair and a beautiful disposition. He was an easy-going baby, breastfed well (always hungry) and was a gorgeous brother to Jack.

  • When I Found TACA

    I wasn’t at all surprised when our then 2-year-old son, Eddie, was diagnosed with autism. I had read a lot about autism and knew that Eddie had many red flags, especially the stimming and lack of language.

  • Marcus’ Journey

    Marcus was diagnosed with autism two months before his third birthday. There were signs that something was not quite right since he was a baby, but he was our first child and we didn’t know any better.

  • The Special Needs Journey

    thought I had done everything right. I had opted out of a sonogram, ate organic food, used organic products, and exercised while carrying my son, River. He was born naturally, without any complications, weighed nearly 9 pounds, and we chose not to vaccinate.

  • We Have Come a Long Way

    Tristan was born in November 1999 after a wonderful and uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery to a first time mom. He breastfed immediately and the first few months after he was born were “normal” per all the baby books I read — no colic, sleeping well, normal looking and smelling bowel movements, and no unusual fevers or ailments whatsoever.

  • The Day We Went to the Circus

    Most parents will never forget the day they realized their child had autism. For me, it was the day we went to the circus. That was the day my denial ended, and our autism journey started.

  • Results Will Vary

    Within the first few months after receiving an autism diagnosis for your daughter, you will come to realize that she is a bit more unique than you were previously told.