Illinois

Come to a TACA Event!

TACA Illinois holds Autism Learning Seminars, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our seminars feature educational speakers on important topics for ASD families. Our Coffee Talks and family events provide more settings where families can informally network, share resources and speak with seasoned parents.

Each TACA group maintains a resource library of the latest autism books and DVDs/CDs that can be checked out by members at no charge.

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: Home State Bank, Community Meeting Room (on basement level)
611 S. Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Directions from your location
Coordinators: Contact Linda Betzold, Sara DiFucci and Johna Sommer
Child care: Not offered at this time, sorry
Equal Participation: Please contact TACA if you will require an accommodation to participate.
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April 5, 2014 Autism Learning Seminar – “The Scoop on Poop”

Speakers: Dr. Devin Houston, Dr. Anju Usman, Dr. Greg Brown and Sonja Hintz, RN

Time: 1:00 – 5:30 PM

Location: Home State Bank, Community Meeting Room (on basement level)
611 S. Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Directions from your location

This seminar is FREE but an RSVP is required.
Click here to RSVP.

Enzymes and Autism with Dr. Devin Houston
An increased understanding of the gut’s role in nutrition, immunity and overall health has emphasized the importance of digestive function. Enzyme supplements can add another level of benefit. Understanding enzymes and their function can provide valuable help in addressing specific food intolerances. This lecture will illustrate how plant-based enzymes work, how they are dosed, and how to select the appropriate type of enzyme for individual dietary needs.

Dr. Devin Houston received his doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. His graduate work centered on characterization of enzymes in cellular models of aging. After post-doctoral work at the University of Virginia, he held a faculty position at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. While there he directed a multi-institute NIH Program Project grant which resulted in several peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Houston’s subsequent endeavors in private industry involved applied studies of food-grade enzymes in health and nutrition. He started his own company in 2001, now known as Houston Enzymes. Dr. Houston continues to formulate and innovate enzyme products targeted to the needs of children with autism and those with food intolerances.

Bugs, Biofilm and Behavior with Dr. Anju Usman
Utilizing diet and nutrients such as enzymes, probiotics, and herbs can help rebalance the gut and improve behavior.

Dr. Anju Usman is director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois. She has been using evidence-based integrative medical interventions to help children diagnosed with ADD, Autism, Allergies, Gastrointestinal issues and related disorders for over fifteen years. She has conducted research involving copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm related infections, vitamin D in pregnancy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She is also co-founder of ACE (Autism Center for Enlightenment) a non-profit which supports research, education and biomedical therapies for families in need. Presently, she acts as science editor for the magazine, “The Autism File”. Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University. She completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois and is board certified in Family Practice.

How Hormones, Parasites and Microbes affect Gut Health and Motility with Dr. Gregory Brown and Sonja Hintz, RN
Hormones, parasites and microbes can impact overall gut health and cause issues like chronic diarrhea, constipation and more. Hormones play a role in overall health and frequently are overlooked as contributing to GI dysfunction. Many assume that we don’t have parasites in America, but we will look at proof to the contrary and how to go about treating them. Lastly, the microbes, both good and bad, can cause disharmony in our flora; we will review testing options and treatments available.

Gregory L. Brown MD is a board certified Internist whose current focus is the integrative medical treatment of ASD, ADD and ADHD as well as the many immune, infectious, gastrointestinal and systemic problems faced by these individuals and many others. His practice has grown to include chronic infectious disease and most particularly chronic Lyme Disease. Dr. Brown is a physician at Serenity Health Care Center, 2607 N Grandview Rd., Suite 150, Waukesha, WI, 53188. www.serenityhealthcarecenter.com

Sonja Hintz is a registered nurse and the mother of a seventeen year-old son, Alexander, who no longer has autism. Through the use of therapeutic dietary intervention, biomedical treatments and other therapies, Alex has made a recovery. Sonja currently provides biomedical treatments at Serenity Health Care Center. Sonja and Alex are also coauthors of a chapter in “Vaccine Epidemic.” She has been using functional medicine to improve the lives of her patients for fifteen years.

There will be a Q&A session with all speakers as a panel at the end of the seminar.

April 10, 2014 TACA and THMC Presents: Spring Cleaning
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Speaker: Anju Usman, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM, Hom-C
Natural ways to use diet, nutrition, and nutraceutical to help detoxify the body.

Naperville’s FASTRACK Program
Debbie Hansen of the Naperville Police Department to discuss the town’s FASTRACK program for its citizens who have a tendency to wander.
The Naperville Police Department has combined “tried and true” radio technology with specially trained response team members to build an effective life-saving system that has proven itself nationally, time and time again, to be reliable, responsive, practical, and affordable. People who are part of the FASTRACK PROGRAM wear a personalized transmitter on their wrist or ankle 24/7. When a caregiver notifies the Naperville Police Department that the participant is missing, a search and rescue team responds and starts searching with the mobile tracking equipment. It is a small, water resistant transmitter that emits a tracking signal every second, 24-hours a day. The signal can be tracked on the ground, by searchers on foot or in vehicles, or from the air over several miles. As each transmitter has a unique radio frequency, the FASTRACK search team is able to positively locate, identify, and return the person who has wandered away from home or a care facility…usually in 30 minutes or less.

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Location: The Neuroconnection
1847 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
Driving Directions

June 12, 2014 TACA and THMC Presents: Bugs, Behavior and Biofilms
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Speaker: Anju Usman, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM, Hom-C
Utilizing diet and nutrients such as enzymes, probiotics and herbs can help rebalance the gut and improve behavior.

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Location: The Neuroconnection
1847 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
Driving Directions

Coffee Talk – Algonquin

What: Come and receive some extra support or to chat all topics related to autism and meet other TACA families.
Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: Panera Bread
451 South Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Directions from your location

Coffee Talk – Schaumburg

What: Come and receive some extra support or to chat all topics related to autism and meet other TACA families.
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: Whole Foods Market
750 N. Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Driving Directions

Coffee Talk – Glen Ellyn

What: This is a great opportunity to support one another, share information and resources, and sneak out of the house for some adult time, too. Hope to see you there!
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Location: Panera Bread
541 Roosevelt Rd.
(in the Jewel strip mall)
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Directions from your location
For more information contact Erin Micklo

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