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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November 8, 2014 Autism Learning Seminar
Amy Lukos, presenting on MNRI — Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration
Masgutova Method is a program that focuses on the neurosensorimotor system. The technique integrates primitive reflexes, primary movements, coordination systems and skills to enable optimal functioning, development and learning. Primitive reflexes are automatic, stereotyped movements, directed from the brain stem and executed without cortical involvement. A reflex is a response of the nervous system. It is a unit of nervous system functioning, a unit for protection and survival, and a unit for neuro-plasticity. It is a support for neuro-immune, a language and means for sensory-motor integration. The goals of MNRI are to increase engagement, communication and cognitive functioning. MNRI helps to reduce behaviors, stress and anxiety. Integration of reflexes calms the nervous system, facilitates circulation, boosts the immune system and increases lymph flow. It will decrease fears and calm the fight or flight system. The sensory system calms down, and the motor system becomes automatic.

Amy Lukos
is a MNRI (Masgutova) Core in Training and a Certified Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Program Consultant. She has taken numerous training classes in the Masgutova method, in the areas of dynamic and postural, visual/auditory, oral/facial, tactile integration, lifelong reflexes, children with challenges, archetype reflex integration, proprioceptive and cognitive integration, PTSD recovery, basal ganglia, neurostructural, breathing integration and stress and hormones. She has an office in Glen Ellyn and offers home visits. She is also a State of Illinois provider for the children and adult waiver programs.

Jane Casey, presenting an Overview of Essential Oils and How They Pertain to the GUT or “Second Brain”.
Essential oils have been known to help with supporting the digestive system, reducing absent-mindness, relieving an upset or sour stomach, relaxing muscles, and aiding and supporting the immune system. This will be a hands on lecture, come ready to get your “oil” on!

Jane Casey is married to Steve Casey, and she is the mother of twin boys who have recovered from autism. She is also a chef and the author of two books — “Eat It And Beat It: Getting Over Autism” and an eBook, “Gut Over It! Recipes To Heal Your Gut and Optimize Your Brain ”

Dr. Tony Ebel, pediatric chiropractor — presenting “The Perfect Storm: The Role of Dys-Autonomia and the Vagus Nerve in Autism, ADHD, Sensory, Seizures, and More”
The Perfect Storm is a lecture created by Dr. Tony Ebel over 5 years ago. Since then it has gone through many enhancements and improvements to incorporate the latest research and scientific data, but its core foundation is still the same. To understand these neuro-developmental disorders in full, we must know what causes them. And truth is, it’s not one thing…but it’s a set of many different “common ingredients” that add up and accumulate themselves into disorders that we then call autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, seizures, and more. This is an extremely unique workshop, because while it certainly features and focuses on things such as the role of Dys-Autonomia and the Vagus Nerve, it ties together all different pathways and etiologies into these disorders. By explaining dys-autonomia and the role of the Vagus Nerve, Dr. Tony is also able to show attendees why such an overlap is seen in these kids with gut, immune, and respiratory disorders and challenges. It truly is all linked together, through the autonomic nervous system. At the end of the lecture Dr. Tony will detail the most important aspect of all — what actions steps to take to calm, balance, reorganize, and re-integrate your child’s autonomic nervous system, and thus producing overall health and function!

Dr. Tony,
as he is known, is a pediatric and wellness certified chiropractor, who specializes in neuro-developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, sensory integration disorder, seizures and other special needs. He has extensive education, experience, and passion in these areas, and has a large family practice in Crystal Lake, Premier Wellness Chiropractic, serving this population, as well as general family wellness. He holds post-doctorate certifications in pediatrics and wellness, and also has hundreds of hours of continuing education and training in the areas of autism, ADHD, sensory challenges, seizures, neuro-immunology, and other pediatric topics. His practice focuses on ensuring each child has a healthy, optimally functioning nervous system that is supported by the foundations of eating, moving, and thinking well. Dr. Tony now frequently travels throughout the country providing his Perfect Storm lecture and seminar to other chiropractors, staff, and other professionals, and also has done over 100 public/parent lectures on this topic and others. He has a beautiful wife, Kristina, incredible daughters Addison and Alaina, and an amazing little boy, Oliver, who himself went through “the perfect storm,” spending 6 weeks in the NICU with a very grave prognosis of seizures and severe delays. However, thanks to the early application of chiropractic care, Oliver never had a single seizure, or single delay, and today is a vibrant and healthy 4-year-old stud! Dr. Tony is a health and wellness “junkie” who loves CrossFit, juicing, spending time with his family, and sports.

The meeting is free, but please RSVP here.

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Location: Home State Bank
Community Meeting Room on basement level
611 S. Main Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

November 8, 2014

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, November 14, 2014
Date: Friday, December 12, 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.
**On November 7, join TACA Illinois in welcoming Patricia Lemer, author of Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing & Prevention.
Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Date: Friday, December 5, 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, November 2, 2014
Date: Sunday, December 7, 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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