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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February 20, 2016 Autism Learning Seminar

Time: 1:00 – 6:30 PM

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

This event is free, however an RSVP is required. Please RSVP here.

Can an Integrative Approach Help Aggression and Rage Behavior?
Helpful Tips from Docs and Moms

Patients presenting with aggression and rage bring a sense of urgency to the physician and family who care for them. Possible causes and triggers must be determined, and families must deal with behaviors that are threatening the patient and their family. The family and other caregivers are under a tremendous amount of stress and need tools to help acutely. Possible metabolic and biomedical conditions that may present as aggression and rage will be discussed. Some simple options and tools that can be used acutely and on a longer-term basis to help will be presented, along with coping strategies from other parents who have faced these issues.

Dr. Anju Usman, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM, FMAPs, Hom-C
Dr. Anju Usman is director and owner of True Health Medical Center and Pure Compounding Pharmacy in Naperville, Illinois. She specializes in biomedical interventions for children with ADD, Autism, PANDAS/PANS, Down Syndrome, and related disorders. She has been involved in research regarding copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm related infections and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She is on the executive committee for the Autism Society of Illinois, and also serves on the advisory boards for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) and Generation Rescue. She is a faculty member of MAPS (Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs). Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University and completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She is board certified in Family Practice and Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM).

SIBO, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
SIBO is “abnormally large numbers of bacteria present in the small intestine, leading to impairment of digestion and absorption” (Dr. Mark Pimentel, MD of Cedars-Sinai). A common misconception among physicians is that dysbiosis causes SIBO, but in fact, dysbiosis is the result of SIBO. The real issue is dyskinesia (abnormality or impairment of voluntary movement) of the intestines and, therefore, should be renamed Small Gut Dyskinesia Syndrome. If the intestines cannot move food and bacteria forward, then the area affected becomes a breeding ground for abnormal overgrowth and malabsorption. Many things affecting the intestines contribute to SIBO — medications, food poisoning, low hydrochloric acid in stomach, stress, low diversity of good bacteria, and more. People diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) are 60% more likely to have SIBO. There are many symptoms associated with SIBO — food sensitivities, gas and bloating that worsen throughout the day, bloating no matter what is eaten, diarrhea/constipation/alternating diarrhea and constipation, abdominal pain and cramping. GI symptoms worsen with prebiotics and probiotics, and temporarily improve with antibiotics. SIBO can only be confirmed using a breath test. It cannot be diagnosed by a stool analysis, but it is important to obtain a comprehensive stool analysis to see what organisms are overgrown and to what extent there is malabsorption. Correcting SIBO is a multi-step process that includes a specific diet, supplements and possibly medications to clear out the overgrowth and correct the dyskinesia. This process will take months, and depending on the person and their immune status, maybe a year or more.

Dr. Alicia Miller, ND
Dr. Alicia Miller specializes in functional medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle counseling. Although Dr. Miller is trained as a family care physician, she has special interest in women’s medicine, adolescent medicine, and pediatrics. Dr. Miller is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is currently working towards MAPS certification under Dr. Anju Usman. Dr. Miller is Adjunctive Faculty at the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard since 2009, instructing naturopathic medical students and chiropractic students. She received her naturopathic medical education from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Elmhurst College in 1996 and massage therapy training from Wellness Massage Training Institute in 2001.

Autism and Anesthesia
Autistic children often undergo medical and dental procedures requiring anesthesia. All anesthetic agents have relative risks and benefits. Special caution is warranted with agents that affect methylation and mitochondrial function. Get the tools for an informed conversation with your anesthesiologist about unique medical problems, so better decisions can be made about choice of anesthetic agents for your child. Pre-op and post-op strategies and detoxification support will help your child recover from the anesthetic.

Sym Cusimano Rankin, RN, CRNA
Sym Cusimano Rankin, RN, CRNA graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana School of Nursing and the Charity Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in New Orleans. As a practicing anesthetist, she has witnessed an alarming increase in chronic and autoimmune diseases, and as a mother, she has seen her own son’s journey of recovery from autism.

Restoring the Microbiome and Its Potential for Helping Us to Heal from Autoimmunity, Autism, and Other Disorders
Growing evidence suggests that the microbiome, that collection of microbes and their genetic material living within us, conditions our immunity to pathogenic microbes and xenobiotics, regulates autoimmune responses, and even interacts with brain function—all of which are of primary importance for our children with ASD. We will examine the components of a healthy microbiome, causes of its disruption, and how it all interacts with our immune system and central nervous system. We will discuss the tried and true approaches for restoring a healthy microbiome, as well as exploring groundbreaking newer methods such as helminthic therapy and Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT).

Dr. Julie Logan, DC
Dr. Julie Logan, DC practices in Wheaton, Illinois and with Dr. Anju Usman at True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois. She is a MAPS-certified physician and specializes in working with children with the symptoms of Autism, ADD/HD, PANDAS/PANS, food sensitivities, methylation defects, GI issues, and environmental illnesses. She applies both biomedical as well as chiropractic principles of restoring optimal health to her patients.

Coffee Talk & Learn – Schaumburg

What: Freedom from Stress
Stop subscribing to modern-day martyrdom by suffering through life’s challenges. Overcoming challenges is hard enough, you don’t need to exasperate it more! Fear and stress inhibit our ability to live presently. When we determine our success or happiness on future events, we limit our ability to have vibrant and fulfilling lives. It is the delicate balance of having aspirations while being fulfilled with where you are presently that is the underlying theme of this energetic and enlightening chat on freeing yourself from stress.

Speaker: Jacqueline Roller
For the last 10 years, Jacqueline Roller has mentored and advocated for people to live fearlessly authentic lives. She was worked with special needs children and their families, exhausted moms, ambitious employees, confused teens and individuals who have lost their passion and focus. She is an avid researcher of nutrition, essential oils and other holistic lifestyle choices that support the foundation of a thriving body, mind and spirit.

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: Whole Foods Market
750 N. Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Driving Directions

Coffee Talk – Schaumburg

What: Come to us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you or daily struggles you may need help with and in a moderated, roundtable style discussion we will address the hottest issues and pick the brains of families that have been there. Come for referrals, advice, recipes, resources and learn from the experiences of others. We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen! **This coffee talk now meets on the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted below.**
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: Whole Foods Market
750 N. Martingale Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Driving Directions

Coffee Talk & Learn – Algonquin

What: Freedom from Stress
Stop subscribing to modern-day martyrdom by suffering through life’s challenges. Overcoming challenges is hard enough, you don’t need to exasperate it more! Fear and stress inhibit our ability to live presently. When we determine our success or happiness on future events, we limit our ability to have vibrant and fulfilling lives. It is the delicate balance of having aspirations while being fulfilled with where you are presently that is the underlying theme of this energetic and enlightening chat on freeing yourself from stress.

Speaker: Jacqueline Roller
For the last 10 years, Jacqueline Roller has mentored and advocated for people to live fearlessly authentic lives. She was worked with special needs children and their families, exhausted moms, ambitious employees, confused teens and individuals who have lost their passion and focus. She is an avid researcher of nutrition, essential oils and other holistic lifestyle choices that support the foundation of a thriving body, mind and spirit.

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: Panera Bread
451 South Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Directions from your location

Coffee Talk – Algonquin

What: Come to us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you or daily struggles you may need help with and in a moderated, roundtable style discussion we will address the hottest issues and pick the brains of families that have been there. Come for referrals, advice, recipes, resources and learn from the experiences of others. We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen! **This coffee talk now meets on the second Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted below.**
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Location: Panera Bread
451 South Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Directions from your location

Coffee Talk & Learn – Glen Ellyn

What: Freedom from Stress
Stop subscribing to modern-day martyrdom by suffering through life’s challenges. Overcoming challenges is hard enough, you don’t need to exasperate it more! Fear and stress inhibit our ability to live presently. When we determine our success or happiness on future events, we limit our ability to have vibrant and fulfilling lives. It is the delicate balance of having aspirations while being fulfilled with where you are presently that is the underlying theme of this energetic and enlightening chat on freeing yourself from stress.

Speaker: Jacqueline Roller
For the last 10 years, Jacqueline Roller has mentored and advocated for people to live fearlessly authentic lives. She was worked with special needs children and their families, exhausted moms, ambitious employees, confused teens and individuals who have lost their passion and focus. She is an avid researcher of nutrition, essential oils and other holistic lifestyle choices that support the foundation of a thriving body, mind and spirit.

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
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

Coffee Talk – Plainfield, IL

What: Come to us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you or daily struggles you may need help with and in a moderated, roundtable style discussion we will address the hottest issues and pick the brains of families that have been there. Come for referrals, advice, recipes, resources and learn from the experiences of others. We each can’t know everything, but when we come together great things happen!
Date: TBA
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Location: Panera
Caton Crossing Town Square Shopping Center
2360 IL-59
Plainfield, IL 60586
Driving Directions

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Email lists are a great way to stay connected between meetings. You can subscribe, read emails and ask questions all related to autism. These lists connect you to other parents like you!

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