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TACA Georgia 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.

Coordinators: Contact Christi O’Neal, Janey Guined, and Jackie Moore
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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September 26, 2014 Coffee Talk and Learn with Melanie Wardle

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: J. Christopher’s (Meeting Room)
3070 Windward Plaza
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Driving Directions

Drinks will be provided by TACA. Menu options will be available for purchase.

Melanie Wardle will be joining TACA to discuss biomedical treatments for children with autism. She will be sharing her experience in treating children with autism and also answering your questions.

Attendance is free, but an RSVP is requested.

Melanie Wardle is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in holistic pediatric primary care, nutritional and detoxification therapies for autism, ADHD and related disorders. She also specializes in immune dysregulation such as allergies, asthma and autoimmune disorders. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems beginning in infancy and continuing into adulthood. Melanie also works with women and men who wish to do preconception and prenatal counseling, testing and treatments to try and optimize the health of the baby and the pregnancy.

Melanie received her nurse practitioner degree from the University of South Florida, where she was a student of Dr. David Berger. She received extensive training by Dr. Berger for at least a year before starting at his practice.

Melanie has previously worked at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Melanie is a member of MAPS, the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Melanie and her family have recently relocated to the Atlanta area. After telling Dr. Berger of the relocation he insisted on keeping Melanie on staff and together they decided to open a satellite location in the greater Atlanta area where she can continue helping special needs children with her biomedical background.

Melanie brings a unique blend of integrative medicine and nursing to her role, utilizing a holistic perspective for the care of the patient. She believes in educating the patients to enable them to make the best decisions on their quest for optimal health. Her true desire is to enhance a positive healing experience and confidence to those in need.

October 25, 2014 SAVE THE DATE! – Autism Learning Seminar and Resource Fair
Featuring Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, Dr. David Berger and Shelley Hendrix

This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is required.

Johns Creek United Methodist Church
11180 Medlock Bridge Road
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Driving Directions

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Preconception through Infancy: Strategies to Reduce the Incidence of Chronic Disease in Children including Autism, ADHD, and More ~ David Berger, MD, FAAFP
With the autism incidence of 1 in 68, and the incidence in a second child at 1 in 6, many parents are looking for strategies to prevent autism. This presentation will explore nutritional,hormonal dietary and detoxification approaches that families can use to improve their health and the overall health of their future children. Dr Berger has not had any children who were born into his primary care practice go on to receive a diagnosis of Autism. He will explain how he uses these approaches to have wonderful outcomes for future children.

David Berger is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in holistic pediatric primary care, nutritional and detoxification therapies for autism, ADHD and related disorders and immune dysregulation, such as allergies, asthma and autoimmune disorders. He also sees adults with these medical conditions. He graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of South Florida. He started using holistic therapies at the Tampa General Hospital/USF Pediatric Clinic during his residency. He has served as the team doctor for Tampa Catholic High School, the Medical Director for a summer camp run by the Tampa AIDS Network and the Medical Liaison for the Palm Beach County Breast Feeding Task Force. He has been in private practice since 1997, and in 2005, he opened Wholistic Pediatrics in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Berger has been an advanced practitioner of the Defeat Autism Now!/Autism Research Institute philosophy since 1999. In 2010, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing.

How YOU can help PASS Ava’s Law in 2015 ~ Shelley Hendrix

Shelley Hendrix has been organizing political grassroots activity for over 20 years, 16 of those within the autism community through both Unlocking Autism and as the National Director of Grassroots Advocacy for Autism Speaks. In this session, she will reveal tips she has learned along the way to help you become a more successful advocate, as well as update us on the current status of the Ava’s Law initiative to bring autism insurance reform to the state of Georgia. You can make a difference but you and 10 of your friends working with you can make more!

Shelley’s son, Liam, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two in 1998. Since that diagnosis, Shelley has become a leader in the autism community, organizing political rallies across the country and teaching parents how to get involved in government activity. She began working at Autism Speaks in September of 2007. Shelley has served on an advisory panel with the U.S. Department of Defense Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program for Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs since the program’s inception in 2007. This program works to fund and develop innovative strategies in autism research with a goal of helping people impacted with autism. In 2005, Spectrum Publications named Shelley “Person of the Year” for her work within the autism community and in 2006 she was named one of the Top 10 Faces of Autism. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA with a double major in political science and art history.

Effective Therapies for Autism: Ranging from Brain Physics to Immunological Interventions for the Gut and the Brain ~ Jeff Bradstreet, MD, MD(H) FAAFP, FMAPS
Over the past 17 years I have attempted to explore and document what forms of therapy work for individuals with autism related issues. The key is the individual rather than the statistics of group responses. One child may need intensive metal detoxification, while another needs advanced immunological treatments. One child may respond vigorously the hyperbaric oxygen while another begins speaking in sentences after transcranial magnetic therapy. This presentation will span the peer-reviewed literature to create an algorithm for how to address each case and how best to determine which therapies will likely be effective. The goal is to focus on the individual needs and methodologies to determine best practices.

Dr. Bradstreet
is extensively published and involved in ongoing research into the immune system and brain physics (TMS/MRT) of autism. He is on faculty at Western University of Health Sciences Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE) and is working with the faculty to develop innovative biomedical techniques to restore functionality to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He recent publications cover topics in immunology, brain imaging and stem cell interventions.

TBA TACA Coffee Talk

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!

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Starbucks (Look for us in the meeting room)
435 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 400
Cumming, GA 30041
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