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.

Coordinators: Contact Linda Betzold, Johna Sommer and Silvia Martinez
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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Coffee Talk - Glen Ellyn

What: Come meet mentors in the Glen Ellyn area! A TACA Coffee Talk is where you can come to talk about all things autism! Whether you are new to the autism journey or have been on the journey for several years, there is a place for you at the TACA table. Come join us for coffee and conversation as we help each other to find the answers for our families. RSVP here.
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Location: Panera Bread
751 Roosevelt Rd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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Girls with Autism & Puberty, Question & Answer with Dr. Anju Usman Singh

What: Girls with Autism present different needs during puberty.
This will be a meeting to get your hard-to-ask questions, answered by Dr. Usman Singh, as well as meet other parents raising girls with Autism.
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Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: True Health Medical Center
603 E Diehl Rd #135
Naperville, IL 60563
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Anju Usman, MD, FAAFP, ABIHM, FMAPs, Hom-C
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 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).

Coffee Talk - Plainfield, IL

About: Join us in Plainfield, IL for a TACA Coffee Talk to help parents find information, support and connections with other families. This coffee talk will be moderated by TACA Coffee Talk Mentors with discussion based on the needs of the attendees. No autism topic is off-limits. Come with your questions or plan to share your experience to help others. Moderated by TACA Illinois Mentors. Free Journey Guides for new attending families. Child care isn't provided for this event.
RSVP here to save your spot.
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Panera Bread
2360 South Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60586
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Seminar: Is Your ABA Program Addressing Core Deficits of Autism

About: Speaker: Amanda Parker, M.Ed BCBA
ABA therapy is the most prescribed treatment for children with autism. As the science of ABA and our understanding of autism continues to evolve, it is important that our programs are also evolving and addressing more than rote learning skills. In this workshop, we will review how your ABA program can address deficits of autism beyond the table to include referencing, perseverance, problem solving, flexibility, and more.
-Review of autism deficits and how they differ from cognitive deficits
-Discuss how these deficits affect your child’s long-term quality of life
-Learn key components to a quality ABA program
-Review videos of learners of all age groups working on deficits such as joint attention, perseverance, problem solving, and flexibility
-Learn ways to ensure social deficits and barriers are addressed in your child’s ABA program

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Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Chicago Autism and Behavior Specialists (CABS)
901 W. Hawthorn Drive
Itasca, IL 60143
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Amanda Parker, M.Ed, BCBA is the owner and Program Director at CABS, an ABA company servicing children age 2-26 with autism in Illinois and Georgia.
Amanda has been working in the field of ABA for 20 years. She began her career working with seniors with autism before moving to the school setting and working with early childhood learners. She was the executive director of one of the first ABA schools in the state of Illinois before starting her private practice, CABS, in 2008. Amanda has experience working with individuals with ASD from 2-80 years old in home, community, school, and group home settings.
Amanda has made it CABS’s mission to focus on treating deficits of autism that go beyond rote learning skills and ensuring long-term quality of life for all of their clients. She frequently presents on topics related to ABA and advocacy in Illinois and Georgia.

Coffee Talk - Algonquin, IL

About: It's a new year and everyone is hungry for new ideas for their child with autism. Join us with your biggest concerns, topics that interest you or daily struggles you may need help with. 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!
Complementary breakfast and coffee will be provided.
Child care isn't provided for this event.
Date: TBA
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: Daily Projects Cafe
124 S Randall Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102
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