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TACA holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the United States that feature educational speakers on important topics and allow family members to connect with one another and stay on top of the latest information in the autism world. 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.
Coffee Talk events are for caregivers only. Professionals are welcome to any learning event along with caregivers. Childcare is not available at this time.

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Coordinators: Contact Deanne Cox, Diana Gomez, Lea Googe and Tara Mason
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TACA Night - Plano, TX

About: Happy New Year, Let's Celebrate! Congratulations you survived another holiday season and now it is time for an evening getaway to recharge, have a laugh, feel support, and find hope. Join TACA Texas and meet other parents just like you at the new Legacy Hall! Look for the TACA shirts up on the 3rd Floor between 7pm and 9pm. Grab your own dinner, a sweet treat or a drink from over 20 food stalls. Free parking available on the street and in the garage.
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Legacy Hall
7800 Windrose Avenue
Plano, TX 75024
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Optimum Brain Function and Sensory Processing - Rockwall, TX

Speaker: Denise Bennett, PT
About: What’s holding your child back and how can you help? TACA is excited to be partnering with SOAR Moms Support Group to provide this presentation given by Denise Bennett, PT. This presentation will include an introduction to sensory processing disorder which will include helping you to understand the neurological principles for optimum brain function to support motor skill development, self-regulation of behavior, and to support language and cognition. Denise will discuss what may be interfering with function and provide ideas for activities at home. Whether your child has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder or you’ve been told that it’s “just autism”, you’ll leave with take-home resources, ideas and information. Presentation will begin promptly at 10:00 followed by a Q&A.
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Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: Lake Pointe Church
Room W218 (West Wing entrance)
701 I-30
Rockwall, TX 75087
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Denise Bennett, PT has specialized in pediatric physical therapy for the last 32 years. Currently, Denise is the co-owner and Clinical Director of Excel Pediatric Therapy in Rockwall, TX. She enjoys working with a highly skilled team of other physical, occupational, and speech therapists at Excel. Her past work experience includes Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, public schools, and other private practices. While she works with children with a variety of diagnoses such as neuromuscular disorders, static encephalopathy, and developmental disorders; she specializes in sensory processing disorders that include autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD and learning disabilities. She is SIPT certified, a certified Interactive Metronome provider, a certified provider for Therapeutic Listening and Integrated Listening Systems, and certified for Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has also completed Level 1 and 2 Craniosacral therapy classes.

Coffee Talk - Southlake, TX

About: It’s a New Year and everyone is hungry for new ideas to help 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! Look for the friendly faces in the TACA shirts in the Party Room.
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Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Johnny B's Burgers
2704 East Southlake Blvd., Suite 104
Southlake, TX
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The Basics of Medical Marijuana for Autism - Arlington, TX

About: Join us and special guests Texas MAMMA, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism, to learn all about how medical cannabis can help individuals with autism. MAMMA’s Director of Family Relations, Christy Zartler, CPNP will be the special guest speaker, sharing personal stories of using cannabis to alleviate self-injurious behaviors. She will also talk about the different conditions that cannabis has been shown to help (seizures, self-injury, sleep, etc.), what the difference between THC and CBD are, as well as what parts of the plant that are effective for targeting certain conditions. RSVP here to save your spot.
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: Humperdinks
700 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
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Coffee Talk - Garland, TX

About: 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. Journey Guides will be available for new families. RSVP here to save your spot.
Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: Panera Bread
200 Town Center Blvd
Garland, TX 75040
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Smart Ideas Coffee Talk - Rockwall, TX

About: Special guest at TACA’s Smart Ideas Coffee Talk will be Dr. Danielle Gamboa. You’ll hear about how to make the best use of your time, your doctor’s time, and your pocketbook when it comes to your child’s doctor appointments. This coffee talk will be a chance for you to know what to expect and how to prepare. As a parent to a child with autism herself, Dr. Gamboa brings understanding and compassion to the discussion along with professional experience and knowledge. Take advantage of this opportunity to help your own family find answers. Event will be held in Party Room. Lending Library will be available. RSVP here to save your spot.

Dr. Danielle Gamboa is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine. She attended the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) Fall 2016 Conference.

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: La Madeleine
987 I-30 Frontage Rd
Rockwall, TX 75087
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