Come to a TACA Meeting and/or Coffee Talk!

TACA Hawaii holds Autism Learning Seminars, Meetings, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our meetings and 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.

Unless advance arrangements are made, Coffee Talks are for families living with autism only. Providers interested in attending should contact the TACA Coordinator with the request no later than 2 weeks prior to the meeting date.

Here are the upcoming events for the TACA Hawaii Chapter:

TACA IEP Workshop

About: Learn as much as possible to prepare for your child’s IEP Meeting. The IEP (Individualized Education Program) is the foundation for your child’s education, and you are a very important member of the team that develops it. Increase your knowledge so that you can be an active, prepared member of your child’s IEP team. RSVP to save your chair at this very-knowledgeable table. If you are new to TACA, you’ll receive the Autism Journey Guide as a take-home resource.
Presented by: Kiele Pennington, TACA Hawaii Coordinator
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Aliamanu Community Center
101 Kauhini Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96818

TACA Play Date

About: Come enjoy play with other families with autism! Crystal Amelang, OTR/L, SIPT will be hosting TACA at Sprout Therapy to allow time to explore, share and play together. Enjoy the opportunity to ask questions and share resources with Crystal and other TACA parents. This event is free but participation is limited! In order to accommodate as many children as possible, registration will be limited to children with autism and a parent or caregiver. An RSVP is required for this event. RSVP here. *This event is limited to 15 children.
A parking lot across the street from Sprouts is $5.00/day or free/metered parking can be found surrounding Sprouts.
Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Registration: 8:15 AM
Time: 8:30 - 9:30 AM
Location: Sprouts Therapy
1210 Wilhelmina Rise, Unit B
Honolulu, HI 96816
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Crystal Amelang
is the owner and founder of Sprouts Therapy. She graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2002. She has always had a passion for working with children. Crystal has years of experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including the home, community parks and beaches, public and private schools and play based sensory clinics. These opportunities have allowed her to treat children with a variety of developmental delays and given her extensive experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with Sensory Processing Disorders. Crystal is an Advanced Integrated Listening System (iLs) Practitioner, Advanced Pediatric Interactive Metronome (IM) Practitioner, an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner (SIPT), and Therapeutic Listening Practitioner. Crystal has completed 500 hours of training in massage therapy, which she incorporates into her pediatric practice, as well as training in CranioSacral Therapy provided by the Upledger Institute. Additional trainings include Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits, The Whole Child: SANE (Sleep, Activities, Nutrition, Environment) System of Pediatric Assessment/Treatment, Music Together for families and within therapy, and The SCERTS Model. Crystal holds a Basic Certification in the DIR/Floortime Approach and the SOS Approach to Feeding. Additionally she has completed the level one mentorship training program at the Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorders under Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sara Schoen.

TACA Movie & Family Day

About: Let’s go to the movies! Families will be able to enjoy a movie day with their children in the AMR movie theater. Parents are welcome to gather for a Coffee Talk while children enjoy the movie or families can play at the skate park, field, or splash park. Pack some snacks or lunch and join other TACA families to share resources or enjoy some fun! We will show the Emoji movie that day. An RSVP is required to attend. RSVP here.
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Aliamanu Community Center
101 Kauhini Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96818

Chapter Information

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.Are you wondering what happens at a TACA meeting? Watch our video.

Coordinator: Contact Kiele Pennington
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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