It has been six years since my daughter, Rosie, was diagnosed with Autism. Those were some very difficult times for our family. Rosie barely slept, didn't want to eat, couldn't communicate and would tantrum much of the day. Without the ability to communcate I had no idea how to help my little girl. I have never felt so powerless in my life. Our doctors only referred us to get some behavioral therapy, speech and OT. The non stop crying was chalked up to "just part of Autism". Not being able to take my little girl anywhere without a fight, we were isolated, alone, exhausted and confused.
I thank my lucky stars that we came into contact with our ENT that had a child on the spectrum. He relayed to me how he helped his son. With mix of specialized treatements, a special diet, detoxification and intensive therapies his son who was then in his teens was mainstreamed, playing sports and pretty much recovered from Autism. I wanted that for my little girl.
It turned out the non-stop crying was my daughter in severe gastrointestinal distress. By changing her diet, we began avoiding some of the things that caused the most pain. Later we switched to a diet that helped heal her gut - each time bringing her cognitive and behavior gains. Now my daughter is happy and healthy and we see progress each and every day with her. We are so hopeful for the future.
During the process I have met some of the most selfless parents and practitioners. It was these selfless parents that referred me to a variety of practitioners that understood autism and directed us to helpful treatments.
I also came across the most amazing non-profit group that has the sole purpose of helping other families during their Autism journey. By offering printed journey guides, a mentor program, real time chat, a website full of information, chapter meetings across the country, informal coffee talks, medical grants for families and conferences TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) is like no other Autism organization in the country. TACA is the boots on the ground coming to the aid of countless parents through the most difficult days. One family at a time, one child at a time, TACA is helping children live to their fullest potential and providing hope to families when they need it most.
As the number of families facing diagnosis continue to rise and state, local governments and school districts are cutting costs TACA is needed more than ever. Any amount you can give will be appreciated - just $10 helps cover the printing cost for a journey guide, the more you can give, the more families we can help.
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