Mendability & TACA are working to help children with autism benefit from an exciting innovative therapy.
This scholarship allows us help TACA families who might otherwise not have access to Mendability. It will be available at no cost for eligible TACA families.
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments.
- Have one or more children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Be a TACA member. Membership is free. You may join at your local TACA meeting or sign up online.
- Have a combined annual household income equal to or less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. (Applicants with higher household incomes will be considered, but priority will be given to those equal to or less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.)
Therapy Summary Description
Mendability is a new, home-based, clinically tested therapy for autism. Mendability uses Sensory Enrichment therapy to activate brain plasticity in children with autism and help them overcome the symptoms of autism. The therapy involves parents or therapists administering non-pharmaceutical, carefully constructed sensory exercises.
Mendability’s specific protocols of Sensory Enrichment maximize neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. In a recent clinical trial, following six months of therapy, 42% of the children in the enrichment group significantly improved in behaviors such as relating to people and responding to sights and sounds, compared to 7% of the standard care group, according to the study. The children in the enrichment group also improved on scores for cognitive function, which covers aspects of perception and reasoning, whereas the average scores for the children in the standard care group decreased.
“Sensory enrichment may well be an effective therapy for the treatment of autism, particularly in children much past the toddler stage,” said study co-author Michael Leon, PhD, a professor of neurobiology and behavior with the University of California Irvine.
APA press release:
Mendability for Autism was the basis for a research program and clinical trial at University of California, Irvine (UCI). Mendability for Autism uses a treatment known as Sensory Enrichment Therapy. Researchers at UCI documented marked improvement in children with autism ages 3 to 12 who engaged in Sensory Enrichment therapy. Study results are published online in Behavioral Neuroscience.
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