Catching Waves For Well-Being

Surf therapy programs often focus on children with autism or anxiety, or groups like veterans or cancer survivors. Evidence indicates that surfing has a positive effect on mindfulness in addition to its physical benefits. Learn more about surf therapy and a California-based surf thera
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Remembering How Mel Tillis Overcame Stuttering To Be A Country Music Star

Did you enjoy watching Ken Burns’ latest documentary, “Country Music” on PBS? I can’t say that I’m a big country music fan, but I truly enjoyed learning the way that history, culture, and geography have woven together over time to produce what we now know
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Orange Effect Launches FUND60 Campaign

There are so many Joshuas. Since sharing with people our story, the journey of Joshua who at age three did not talk with words, but only with grunts and gestures, who is now a senior in high school at a regular education school, I have heard many stories from other families with simil
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5 Reasons Why Speech & Language Therapy is Crucial for a Non-Verbal Child

I recently had a conversation with a caseworker regarding individuals who are non-verbal. I asked her if any of the clients in the program receive speech and language services and she responded “Why would someone who is nonverbal need speech and language therapy? They can’t talk!”&nbs
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Rolling Out the Welcome Mat for Travelers with Autism

Travel just became a bit easier for many families. A growing number of theme parks, hotels and special attractions are introducing autism training and sensory guides, providing resources in times of need, and assuring families they won’t be judged. Learn more in this recent New York T
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You Always Stop to Smell the Roses – A Lesson Learned from My Autistic Son

We were at Cedar Point recently. If you’re not familiar, it’s a roller coaster park in Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour from our home in Cleveland. My husband grew up in the town so it’s a part of his life. We have had season passes every year I can remember. When the boys were small we
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Just One of the Many Benefits of Technology for Speech Therapy

I don’t think it is true for everyone, but for me I am always a little extra proud when things originate in my home town. I’m just a huge Cleveland fan. So when I heard that Cleveland Hearing and Speech, whom Orange Effect Foundation has partnered with for several years to provide sum
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Autism and Baseball: Why Baseball Can Be a Great Sport for People on the Autism Spectrum

America’s Favorite Past-Time Autism and baseball are a good fit for a number of reasons, starting with the slower paced team atmosphere, the plethora of numbers and statistics, and the open air setting. Baseball has been known as America’s favorite past-time for decades. As one of the
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13th Annual OEF Golf for Autism Amazing Success

It was the first Monday in August, 2007. It turned out to be the hottest day of the year, hitting 96 degrees with 90% humidity. It was also the first ever Golf for Autism, where 88 golfers and dozens of sponsors helped us donate $7,419 to Easter Seals. Now 12 years later, Orange Effec
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Life is a Balancing Act as a School SLP

I have a rare blood type that only 3% of the population has.  I’m AB+.  The Red Cross calls me often to donate my “rare blood.” I put it on my to do list and schedule a time. Sometimes I can end up making it to the appointment and actually donatin
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