How Having a Son With Autism Changed My Life

  Personal insight from an autism professional My son, Sean, was 2 years old when we first noticed something wasn’t quite right. He stopped pointing at things. He lost what little language he had been developing. Looking back, I realize his development hadn’t exactly been “neurot
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2017 OEF Golf for Autism

OEF Golf for Autism Announced for August 7th (Save the Date) The Orange Effect Foundation has one goal – to make sure those children who need speech therapy services get the funds or technology they need…to reach their full potential. For many families around the world, insurance or g
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How My Son’s Speech Therapy Ended Up Helping Me

It was an agonizing, gnawing fear. What if my son didn’t get the help he needed? For months my husband and I had been concerned about our toddler’s lack of speech. People kept telling us to give him time and he would magically start speaking one day. Everyone had a story to this effec
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Freeing Joey Summers

Joey Summers, the recent winner of a prestigious award for exemplary Ohio special education students, enjoys using his augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device to tell jokes and charm his teacher and therapy team. But communication hasn’t always come easy for this brigh
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How to Prevent Bullying of Children with Medical Conditions

Bullying can be a serious problem for any child, but for children with a medical challenge the risk is increased. Knowing the facts about bullying is the first step toward preventing victimization of children and teens with medical conditions, and keeping them safe. Aggressive behavio
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Children of Color with Autism Face Disparities

African-American children are often diagnosed with autism at older ages than white children, missing years of potential intervention and treatment. Special correspondent John Donvan and producer Karen Zucker meet a black family who struggled to find community and resources for their s
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I Saw the Signs…

People often ask, and I have countlessly asked myself, if there were early signs that my son, Joshua, was on the autism spectrum. Almost since birth, Joshua was an arm flapper. That was probably one of the most outwardly visible signs looking back. Predominantly when he was excited he
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Easing a Stutter

  Did you know that when people who stutter speak the same material in unison with another speaker, they become more fluent and speak more clearly? This is called the choral effect. In 2016, the Orange Effect Foundation funded a device to assist a teen who has a severe stutter. T
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Using AAC in the Classroom

Stephanie Taymuree has witnessed huge advances in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) during her nearly 40 years as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and special educator, and her implementation of AAC technology in the classroom is unrivaled. But she still finds it thr
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App Gives Autistic Teen a Voice

Did you know that an I-Pad app can provide a voice for someone who has difficulty communicating verbally? One specific augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app enables users to modify and personalize it for specific situations, such as ordering lunch at a local sub shop. W
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