Shaping Their Voices

When Jacksonville, Florida’s Oak Hill Academy opened in 2016, some of its students ventured into a beautiful new world of communication. Though primarily non-verbal, these students are shaping their unique voices with their families, teachers and therapists leading the way. And Tobii
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How Reading Dogs Can Open Books For Children With Speech Disorders

How Reading Dogs Can Open Books For Children With Speech Disorders A recent study has shown that man’s best friend may also be a child’s best friend when it comes to reading. The presence of dogs during reading has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve reading performance. Wi
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Valentine’s Day Activities for Speech and Language

  It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day means telling the people you love how much you care about them and eating lots of chocolate! Here are some fun Valentine’s Day activities you can do with your child to celebrate Valentine’s Day and work on his speech and language ski
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Our Journey With Apraxia: This Is What I Have Learned

Many of our grant recipients are challenged by Childhood Apraxia of Speech. We’re sharing a great article written by a mom who knows firsthand what parenting a child with apraxia is all about.  People often ask me to describe what I’ve learned as the parent of a child with aprax
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How Do I Know if My Child Has Autism?

The short answer from a behavioral psychologist Q: How do I know if my child has autism? A: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder. We diagnose it by identifying deficits in two primary areas: Socio-communication, which includes deficits in communication as we
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The Future of Digital Voices

The Future Of Digital Voices 46% of Americans use digital voice assistants, allowing them to keep their hands free to talk naturally while typing. It’s a technology that can benefit people with speech impairments, aiding their communication. Speech synthesizer technology has enabled m
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Anticipation: Changing the Way We Think about Stuttering

Many people who stutter are able to identify a moment when they know they are about to trip up on a word or phrase. According to Eric S. Jackson, assistant professor at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, that moment can be characterized as “anticipatio
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AAC Device Guide

Children with severe speech or language disorders may benefit from an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. With so many different types of AAC devices available it can be confusing. Below is a list that will help you learn more. It is by no means exhaustive but wil
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Orange Effect Foundation Announces New Board Members

Cleveland, Ohio- The Orange Effect Foundation (OEF) welcomes two new members to its executive board. Dr. Monica Gordon Pershey, an associate professor at Cleveland State University and Craig Coffey, director of marketing communications at Lincoln Electric will help OEF continue its mi
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Gift Guide for Children Who Struggle

  Thank you to Connecting for Kids for creating and sharing this wonderful resource! Many families whose children struggle face difficulties in suggesting or choosing gifts for their child. To help out this year, we asked Connecting for Kids families for their favorite gift ideas
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