Pets Can Help Autistic Children Learn to Share and Comfort Others

Neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz explores the connection between pets and an autistic’s child’s ability to bond. As demonstrated in a French study of 40 children with autism and their families, whether and when a family acquires a pet can affect a child’s abili
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The Truth Behind Speech Disorders and Stress

Speech disorders affect millions of children each year, with almost 8% of kids under 17 showing some sort of communication disorder. The inability to connect with peers can be an emotional drain on school-age kids, leading to a myriad of both physical and mental problems that can pers
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Dear Moms: Stop Beating Yourself Up

I suspect like many Moms, I get reflective as Mother’s Day approaches. But do I have time to be reflective? Maybe not. I have to make sure that all the Moms and Grandmas and Nanas in our life get cards, and gifts where appropriate. And I have to make sure that we see them that day. Oh
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Children’s Books That Promote Autism Awareness

An April 2018 New York Times article told of a new study that shows the widespread impact of reading with young children. The study revealed that social and emotional development takes place, in addition to learning language and literacy. It also showed that reading with a child can d
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The Orange Effect Foundation Responsible For Orange Wave

CLEVELAND – April 11, 2018 – PRLog — An orange wave is taking over the country. After a March 2018 board meeting, The Orange Effect Foundation is proud to announce that since it began awarding grants in late 2015, the foundation has funded over 85 children in 17 stat
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Cavaliers Expand Accessibility For Fans With Sensory Issues

It’s NBA Playoff Season (Go Cavs!) and whether you prefer to catch the game from your couch or are fortunate enough to have tickets to a game, several arenas have recognized that watching a pro game can be sensory overload for some fans. In fact, the Cleveland Cavaliers were the
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State of the Arts to Enhance Learning

The arts have always been an avenue to aid the development of all children. Teaching children how to express themselves and their emotions through artmaking is not new, as we spend more time with our children at home.  The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) denotes that ‘Ar
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Get Ready to Golf!

As the Orange Effect Foundation (OEF) continues to grow, we are now fundraising full time to meet the demand of children and families with need. That said, our golf outing is still our biggest fundraiser. Registration is now open for the 12th Annual OEF Golf for Autism. It’s har
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Ultrasound Unlocks Articulation Roadblock

In this article published in the March 2018 Outcomes Magazine by the Harding University Center for Health Sciences, a speech-language pathologist shares a patient’s breakthrough after ultrasound is used to map articulation. Lucie’s speech was atypical. In fact, it was like nothi
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When Everything…Even Getting In Trouble…Is AMAZING!

From my UNscientific research*, about 10% of parents have been told that their child will not be able to do something. Maybe they were told their child can’t play a particular sport due to a past injury, or that their child cannot participate in an academic completion due to a learnin
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