Happy Thanksgiving!

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5 Things That Made Holidays Hard For My Autistic Son

As the holidays approach, I reflect on how tricky they were for my son Joshua.  There are a number of things going on at one time, which often challenge an Autistic child, regardless of where they are on the spectrum.  By no means did we ever expect our family and friends to cater to
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For Girls With Autism, Differences Matter

When you think of “autism,” does a male child come to mind? It’s understandable if you answer “yes.” Past estimates have suggested that for every female on the autism spectrum, there are three to four males. On the high-functioning end of the spectrum, estimates have been even higher
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Age-Appropriate Speech and Language Milestones

  The ability to hear is essential for proper speech and language development. Hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately. The following are some age-related guidelines that may help
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The Orange Effect Spreads as Foundation Awards $29,000 in Grants to Children with Speech Disorders

CLEVELAND – Oct. 16, 2017 – PRLog — The Orange Effect Foundation proudly announces that this month it awarded more than $29,000 in grants to children and young adults in need. Following a thorough review process, recipients were awarded grants to pay for speech thera
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Enhancing Fluency For Those Who Stutter

The Orange Effect Foundation recently awarded a grant to a young adult with a severe stutter. The grant funded a SpeechEasy device which uses delayed auditory feedback and frequency altered feedback to enhance fluent speech production. Watch this video to learn more about how this dev
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Believing In Your Gut: A Pam Kozelka Post

Following the post about Joshua and his chairs,  I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me privately to ask for other signs of Autism that I may have seen in Joshua. Generally people are asking because they have concerns about their own children and they are looking for something
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What I Learned Fighting My Insurance Company

… or Keys to Successfully Acquiring Speech Therapy Services through a Managed Care Organization. The Orange Effect Foundation receives applications from families who seek assistance because their insurance does not cover speech therapy. This article lays out specific steps to challeng
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Spreading the Orange Effect: An Interview With Pam Kozelka

Pam Kozelka, Executive Director and Founder of the Orange Effect Foundation, discusses the work of the foundation and plans for the annual golf fundraiser held this past August. Listen to her interview with WEOL AM930 and learn more about those we assist and how we empower speech thro
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4 Incredible Reasons Why Your Non-Verbal Child Needs Speech Therapy

Why would a nonverbal person need speech therapy? After all, they can’t talk. Why would they need help with their speech? This is a common misconception that even professional caseworkers have. Yet, with the augmentative and alternative communication available in the field, you are do
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