Changing Lives One Grant At a Time

We just did it again! At a board meeting held this past June, the Orange Effect Foundation became a game changer in the lives of 19 children. Awarding more than $60,000 in grants to children that need a voice, the Orange Effect Foundation funded over 450 hours of speech therapy, three
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Using AAC Technology To Create Inclusion in the Classroom

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices help to create inclusion within a classroom. Learn how these devices empower users to initiate communication, rather than just respond to questions.  Stephanie Taymuree has witnessed huge advances in augmentative and alternative
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Young Adult With Autism Reaches For the Stars

The Cleveland Clinic recently profiled an ambitious teen with autism who continues to defy expectations. At age 3, he could not walk, talk or easily swallow food. His doctors in Israel suggested a lifetime of institutionalization. Not content with that plan his parents pursued other o
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Learning About Speech-Language Pathology and Autism

This Autism Speaks article explains how speech-language pathologists can assist children with autism. What is a speech-language pathologist? Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have masters or doctoral training in speech-language pathology. They’ve completed a clinical fellowship and
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Placing Family First

I’ve been lucky at a lot of things in life. Amazing family, the best group of friends, and really great jobs. I went to college to be a social worker and my first few jobs in that field helped define what I was meant to do. They were both challenging and fulfilling. Then came mo
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Assistive Technology for Kids With Autism

We fund speech generating devices for children and young adults who are nonverbal or who have limited communication.  For many, access to a speech device opens up a world of opportunity and empowerment. Learn more about one mother’s journey to empower her son with speech through
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Do We Need Speech Therapy Over the Summer?

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start considering your child’s speech needs during that long, 10-week hiatus.  I get asked all the time, is it ok if my child goes all summer without speech therapy?  My answer—No! While summer brings a necessary respite from intensive
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Conquer the High Cost of Speech Therapy

Families with a speech disordered child often face a financial burden due to the high cost of speech therapy and other needed treatments. In fact, a survey published in Public Health Reports found that 40% of American families with children with special needs report feeling the strain
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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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