Could I Be The Luckiest Girl In The World? An Autism Story.

The first Monday in August has been a huge day for our family for the past 12 years. It is the day of our annual golf outing fundraiser. It started because our son received early intervention and was starting out in a regular education classroom. At first the goal of the outing was si
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Speech Therapy for Toddlers? Really?

I’m no expert in speech therapy, but because of the work we do here at the Orange Effect Foundation, I often get asked a lot of questions that I honestly don’t know the answer to! So I took some of the top questions and posed them to the real experts… speech therapists! Their insight
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The Orange Effect Foundation Gives Kids a Voice

CLEVELAND – July 5, 2018 – PRLog — Recognizing that speech therapy, summer speech camp, and speech devices are simply out of reach for many families, the Orange Effect Foundation has stepped in to lend a hand. At a June board meeting, The Orange Effect Foundation awa
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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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