Autism, Speech Therapy and Minecraft

Today a photo popped up in my Facebook memories that actually caused me to have a true emotional gasp! Look at the big genuine smile on those boys! That’s Adam on the left, and Joshua on the right. The photo was taken 5 years ago at Minecon – yes, that is right – the conve
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To Declare or Not to Declare a Disability

Joshua, the subject of many blog posts, and driving force behind the building of the Orange Effect Foundation, applied for an internship for next summer. I’m super excited about it, although I think the position is for college students and he is only in high school – but still,
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12 Commonly-Used Speech Therapy Terms

Confused by some of the terminology you hear from your child’s speech language therapist? Thankfully, The Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center breaks down the terminology for us. Take a moment to learn some general terms used by speech language pathologists that will help you d
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Schools and Parents Don’t Always Agree On the Best Route for Kids: What Can You Do?

In this final post in our series, we ask the experts a really tough question and they do not disappoint with their answers. It is important to note in this post that procedures for diagnosing a child as well as getting help in school may vary by state, or in some cases, even by school
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#GivingTuesday – Ways to Give to Fight Speech Disorders

This year the #GivingTuesday movement is expected to deliver almost $500 million in funding to amazing charities all over the world. At Orange Effect Foundation, we’ve been surprised how critical #GivingTuesday has become for our little organization. Even a donation of $50 has a major
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Being Grateful For the Little Things

We at the Orange Effect Foundation find it easy to be grateful. We have over 100 reasons to be thankful. In 2018, we have funded speech therapy for over 100 children across the United States. We are making a difference. We are grateful to all our sponsors who help make this happen. To
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Thanksgiving Speech Therapy Activities

Thanksgiving is almost here! Now is the time to start doing some Thanksgiving speech and language activities with your child to help him/her get ready.  Activity #1: Thanksgiving Taste Test This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving speech and language activities, though maybe that’s bec
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Recipient Spotlight: Anthony

Anthony is a kind, caring teenager who is challenged by autism and stuttering. Fortunately, he discovered FACETime Summer Camp at the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center. This special summer speech camp is designed for older children and younger teens who stutter. Camp provides a sa
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Autism and Speech Devices: Helping Kids Advance Skills As They Mature

We think this article from Autism Speaks about autism and speech generating devices is so valuable, we thought we’d share it with you. —— A parent asks, “Our son is 6 years old, minimally verbal and on the spectrum. We’ve seen him make progress with a speech-generati
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A Serious Speech Therapy Funding Problem (and what we are doing about it)

It’s hard to believe that (with your help) we are funding speech therapy services for over 100 children in 25 states. Now, before we start congratulating ourselves, we have a serious problem. In our last Orange Effect Foundation (OEF) board meeting, we granted just over $50,000 in spe
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