Happy Birthday, Pam!

Today is Pam Kozelka‘s birthday, and we all know that Pam, our executive director, will say “no gifts, no gifts!” So instead, we’d love for you to help us celebrate Pam by supporting our foundation. Here are two ways you could help: 1. Donate! No donation is to
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Lend Your Voice: What Are Your Experiences With Insurance and Apraxia?

Many health insurers state that apraxia of speech is a developmental delay and should not be reimbursed. However, the consensus among therapists and physicians is that apraxia of speech is a neurological disorder for which therapy is essential. What do you think? Does your health insu
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How Technology is Changing Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and communication skills are integral to independence and well-being. As technology advances, speech therapists are using new and innovative ways to incorporate it into therapy sessions. Read more about three projects that synthesize technological advances and speech therapy. K
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Toddlers’ Screen Time Linked to Slower Speech Development, Study Finds

Hand-held screens might delay a child’s ability to form words, based on new research presented at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco. This preliminary study is the first to show how mobile devices impact speech development in children, raising a question
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What About Your Special Needs? Self-Care for Parents of Children With Special Needs

5 Methods of Self-Care to Help Parents of Special Needs Children Recharge, Reset and Rally  When my daughter was diagnosed with developmental delays, I fell backward into grief, even as I furiously crossed off action items on a to-do list that rarely included self-care. My seemingly u
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Parents Misread Early Signs of Autism

Many parents in the U.S. know little about autism and some have never heard of the disorder before, finds a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Latinos specifically also tend to normalize autism symptoms or view them as a sign of family problems,
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The Stuff They Don’t Talk About During Autism Awareness Month

I am not sad because my kid has autism. You know what I’m sad about? It’s all the other stuff that comes with the autism that can get bent. The crippling anxiety, the obsessive compulsive disorder, the sensory processing issues, the hyperactivity, and the one that makes li
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Orange Effect Foundation Awards More Than $20,000 In Grants for Speech Therapy & Devices

CLEVELAND – April 13, 2017 – PRLog — The Orange Effect Foundation continues to change lives. With more than $60,000 awarded for 620 hours of speech therapy and 5 communication devices, 2016 was a very big year for the foundation. However, if the first quarter of 2017
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Spring Break for Families of Children with Autism

Spring break means sun, warmth, and freedom, but for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it could mean unstructured time, regression of skills, and an increase in undesirable behaviors. If you’re the parent of a child with autism, you know that the “break&#
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Books Are Best For Babies

Don’t know what to buy that special little one in your life? New research suggests you should keep it simple and save your money. No need to buy the flashy, expensive toy that’s touted as “educational.” According to the December 23, 2015 online edition of JAMA Pediatrics, researchers
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