The Importance of Teaching Responsibility to Children Living with Speech Difficulties

Speech and language problems are commonplace in the approximately 1.5 million children in the USA that are on the autism spectrum according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As parents, we inherently want what is best for our children, which includes teachi
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Spring Break Speech and Language Opportunities

As spring break approaches, parents frequently ask what they can do on their various trips so their children don’t fall behind and they can help maintain progress in speech. Without their house full of toys, they are often at a loss on how to play and incorporate speech and language p
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Orange Effect Foundation Awards $50,000 to Kids in Need

CLEVELAND – April 8, 2019 – PRLog — The Orange Effect Foundation (OEF) is proud to announce that more than $50,000 in grants was awarded to children in need during the first quarter 2019 grant cycle. Grants awarded nationwide will pay for sum
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Do You Have Any Regrets? My Story With an Autistic Son.

I love connecting with parents. I have a soft spot for parents who recently had a child diagnosed with a special need. I tell them to focus on the special, and not on the need.   The question I get asked the most is if I have any regrets, or anything I would do differently. I kno
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An Open Letter To My Child’s Speech Therapist

Dear Speech Therapist, You met my daughter, a little pixie of a girl, almost four years ago. She had round cheeks and two tiny, wispy pigtails that you tell me you remember like it was yesterday. Although my little girl had recently turned three years old, she had less than 25 words i
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The Orange Effect Foundation is Expanding!

As we begin our fourth year of independent operations, we are overwhelmed by the need for speech therapy and speech generating devices. Research shows that children with any speech delay or disorder have a higher chance of success with early intervention. Yet, every day we see childre
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Can You Understand Your Child’s Speech?

It’s common for most children to make some mistakes as they learn to say new words. Different sounds are mastered at different ages. Consistent, correct sound production will vary from child to child. When mistakes continue past a certain age, that’s when it’s considered a
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Orange Effect Golf for Autism

I’m beyond excited to announce the 13th Annual Orange Effect Foundation (OEF) Golf for Autism on August 5, 2019 at Elyria Country Club in Elyria, Ohio.  The Golf for Autism is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Over the past dozen years, people like you have helped us raise over a qu
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Exciting Developments in Accessibility Technology for People with Speech Impairments

In the United States, 20-30% of children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are unable to communicate their wants, needs and thoughts verbally according to the Center of Disease Control (CDC). Smart tech can help these children become more independent at home a
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Help! My Child Isn’t Motivated for Speech Therapy!

I reached out to two speech therapists to get their feedback on why a child might not be motivated for speech therapy.
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