Speech Pathologist Knows Firsthand About Difficulties

BY HEATHER DEROSA As Jessica Clark was learning to talk, her brain would send a message to her mouth to speak, but all that would come out were grunts. When her parents took her to speech therapy and began treatment for speech apraxia, they were told their daughter would always be an
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Thank You for Empowering Children and Young Adults This Year!

  2016 has been an exciting year for the Orange Effect Foundation. We awarded our first grants just in time for Christmas 2015 and haven’t looked back! Empowering children and young adults with speech disorders, these grants change lives. Because of our wonderful supporters, this
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Gifts That Give Twice

Wouldn’t be wonderful to give a gift that gives twice this holiday season? If you’re searching for the perfect gifts to give, please consider supporting one of these wonderful artists and entrepreneurs who just so happen to be physically or developmentally challenged. You
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Holiday Acts of Kindness For Special Needs Families

Families with special needs children face unique challenges that often make celebrating the holiday season more demanding and more stressful. For example, special needs may find it difficult to accomplish holiday tasks such as Christmas shopping while maintaining the care level requir
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Choosing Gifts for Autistic Children

Selecting the perfect gifts for loved ones is difficult, but selecting the perfect present for an autistic child poses a particular set of challenges. One father has taken the time to compile a set of great gift ideas that may help you when choosing the perfect gift for the young boy
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Why I’m Donating to The Orange Effect Foundation on #GivingTuesday By Cathy McPhillips

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Three days focused on the sole purpose of spending money on STUFF. (Even though I’m totally crazy about Small Business Saturday!) But really, how much stuff do we need? I remember the days growing up with my big family and running d
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In Thanksgiving

Thank you for helping us to help others. Your donations deliver speech services and technology to those in need. To apply for a grant or to make a donation, please visit www.theorangeeffect.org
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Thanksgiving and Autism: Coping with the Chaos of the Annual Feast

  Thanksgiving Day can be a true ordeal for a child with autism and their parents. Visiting relatives’ homes, or hosting a multitude of guests may be a challenge for most of us, but for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their parents, the added stress can be
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From Stutterer to Star: James Earl Jones

The Orange Effect Foundation recently funded a device to assist a young man who struggles with stuttering. Although there is no cure for stuttering, techniques, training and devices can help an individual overcome this. Actor James Earl Jones, whom some may know as the voice of Darth
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Using Shakespeare for Intervention

Study: Shakespeare Play Helps Children With Autism Communicate Researchers say social interaction, language and facial expression skills improve COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new study showed improvement in the social and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using
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