Living on the Spectrum and on Sesame Street

Julia, a Muppet with autism, was welcomed to Sesame Street in April 2017. She’s an old friend of Elmo’s but a new addition to the neighborhood. Watch the clip below to see her debut. For more information about why Sesame Street team created a character with autism, be sure
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The Season of Giving

The Season of Giving. We all know the phrase and hear it regularly throughout November and December every year. A cursory search for its origins turns up speculation, at best. But its meaning is implicitly understood – the end of the calendar year is marked by holiday celebrations whi
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Happy Holidays From the Orange Effect Foundation

Sharing the Christmas message from this special needs family that things get better, there is hope, and children do adapt. Happy Holidays from the Orange Effect Foundation!  
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Find the Perfect Gift With These Special Needs Gift Guides

If you won’t be caught within 1,000 feet of a mall this time of year, you’ll probably be doing a lot of online shopping, and scouring for those specialty items your child might enjoy. This online gift guide is just what you need to find the perfect toy or therapy item for a special ne
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The Battle For Insurance Coverage–We Won!

Let me just start by saying that this blog post is not to bash our insurance company. In fact, you will rarely hear me speak in a negative way about our insurance company because of the incredible coverage that we have and the benefits that our company provides. I have learned that mo
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Recipient Spotlight: Maya

Maya has a severe phonological processes disorder. At age 4, she could only make vowel sounds and not a single consonant sound. Because of her inability to communicate, she was frustrated and withdrawn. Lacking insurance coverage for speech therapy, two years of twice-weekly sessions
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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5 Things That Made Holidays Hard For My Autistic Son

As the holidays approach, I reflect on how tricky they were for my son Joshua.  There are a number of things going on at one time, which often challenge an Autistic child, regardless of where they are on the spectrum.  By no means did we ever expect our family and friends to cater to
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For Girls With Autism, Differences Matter

When you think of “autism,” does a male child come to mind? It’s understandable if you answer “yes.” Past estimates have suggested that for every female on the autism spectrum, there are three to four males. On the high-functioning end of the spectrum, estimates have been even higher
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Age-Appropriate Speech and Language Milestones

  The ability to hear is essential for proper speech and language development. Hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately. The following are some age-related guidelines that may help
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