I Saw the Signs…

People often ask, and I have countlessly asked myself, if there were early signs that my son, Joshua, was on the autism spectrum. Almost since birth, Joshua was an arm flapper. That was probably one of the most outwardly visible signs looking back. Predominantly when he was excited he
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Easing a Stutter

  Did you know that when people who stutter speak the same material in unison with another speaker, they become more fluent and speak more clearly? This is called the choral effect. In 2016, the Orange Effect Foundation funded a device to assist a teen who has a severe stutter. T
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Using AAC in the Classroom

Stephanie Taymuree has witnessed huge advances in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) during her nearly 40 years as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and special educator, and her implementation of AAC technology in the classroom is unrivaled. But she still finds it thr
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App Gives Autistic Teen a Voice

Did you know that an I-Pad app can provide a voice for someone who has difficulty communicating verbally? One specific augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app enables users to modify and personalize it for specific situations, such as ordering lunch at a local sub shop. W
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Using Animals to Assist With Speech Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy has been gaining strength in popularity and recognition as an effective part of a therapy regime for children who have a wide range of social, language and communication disorders. Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is defined by The American Humane Society as: “a g
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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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