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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To the Family Just Starting Out With An Apraxia Diagnosis

To the family just starting out with an apraxia diagnosis … breathe. I know it’s hard because I’ve been there. Try not to let your thoughts and fears consume you; remember your child is still your child despite the diagnosis. Many people are unaware of apraxia, which is a neurological
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How Having a Son With Autism Changed My Life

  Personal insight from an autism professional My son, Sean, was 2 years old when we first noticed something wasn’t quite right. He stopped pointing at things. He lost what little language he had been developing. Looking back, I realize his development hadn’t exactly been “neurot
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2017 OEF Golf for Autism

OEF Golf for Autism Announced for August 7th (Save the Date) The Orange Effect Foundation has one goal – to make sure those children who need speech therapy services get the funds or technology they need…to reach their full potential. For many families around the world, insurance or g
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