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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Making Halloween a Treat for Children With Autism

  Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Autism Treatment Network site partnered wi
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Using Technology to Speak Her Mind

Did you know that the Orange Effect Foundation funds augmentative and alternative communication devices? These are designed for individuals who are unable to communicate verbally. Augmentative and alternative communication devices are essential to helping people express their wants an
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A Look Back at Autism: Denial, Part 2

At the end of part one of this series, I said no more denial for this family.  That is mostly true and we began home based therapy for our son pretty quickly after his diagnosis, but it was still hard to talk about.  I noticed it in interviews, and in training sessions with tutors tha
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Orange Effect Foundation Empowers Children and Young Adults

CLEVELAND – Oct. 3, 2016 — Strengthened by the tremendously successful annual Golf for Autism event held in August, the Orange Effect Foundation announced today that it has awarded five grants for speech therapy and assistive technology. These grants will empower five more
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A Look Back at Autism: Denial

Summer of 2003. I remember it very well. I was a stay-at-home mom and the happiest one that there ever was. I had two boys, 22 months and 4 months old. We attended library story time and play groups. We went to the park where Joshua, the oldest, could swing for hours. We were an activ
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