Change and the Autistic Teenager

When my son Joshua was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two, I read every book I could get my hands on… (the internet wasn’t quite that big of a thing yet for resources). One of the things I read was that some Autistic teens get moody, even aggressive, as they start having hormonal
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Making An Impact

Communication is critical in my line of work. If you know me, you might think that’s just because I’m in marketing. But really, what career today can you succeed without the ability to communicate? Manufacturers, hair stylists, programmers, lawyers, bus drivers, doctors, e
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To Siri, With Love

How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri In this New York Times article, Judith Newman contemplates the relationship between Siri and her son with autism. She wonders whether Siri’s “soothing voice and puckish humor” make her more worthy of his care
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The Orange Effect Foundation Makes The Season Brighter For Children With Speech Disorders

The holiday season glowed brighter for the 19 families that received Orange Effect Foundation grants in December 2017. Following a thorough review process, more than $56,000 was awarded to families in need to fund speech therapy and to purchase speech technology. Grants were awarded t
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Making the Best Investments for Your Child

From autism to stutters, there are many reasons why children experience speech difficulties. Support can come in many forms too, from grant-funded speech-easy devices to high-tech speech therapy innovations, but without a solid financial plan in place it can be difficult to cover the
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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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