Understanding Apraxia of Speech

The Orange Effect Foundation recently funded sign language education for a child diagnosed with Developmental Apraxia of Speech. Apraxia is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is not due to weakness or paral
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Heroes Among Us – Special Needs Dads

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.     –Jim Valvano   As we take time this weekend to honor the fathers, grandfathers and wonderful male role models in our lives, let’s take a moment to recognize the one particular
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10 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate Pam Kozelka and Help the Orange Effect Foundation

Today, June 8, is the birthday of Orange Effect Foundation founder and executive director, Pam Kozelka. In honor of Pam, here are 10 wonderful ways to help the Orange Effect Foundation continue to help others. 1. Like the Orange Effect Foundation on Facebook. 2. Follow the Orange Effe
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10 Tips to Boost Speech and Language in Your Toddler

My daughter G is delayed in her speech as she is Globally Developmentally Delayed. She started walking a month before she turned three years old and that took a massive amount of intense physiotherapy to get her to that point. When she began walking it was like a dream had come true.
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Stimulating Speech With Toys

Looking to stimulate speech with your child through play? Here are some great toys for stimulating play, language, and social skills. Bildopolis Made from 40% recycled-content cardboard, this kit can transform durable cardboard into a 3D rocket ship, castle or another favorite creatio
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Providing a Voice

The Orange Effect Foundation empowers children and young adults to communicate effectively. Recently, the Orange Effect Foundation helped a child find his voice by funding a communication device called the Dynavox T-10. Take a look at how this device and other augmented and alternativ
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Special Needs Apps Guide

Speaking, listening, and communicating are essential for school and social life, but many kids struggle to master these skills. For kids with challenges such as speech and language impairments, communication can be particularly difficult. Apps are one way for children to practice spee
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Building Speech Through Books

Do you know that reading repetitive books with infants and toddlers builds language development? Repetitive books are also essential tools for helping children with speech disorders. “Do you like my hat? I do not like that hat.” The Child Apraxia of Speech Association of N
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Does Your Child Need a Speech Evaluation?

If you’re like many parents, you own a parenting book or two (or three!) that carefully describes important developmental milestones in your child’s life. Using these as a guide, you anticipate your baby’s first smile, first steps, first word. While so many of these
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How Can You Describe the Importance of Communication?

Some of us are shy or introverted, so you won’t see us giving a speech in front of a group, or leading discussions in a group setting.  But we can still communicate.  We understand what other people are saying to us.  We can physically hear them.  We can then reply, whether that
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