Back to School Speech Therapy Tips for Parents

Summer is coming to an end, and a new school year is right around the corner! To help your child start the year off right try using these tips: Prepare: As your child gets ready to head back to school it is a great time to help prepare him or her for what to expect. Writing a social s
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Does Sucking on a Pacifier Harm Speech Development?

There is not a clear-cut answer to this question. While the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association takes the position that overuse of pacifiers can negatively impact speech development, results of studies investigating this question have yielded mixed results when comparing the
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Joshua Pulizzi Gives 10th Annual Speech to Golf Outing Attendees

Joshua Pulizzi, son of Orange Effect Foundation founders, Joe and Pam Pulizzi, has addressed the attendees at every annual golf outing since they began in 2006. Good evening, and thank you for coming out here to support Autism tonight. My name is Joshua Pulizzi. Most children start ta
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Finding the Right Words

The Orange Effect Foundation supports early speech therapy—and for one family, helps a child find words to express her delight. At 2 years old, Bridey loves to paint and get messy playing outside. Her mom describes her as a free spirit with lots of love and affection to spread around
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Learning About Speech Production

What is the typical progression for learning to produce the speech sounds? Children begin developing speech as an infant. By 6 months of age, babies coo and play with their voices producing sounds such as “oo, uh, mm, da, and goo.” Children learn speech by imitating the so
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Transforming Speech Therapy With New Treatments

By Melissa Pandika Whenever Matt Maxion approached the counter at McDonald’s, he wanted nothing more than to order chicken nuggets. But the bespectacled 7-year-old knew what would happen when he reached the “n” in “nuggets”: the tremulous, uncontrollable stutter that sometimes made hi
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Orange Effect Foundation Awards New Grants That Will Impact Lives Nationwide

Cleveland, Ohio – The Orange Effect Foundation is pleased to announce it awarded eight more grants that will impact the lives of children and young adults with speech disorders in New Jersey, Texas and Ohio. The Cleveland-based nonprofit just awarded $15,000 in grants for speech thera
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Using a Tablet to Communicate

As part of our mission to empower children and young adults with speech disorders, the Orange Effect Foundation funds augmentative and alternative communication. For some, this is a Dynavox communication device. For others, it is simply a tablet loaded with communication applications.
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Super Summertime Speech-Building Activities

Summer is here and if you don’t have your speech and language materials ready, now is the time to do it. Some children start summer speech services in July, while others might go year-round. It is important to take advantage of the “summer theme” because it helps to build new vo
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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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