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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Extending Grace

Dear Mamas At Chick-fil-A, To the one I judged. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for not biting my tongue and taking a moment to see past your son’s behavior. I’m sorry I raised my voice when he pushed my son around. As soon as we left that day I knew I was wrong. I asked for forgiveness and pray
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Getting the Most Out of Your Child’s Speech Therapy

Learn how to get the most out of your child’s speech therapy sessions.  Whether you are new to therapy or your child has attended many sessions, this podcast will discuss what you can expect and how to build upon sessions for practice at home. Certified speech language therapist
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Seeing Orange!

We’re seeing oceans of orange and it’s beautiful! The Orange Effect Foundation is thrilled to be here at Content Marketing World 2016, the world’s largest content marketing event. With over 3,500 delegates from 74 countries in attendance, the word is quickly getting 
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Meet ROTUS, The White House’s First Deaf Receptionist

The Orange Effect Foundation recently funded sign language therapy for a hearing impaired young girl and her family. We hope that by empowering her communication, this child is able to set her sights high. Hearing impairments should not hold any one back. Come along with Leah Katz-Her
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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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