How Do I Know if My Child Has Autism?

The short answer from a behavioral psychologist Q: How do I know if my child has autism? A: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder. We diagnose it by identifying deficits in two primary areas: Socio-communication, which includes deficits in communication as we
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The Future of Digital Voices

The Future Of Digital Voices 46% of Americans use digital voice assistants, allowing them to keep their hands free to talk naturally while typing. It’s a technology that can benefit people with speech impairments, aiding their communication. Speech synthesizer technology has enabled m
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Anticipation: Changing the Way We Think about Stuttering

Many people who stutter are able to identify a moment when they know they are about to trip up on a word or phrase. According to Eric S. Jackson, assistant professor at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, that moment can be characterized as “anticipatio
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AAC Device Guide

Children with severe speech or language disorders may benefit from an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. With so many different types of AAC devices available it can be confusing. Below is a list that will help you learn more. It is by no means exhaustive but wil
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Orange Effect Foundation Announces New Board Members

Cleveland, Ohio- The Orange Effect Foundation (OEF) welcomes two new members to its executive board. Dr. Monica Gordon Pershey, an associate professor at Cleveland State University and Craig Coffey, director of marketing communications at Lincoln Electric will help OEF continue its mi
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Gift Guide for Children Who Struggle

  Thank you to Connecting for Kids for creating and sharing this wonderful resource! Many families whose children struggle face difficulties in suggesting or choosing gifts for their child. To help out this year, we asked Connecting for Kids families for their favorite gift ideas
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Autism, Speech Therapy and Minecraft

Today a photo popped up in my Facebook memories that actually caused me to have a true emotional gasp! Look at the big genuine smile on those boys! That’s Adam on the left, and Joshua on the right. The photo was taken 5 years ago at Minecon – yes, that is right – the conve
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To Declare or Not to Declare a Disability

Joshua, the subject of many blog posts, and driving force behind the building of the Orange Effect Foundation, applied for an internship for next summer. I’m super excited about it, although I think the position is for college students and he is only in high school – but still,
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12 Commonly-Used Speech Therapy Terms

Confused by some of the terminology you hear from your child’s speech language therapist? Thankfully, The Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center breaks down the terminology for us. Take a moment to learn some general terms used by speech language pathologists that will help you d
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Schools and Parents Don’t Always Agree On the Best Route for Kids: What Can You Do?

In this final post in our series, we ask the experts a really tough question and they do not disappoint with their answers. It is important to note in this post that procedures for diagnosing a child as well as getting help in school may vary by state, or in some cases, even by school
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