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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Registration Now Open for 10th Annual Golf Outing!

THE 10th ANNUAL ORANGE EFFECT GOLF FOR AUTISM August 8, 2016 Elyria Country Club 12:00 pm Shotgun Start $150 per golfer Includes 18 holes of golf with beverage cart cooler, lunch, dinner, gift bag, prizes, raffle, and drinks. ($200 per golfer after July 15) Open to 120 Golfers All fun
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Orange Effect Foundation Awards Two New Grants!

CLEVELAND–The Orange Effect Foundation announced today, following a quarterly board meeting, that it has awarded grants to fund essential speech therapy to two applicants in Northeast Ohio. The recipients are both under the age of five. The Orange Effect Foundation recognizes th
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“You’re Going to End Up Alone, Probably in a Jail Cell, and it’s All Your Fault.” Part 2

  Part 2 of the story of one father’s journey to reach an appropriate diagnosis for his son. Ages 11-12 By the time TQ turned 11, his academic progress had ceased. My wife valiantly kept trying, she wasn’t about to throw in the towel yet. But he just wasn’t retaining anything lo
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“You’re Going to End Up Alone, Probably in a Jail Cell, and it’s All Your Fault.”

I clearly remember saying those exact words to my then-11-year-old son who I’ll call TQ. Cruel? Absolutely. Disgusting even? For a father to say something like that to his pre-adolescent son while they sit together in the car in a Wal-Mart parking lot… it’s unconscionable. You’re righ
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The Power to Communicate

The Power to Communicate In addition to speech therapy, the Orange Effect Foundation funds Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. These extraordinary devices give nonverbal individuals the power to communicate. Watch this video to see how one device, the Dynavox T-1
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Giving Wisely

Ten Things to Consider When Deciding Where to Donate Chances are you’ve had someone reach out and pull you up when you were down at some point in your life. That hand up helped set you on a course that led you to the successful, happy life you lead today.  Now you want to return the f
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