5 Things That Made Holidays Hard For My Autistic Son

As the holidays approach, I reflect on how tricky they were for my son Joshua.  There are a number of things going on at one time, which often challenge an Autistic child, regardless of where they are on the spectrum.  By no means did we ever expect our family and friends to cater to
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For Girls With Autism, Differences Matter

When you think of “autism,” does a male child come to mind? It’s understandable if you answer “yes.” Past estimates have suggested that for every female on the autism spectrum, there are three to four males. On the high-functioning end of the spectrum, estimates have been even higher
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Believing In Your Gut: A Pam Kozelka Post

Following the post about Joshua and his chairs,  I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me privately to ask for other signs of Autism that I may have seen in Joshua. Generally people are asking because they have concerns about their own children and they are looking for something
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Resources For Improving Lives for Autistic Children and Their Families

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 1 in 45 U.S. children has some form of autism. Services and support for these children and their families can have a very positive impact for both. Here is a list of where you may be able to find assistance. 1. www.autismspeaks.org
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Discussing Your Child’s Autism With a New Teacher

Parents of children with Autism face special challenges as Autism comes in many forms and no two cases are alike. Many children who have high-functioning Autism are able to attend regular schools, but often times a new school year means that parents need to explain their child’s
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Raising Funds for Those Who Cannot (OEF Golf for Autism Raises Over $30,000)

It’s hard to believe, but this year was our 11th year holding the Orange Effect Foundation Golf for Autism.  This year was our biggest ever, with over 160 golfers participating, and major support from our premier sponsor Petco, and our gold sponsors GIE Media and Aon (as well as a num
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Raising An Autistic Son: Four Things I’d Change

My son is a successful sophomore in high school and I wouldn’t change a single thing about him now. He was diagnosed with Autism at age 2 and received countless hours of speech and occupational therapy to get where we are today. Often as he goes through life’s milestones, I reflect ba
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Life: An Unpredictable Journey

The following is a guest post from 15-year-old Joshua Pulizzi. Joshua is the son of co-founders Pam and Joe, and the inspiration behind the Orange Effect Foundation. At age two, Joshua was diagnosed with Autism. For a high school writing assignment, Joshua wrote a self-comparison to t
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At Airports, Making Travel Easier for Autistic Passengers

For Gearoid Mannion and his wife, Michelle, who live in County Clare, Ireland, air travel with their two autistic sons, Conor, 9, and Darragh, 7, is usually nothing short of a nightmare. The noise level, crowds and announcements at airports overwhelm the boys, and waiting in security
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