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

 Photo credit – C. Stanton 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, Jo
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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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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (and Chairs)

I love the theatre. I have learned though, that in order for me to actually go, I need to subscribe and commit to go on a regular basis. Can you relate? I won’t buy one-off tickets even with the best of intentions. Our Playhouse Square in Cleveland has an amazing Broadway Series that
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Walk In Her Shoes

A simple trip to the grocery store with a mom and her child who has autism. Walk in her shoes for just a moment. Have you seen her? Is this you? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below. Source: TODAY Parents
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Orange Effect Foundation Awards Grants to Help 11 Children

The Orange Effect Foundation board is excited to once again award more than $20,000 in grants to children in need during their June board meeting. Now 11 more children across the country will have access to speech therapy, summer speech camp, or even special speech-generating devices
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How Technology is Changing Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and communication skills are integral to independence and well-being. As technology advances, speech therapists are using new and innovative ways to incorporate it into therapy sessions. Read more about three projects that synthesize technological advances and speech therapy. K
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Parents Misread Early Signs of Autism

Many parents in the U.S. know little about autism and some have never heard of the disorder before, finds a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Latinos specifically also tend to normalize autism symptoms or view them as a sign of family problems,
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The Stuff They Don’t Talk About During Autism Awareness Month

I am not sad because my kid has autism. You know what I’m sad about? It’s all the other stuff that comes with the autism that can get bent. The crippling anxiety, the obsessive compulsive disorder, the sensory processing issues, the hyperactivity, and the one that makes li
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