How Having a Son With Autism Changed My Life

  Personal insight from an autism professional My son, Sean, was 2 years old when we first noticed something wasn’t quite right. He stopped pointing at things. He lost what little language he had been developing. Looking back, I realize his development hadn’t exactly been “neurot
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2017 OEF Golf for Autism

OEF Golf for Autism Announced for August 7th (Save the Date) The Orange Effect Foundation has one goal – to make sure those children who need speech therapy services get the funds or technology they need…to reach their full potential. For many families around the world, insurance or g
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Children of Color with Autism Face Disparities

African-American children are often diagnosed with autism at older ages than white children, missing years of potential intervention and treatment. Special correspondent John Donvan and producer Karen Zucker meet a black family who struggled to find community and resources for their s
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App Gives Autistic Teen a Voice

Did you know that an I-Pad app can provide a voice for someone who has difficulty communicating verbally? One specific augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app enables users to modify and personalize it for specific situations, such as ordering lunch at a local sub shop. W
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Choosing Gifts for Autistic Children

Selecting the perfect gifts for loved ones is difficult, but selecting the perfect present for an autistic child poses a particular set of challenges. One father has taken the time to compile a set of great gift ideas that may help you when choosing the perfect gift for the young boy
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Thanksgiving and Autism: Coping with the Chaos of the Annual Feast

  Thanksgiving Day can be a true ordeal for a child with autism and their parents. Visiting relatives’ homes, or hosting a multitude of guests may be a challenge for most of us, but for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their parents, the added stress can be
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Using Shakespeare for Intervention

Study: Shakespeare Play Helps Children With Autism Communicate Researchers say social interaction, language and facial expression skills improve COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new study showed improvement in the social and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using
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Making Halloween a Treat for Children With Autism

  Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Autism Treatment Network site partnered wi
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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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