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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A Look Back at Autism: Denial

Summer of 2003. I remember it very well. I was a stay-at-home mom and the happiest one that there ever was. I had two boys, 22 months and 4 months old. We attended library story time and play groups. We went to the park where Joshua, the oldest, could swing for hours. We were an activ
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Using a Tablet to Communicate

As part of our mission to empower children and young adults with speech disorders, the Orange Effect Foundation funds augmentative and alternative communication. For some, this is a Dynavox communication device. For others, it is simply a tablet loaded with communication applications.
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10 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate Pam Kozelka and Help the Orange Effect Foundation

Today, June 8, is the birthday of Orange Effect Foundation founder and executive director, Pam Kozelka. In honor of Pam, here are 10 wonderful ways to help the Orange Effect Foundation continue to help others. 1. Like the Orange Effect Foundation on Facebook. 2. Follow the Orange Effe
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