Change a Child’s Life

“Change a child’s life.” Those words were the first thing I saw as I dejectedly walked out of the office of my undergraduate thesis advisor. He had just told me my summer research internship was cancelled due to lack of funding. This was going to be a HUGE opportunity for me as I was
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“Apraxia…What is that?”

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder which makes speaking difficult. Generally, kids who are diagnosed with CAS have an understanding of language and what they want to say; however, they have difficulty carrying out the comple
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Leaning into Being Different: How One University Got My Autistic Son’s Attention

My son Joshua recently turned 18 and is now formally applying to colleges and universities. It’s hard to believe. He (and his mother) worked so hard to get him to this point.  I remember when he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age two. The doctor said that Joshua would ne
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Highlighting Orange Effect Kids

As 2019 has come to a close we want to share with you just a few of the amazing kids that we have been able to help because of you.   Liam Age 5 His family’s insurance covers less than two speech therapy visits a month, but 2x/weekly sessions were recommended by his therapis
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Orange Effect Foundation 2019 Grants Exceed $130,000

Communication devices and therapy provided for dozens of children across the United States CLEVELAND – Dec. 17, 2019 – PRLog — The Orange Effect Foundation Board of Directors is proud to announce that in 2019, more than $130,000 was awarded t
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Surrounding Yourself with the Right Stuff (and the Right People) in 2020

The Orange Effect Foundation had an amazing 2019. We added additional board members who brought the group full circle on being able to help with application review, feedback, and fundraising. We had two amazing fundraising events!  Our annual golf outing and a fun night at Platfo
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5 Reasons Why Speech & Language Therapy is Crucial for a Non-Verbal Child

I recently had a conversation with a caseworker regarding individuals who are non-verbal. I asked her if any of the clients in the program receive speech and language services and she responded “Why would someone who is nonverbal need speech and language therapy? They can’t talk!”&nbs
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13th Annual OEF Golf for Autism Amazing Success

It was the first Monday in August, 2007. It turned out to be the hottest day of the year, hitting 96 degrees with 90% humidity. It was also the first ever Golf for Autism, where 88 golfers and dozens of sponsors helped us donate $7,419 to Easter Seals. Now 12 years later, Orange Effec
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The Importance of Speech

I had a wonderful spring break, thanks for asking. This year, we went big. We took the girls to Costa Rica for a whole week. Surfing and boogie boarding, zip lining, beach hikes, horseback riding, the works. Super adventurous? Aside from the anxiety of international travel with two su
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Great Apps to Practice Speech Sounds with Your Tween

Learning and practicing how to correctly produce their “r” or “s” sound is certainly NOT what 8-12-year-olds want to be doing! Most would prefer to be playing video games or riding their bike.  One way to make speech therapy and at-home practice a little easier is to use an app.
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