Parents of special-needs child focus on achievements | SouthCoastToday.com:
"Providing early intervention for children with special needs is vitally important to their development. That intervention might include family-centered involvement with physical, occupational and speech therapy and the advice of a medical specialist, genetic counselor or educational psychologist. Many services are mandated by federal law and can help families lessen the impact of a child's disability.
'Research has shown that providing intensive services at the earliest age possible can offset the effects of disabilities,' says Christine Riley, an education advocate for Cape Cod and the Islands. 'The earlier the child is exposed to services, the less the chance that the disability will impact their education and their generalized functioning.'"