Early Intervention Key For Children At Risk For Developmental Disabilities

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A program called Special Beginnings is tackling the challenge of early intervention for children with autism and other special needs.

It’s a special moment when Lupe Casiano watches her 2-year-old son Hugo interact, socialize and even laugh.

“Hugo means everything,” Casiano says. “He is very sweet, he pays attention. What can I say? He’s my son.”

But Hugo has many challenges other toddlers don’t. Born premature, he was not reaching milestones most other kids his age usually do.

“He couldn’t sit…he was very selfish, he didn’t share,” Casiano said. “He was not very social with people.

She was referred to Special Beginnings, an early intervention program for children ages 0 to 3. All are diagnosed or at risk for developmental disabilities.

Penny Amic is the founder of the program and has been working with Hugo for more than a year. She has 30 years of experience…

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