As we mentioned in last week’s update, early intervention can, in some cases, lessen the impact of more serious disabilities. For example, studies have shown that early interventions can help children with mild to profound hearing loss improve their vocabulary skills and speech production (see the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center-NECTAC-for details). Intervention can also help children with autism spectrum disorder. The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri-Columbia has made a huge difference in the lives of children and their families. Watch this moving video of Delaney’s story.