What is Mary’s Circle? 

Mary’s Circle is a WNC community cares project. 

It is custom designed and aligned with national support initiatives for children with special needs.  


The mission of Mary’s Circle is to provide specific essentials that ensure services and conditions most conducive to positive outcomes for children with special needs and their families. 

 

 

You Can Change the Life of a Child

The research and evidence is clear that there are great reasons and an undeniable urgency to support children with special needs.  This effort is a time sensitive matter as the first 5 years of life are the most critical for children - but especially those with special needs.  

The facts show that with early intervention a child’s life can dramatically be changed forever.  

 

Social, health and safety, housing, and developmental issues are concerns that are real for parents of children with special needs.  Financial assistance and community care support, help to overcome these concerns to ensure services and conditions most conducive to positive outcomes for these precious children and their families.  

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THE RESEARCH SAYS IT ALL

 

EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY AND WHY

Early intervention:

  • applies to children of school age or younger who are discovered to have or be at risk of developing a handicapping condition or other special need that may affect their development

  • consists in the provision of services such children and their families for the purpose of lessening the effects of the condition

  • can be remedial or preventive in nature--remediating existing developmental problems or preventing their occurrence

  • may focus on the child alone or on the child and the family together

  • programs may be center-based, home-based, hospital-based, or a combination

  • may begin at any time between birth and school age; however, there are many reasons for it to begin as early as possible

SCHOOL AND SOCIAL DEVEOLOPMENT BENEFITS

Benefits of the child's development are:

  • needing fewer special education and other rehabilitative services later in life

  • being retained in grade less often

  • in some cases being indistinguishable from non-handicapped classmates years after intervention

WE MUST SUPPORT THE PARENTS TOO

Needed support and assistance for the family:  

  • strengthens the parent's ability to implement the child's program at home

  • reduces stress that facilitates the health of the family

  • maximizes the child's and family's benefit to society

 

Source: US Department of Education

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