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ARC of Oswego Hosts Holiday Party for Special Needs Children

Submitted by ARC of Oswego County

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Aubrey Loomis seems much more interested in Santa himself – and his beard – than her Christmas present.

Recently, the Early Intervention department at ARC of Oswego County hosted a special holiday party for the children in the program, along with their families.

Approximately 40 children gathered at the Fulton Moose Lodge to play games, enjoy snacks, and do holiday craft projects.  The afternoon was topped off by the arrival of Santa, who brought presents for all the children.  Many of the presents were donated by staff at ARC of Oswego County and its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., to assist families in need.

For the Hall brothers, meeting Santa up close and personal was a magical experience.
For the Hall brothers, meeting Santa up close and personal was a magical experience.

The Early Intervention program works with infants and toddlers who have been diagnosed with, or suspected of, developmental delays.  Therapists and teachers in the program visit children in the family’s home and teach parents and siblings how to help their child learn and grow through play.  If a child with a developmental disability is reached before the age of 3 with appropriate services, that child will need half the services over the course of their lifetime as a similar child who does not receive services.  ARC of Oswego County is a private nonprofit agency which has been providing services to individuals with disabilities since 1955.