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WHY IS THERE NO SCIENTIFIC DATA SUPPORTING EARLY INTERVENTION?

Two area physicians and a University at Buffalo professor have raised serious questions about the effectiveness of the Niagara County Early Intervention Program.

Sherri Kaminski, an official at Niagara County's largest early intervention provider, implied in a recent News article that parent satisfaction is a direct measure of the program's effectiveness. Indeed, several submissions to this column have been from parents expressing satisfaction with and support for the program.

So here is the mystery: If the program is as effective as a number of the consumers and providers of the program indicate, then why do the proponents not cite specific relevant scientifically controlled outcome research to support their position?

Such supportive research should certainly be plentiful if the program is as effective as proponents claim, since early intervention is not a new concept. I do not accept the view that something is valid simply because someone says it is, especially when it directly impacts the well being of children. Where is the unbiased scientific data supporting this program?

Laurence Tosetto

Clarence

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