DESPITE intellectual delays and a hearing impairment, Daniel Galea, of Oakhurst, can speak three-word sentences, count to 10 and interacts with other children.
Mum Amanda doesn't know how she would cope if the St Marys-based charity, Nepean Lifestart, didn't exist.
She is helping organise a gala dinner fund-raiser to celebrate a decade in the Nepean of Lifestart supporting children with a disability and their families.
Daniel, 4, and his mum attend Lifestart two days a week for playgroup and group therapy.
When Mrs Galea joined more than two years ago, Lifestart showed her how to communicate with her son using hand signs and visual cards.
"Now Daniel is talking in three-word sentences, which is a huge achievement," Mrs Galea said.
"It was all new to me back then. I hadn't been around special needs children until Daniel came along. I didn't know what to do."
Proceeds from the night will go back to Lifestart to help children with disabilities and delays.
"Funding for music therapy has just ended so it would be great if we could run it for another term."