Early Childhood Intervention
The ECI Program provides educational, therapeutic and case management services to children from birth to 3 years of age, using a team approach that includes the family. Because children learn best in their natural environments, services are provided in the home or day care facility. Families learn how to help their children fully participate in their life and routines, such as meals, play activities, and bedtime. Teaching skills as part of family routines gives the family the opportunity to help children practice skills that they will continue to use.
Early childhood intervention services may be provided to children, ages birth to 3, living in Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger, or Young Counties. ECI staff must determine that a child meets eligibility requirements in order to provide early childhood intervention services. Eligibility for ECI services is the same across the state of Texas.
Initial eligibility is established by:
· a medically diagnosed condition that leads to delay, such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, autism or down's syndrome OR
· an auditory or visual impairment as defined by the Texas Education Agency OR
· a developmental delay as determined by our evaluation team of professionals.
ECI Services Are Unique
Parents and professionals work together as a team. Families
know their child best. The team develops a plan for services and assesses the child’s progress.
Services are convenient for families. Services are provided to children and families in familiar and comfortable surroundings where children live, learn and play.
Children learn new skills through everyday activities. Team members from a variety of backgrounds work together to find learning opportunities within the family’s normal routines.
Services are coordinated with others in the community. ECI works with doctors, child care providers, WIC, social services and schools to help improve the lives of children and family. We insure children transition to an appropriate service setting
Families of all income levels receive ECI services. There is no income limit.
ECI understands babies. The ECI program has helped babies and toddlers with delays in development and disabilities for more than 25 years.
ECI professionals have expertise in working with babies, toddlers, and their families. Licensed and/or credentialed specialties include:
· Early Intervention Specialists
· Speech / Language Pathologists
· Occupational Therapists
· Physical Therapists
· Social Workers
· Professional Counselor
· Registered Dietitian
· Hearing and Vision Specialists
Why Choose Us?
Babies are unique little individuals. Some children may grow and develop new skills at a slower rate than other children their age. By getting help early, you can begin to help your child develop in ways that are appropriate for him or her. Studies show that early intervention provides immediate and long-term benefits for families and children.
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