What a Parent Needs to Know About ECI
Services are convenient for families.
ECI services are meant to be convenient for families and are provided to children and families in familiar and comfortable surroundings where children can be themselves. This could be at home, at daycare, at grandma and grandpa's house, or even a restaurant if your child is having behavior problems in public.
Families of all income levels receive ECI services
There is no income limit. You do not have to receive Medicaid to be eligible for services. No family is turned away because of an inability to pay. Please see the Family Cost Share Brochure for more information.
Anyone can refer a child to ECI
Anyone who has a concern about a child's development can make a referral to ECI. A child is not required to have a medical diagnosis or physicians order to be referred. The earlier babies and toddlers receive intervention the easier it is for them to catch up.
Parents and professionals work together as a team.
ECI acknowledges that families know their children best. The family is the most important part of the ECI team! Working directly with pediatric therapists and developmental specialists, parents can learn how to continue to work with their child on their own between ECI visits. Initially, the team will evaluate your child and together you will develop a plan for services and continue to assess your child's progress on a regular basis.
Children learn through play and everyday activities.
Therapy doesn't have to hurt to work! Babies and toddlers learn through play. ECI team members, to include the family, work together to find learning opportunities within the family's daily routines such as bath time, meal time, and bed time to work on skills that will help their child's development. In this way, children receive therapy multiple times a day when families are actively working with their children between visits performing daily activities they would already be doing as a family.
The goal of early intervention is to help children reach their full potential so they no longer need ECI services.
When your child is developing appropriately for his/her age, or turns three years old, they are no longer eligible for services. Planning for this transition is an important service that ECI provides. ECI professionals will help you to transition your child into other services as needed before they turn three years old.
You never have to leave your child alone for therapy with ECI.
Children never have to be separated from their parents or caregivers to receive ECI services. We want families to be included in all therapy and intervention so they can learn helpful techniques to help their child too. Babies and toddlers are very attached at this age to their caregiver and learn best from people they already know.