Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) provides services for infants, birth to three, with developmental disabilities or delays and their families. Children grow, learn, and develop a lot during their first three years. Although each child is special and grows and learns at his or her own pace, some children need extra help. This extra help is called early childhood intervention.
Anyone may make a referral.
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to make a referral or for more information.
What are the benefits? Research shows that growth and development are most rapid in the early years of life. The earlier problems are identified, the greater the chance of eliminating or minimizing them. Early intervention responds to the critical needs of children and families by:
- Promoting development and learning
- Providing support to families
- Coordinating services
- Decreasing need for costly special program
401 East Illinois, Suite 108
Midland, TX 79701
1012 West MacArthur
Odessa, TX 79763
301 East 5th Street
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
What is developmental delay? The changes babies and toddlers go through are made up of different skills such as walking and talking. These skills, or developmental milestones, usually happen by certain ages. A child with a developmental delay is behind other children the same age in one or more of the following areas: cognitive development, physical development, language/speech, social or emotional skills or self help skills.
How will I know if my child needs ECI services? A team will evaluate your child. The team will include you and ECI staff with different professional backgrounds such as education, physical therapy, or speech therapy. Together you will look at your child's strengths and needs. The team will decide if your child is eligible for services.
PBCC Executive Director
Director of ECI Services
ECI Program Coordinator
DARS Inquiries Line: 1-800-628-5115
- Early identification, screening, and assessment - identifying a child's strengths and developmental needs, and family concerns
- Assistive technology - services and equipment, including adaptive assistive devices, designed or altered for special use by children with developmental delays
- Audiology and vision services - testing a child's hearing and vision and making referrals for further services, as needed
- Family counseling and education - guiding and teaching the family about the delay and ways to help the child
- Occupational, physical, and speech/language therapy - helping children learn skills needed for play and daily living, identifying and preventing or reducing movement disabilities, helping the child understand language or learn to communicate, and designing and providing adaptive and assistive devices
- Services coordination - working with the family to support the child's development and to arrange for services in and outside of PBCC
- Developmental rehabilitation - medically necessary services that build skills in motor, language, adaptive, cognitive, social, emotional, and sensory areas
Funded by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
A program of Permian Basin Community Centers
ECI determines eligibility for children under three based on:
- Developmental Delay Children with delays in one or more areas of development (cognitive, motor, communication, social-emotional, or self-help skills).
- Atypical Development Children who perform within their appropriate age range on test instruments, but whose patterns of development are different from their peers.
- Medically Diagnosed Condition Children who have a medically diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay. How much does ECI cost? ECI services are provided on a sliding scale, based on your ability to pay.