Getting help for your Child: Early Childhood Intervention Services

Do you suspect your child has a delay or a disability?  Have you talked to your child’s pediatrician about your concerns but to no avail?

I have spoken with many parents who said that their pediatricians told them that nothing was wrong or took a wait and see approach.  In some cases, that’s a good idea but in other cases, interventions are needed sooner than later.  Interventions may come in the form of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and/or behavior modification.  Early intervention is vital because research shows that critical development in a child’s life happens from birth to 36 months.  Early intervention can decrease the need for academic support and related services such as special education.  Children served during this crucial time have a greater chance of achieving lifelong success.

As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else and if you suspect a problem, continue to seek help.  Many parents aren’t aware of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services.  This program is for children and families, birth to 3 years old, with delays and disabilities.  These services are free to families.  You just have to make the call!   Early interventions can make all the difference in the life of your child.

Website: http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/eligibility.shtml