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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Part C; Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services

ECI provides evaluations, at no cost to families, to determine eligibility and the need for services.  Families and professionals work together as a team to plan appropriate services based on the unique strengths and needs of the child and family.   Services are provided in the home and in community settings such as child care facilities, play groups, and Mothers' Day Out programs. 

Services can include:
  • Assistive Technology: Services & Devices
  • Audiology
  • Developmental Services
  • Early Identification, Screening & Assessment
  • Family Counseling
  • Family Education
  • Medical Services (diagnostic or evaluation services used to determine eligibility)
  • Nursing Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Service Coordination
  • Social Work Services
  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • Vision Services
The following services are provided at no cost, regardless of income:
  • Evaluation/Assessment
  • Development of the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Service coordination
  • Translation and interpretation services, if needed
  • Services for children with auditory and visual impairments who are eligible for services from ECI and local school districts
  • Services for children in foster care or in conservatorship of the state
  • Families with children enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, or whose income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, do not pay for any ECI services. Other families pay a cost share determined by a sliding fee scale based on family size and net income after allowable deductions.
Eligibility:

Income is not a factor in determining eligibility.  ECI determines eligibility for children under age 3 based on:

Developmental delay;  Children who are delayed in one or more of the following areas of development:
  • Cognitive: difficulty with playing, learning and thinking
  • Motor: gross, fine, and
  • Communication: limited understanding or responses in communicating with
  • Social-emotional: attachment problems, limited parent/family interactions or behavior concerns
  • Self-help skills: feeding
Atypical development;  Children who may perform within their appropriate age range on test instruments, but whose patterns of development are different from their peers.
  • Atypical sensory-motor development: muscle tone, reflex or postural reaction responses, oral-motor skills, and sensory integration
  • Atypical language or cognition: state regulation, attention span, perseveration, and information processing
  • Atypical emotional or social patterns: social responsiveness, affective development, attachment patterns, and self-targeted behaviors
Medically diagnosed condition;  Children who have a medically diagnosed condition with a high probability of developmental delay are automatically eligible for ECI services.
  • Review list of medical diagnoses
  • Children with auditory and/or vision concerns should be referred for eligibility determination.
Contact:
Early Childhood Intervention Services at (800) 250-2246
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/