The changes babies and toddlers go through are made up of different skills, like walking and talking. These skills, or developmental milestones, usually happen by certain ages.
Although each child is special and develops at his or her own pace, watching to see when your child reaches these milestones can help you know how your child is developing.
If you have concerns about how your child is growing and learning, talk to your child's doctor, or contact ECI / First Steps Forward Program at 979-821-9478.
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Crystal Galny talks to Jessica Christian with the Early Childhood Intervention program through MHMR about developmental milestones in children and what is typical based on their age.(Full Story)
Crystal Galny talks to Jessica Christian with the Early Childhood Intervention program through MHMR about the program itself and who is eligible to participate in the statewide program.(Full Story)
Crystal Galny talks to Jessica Christian with the Early Childhood Intervention program through MHMR about the program and referring children to determine eligibility and services needed.(Full Story)
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) FAQ
Q: What is Early Childhood Intervention?
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) helps babies and toddlers, ages birth to 3, with disabilities or delays in their development. ECI supports families through education and family services to help their children reach their potential. Families and staff work as a team to develop a plan outlining services for their child and family. Together, they plan appropriate activities. Services are provided in home and community settings and help children learn basic skills as part of their family's daily routine.
There are local Early Childhood Intervention programs all over Texas that help babies and toddlers, ages birth to 3, with disabilities or delays in their development. They help your child during the first three years of life. This help can make a difference.
Q: 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 developmental delay is behind others the same age in one or more of the following areas:
- Cognitive development, or reasoning skills, such as knowing how to search for a lost toy or make a toy move
- Physical development, such as crawling or picking up a small object
- Language or speech, such as talking or communicating with others
- Social or emotional skills, such as playing with toys or adults
- Self-help skills, such as eating, drinking or potty training
A child also is eligible for ECI services if a doctor diagnoses a physical or mental condition that will probably result in developmental delay.
Q: How can ECI help my family?
Early childhood intervention promotes a child's development. Staff from your local ECI program will work with your child and teach your family how to help your child reach his or her potential through education and therapy services.
We know it may be hard for a busy family with many challenges to focus on their child's development. So, ECI coordinates services for the child enrolled in ECI and helps members of the family if it will help the child's development.