Early Childhood Intervention

Research shows that 80% of a child’s development occurs before they reach the age of five. For this reason, it is critical that an infant or toddler, who has been identified with a developmental delay or disability, receives Early Childhood Intervention (ECI).  Our ECI program provides teams of specialists including Speech Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Dietitians, and Early Intervention Specialists to work with children with developmental disabilities and delays in the following areas:  Northwest Dallas, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Coppell, Irving (north of highway 183) , Denton County, Wise County, and Plano ISD.  Our specialist teams use play and routine-based intervention to provide highly individualized instruction and therapy to children so they can learn motor skills, communication, and independence. The play-based intervention is geared to the child’s developmental stage, and it changes as the child progresses from one developmental stage to the next.

We include parents and caregivers in the sessions to foster a better learning environment for the child and to teach the parents how to continue intervention between sessions. In addition to including parents in the sessions, all intervention is conducted in the child’s home or daycare facility – locations that are familiar to the child and prove to be the most effective environments in which to help children learn, play and grow. We also offer some group services in community settings.

Our specialists use toys, games, and songs to help the children work on their areas of need. Specialists may use games that require the child to exercise arm and back muscles, thereby strengthening them. They may also use naming games and songs to develop verbal and listening skills. Parents are taught these activities so the child continues to progress between visits.

There are several print materials thathave been developed by the State ECI Office and by ECI of LaunchAbility®. Click here for the Materials Order Form.

Programming is funded through the United Way and community contributions. With permission, LaunchAbility bills families' private insurance, Medicaid, or CHIP. Families may also pay a portion of the costs of the services, through Family Cost Share. Find out more about Family Cost Share here.

Link to: DARS Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services or call the DARS Inquires Line at 1-800-628-5115.

To refer a child online click here.

The LaunchAbility ECI program is an Affiliate of Texas Early Childhood Intervention.

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