ECI- Early Childhood Intervention
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Jillian - posted on 10/03/2012
My daughter is a 26 week preemie and she is amost 10 months old now and she barely talks and can't crawl so I had her evaluated last week. These two young women came to my house and they asked me questions about the sounds she makes and her physical abilities all the meanwhile they were on the floor with her gauging what she was able to do and what we needed to work on. It was very relaxed and informative. They gave me a lot of tips and things to talk about with my pediatrician. I was scared that something was wrong but given the fact that she was 3 months premature she is doing what a 6 month old would be doing so she didn"t qualify. Had she qualified they would come up with a treatment plan for speech or physical therapy at home and at my convenience but in my state (NJ) we would have had to pay for it but it was on a sliding scale based on our income.
Good luck ! I hope this was informative
Rachel - posted on 10/03/2012
I just called them today about our son we live in VA they work on a fee scale here based on income or go through your insurance they evaluate your child at home make reccomendations witht he input of your peds...I have opted not to do this as it will end up being more pricey for us than using the NICU follow up clinic at the hospital and going through our insurance carrier. But I have heard from other moms that it sometimes takes up to a month or more to get services started through the program after the initial evaluation which could take 2-3 weeks to get as well hope that helps.
Kelly - posted on 09/26/2012
I'm in GA and going thru the process now. My child has significant speech delays and some behavioral issues. Go to your county's public school website and you can find out the process. It's not easy; you have to fill out lots of paperwork and get prelim testing done for vision and hearing, then wait for an appointment for assessment, then go to an eligibility meeting. I started the process in August and didn't get his assessment till sept 5th. I just got his assessment report today, and do not know when the eligibility meetings will be yet.
LeAndria - posted on 09/25/2012
Such a great program. My son had to receive speech therapy as well as vision therapy. He was a little delayed with these things and once we had our specialist come and work with him, he started doing things so much better. The specialist gave us tips and things that we can work on with our son and that definitely helped him as well. If you think anything is going on where your child may need a little extra help, call and ask them. They're great and the program is specifically for helping children. I hope all goes well. :)
CC - posted on 09/12/2012
What is ECI? My 26 month old child is not taking except "MAA", "hat", "Chop"? What should I do, please suggest? Is BERA test sufficient? But how far i know it is for the children who suffered Maninzities. Help!
Kimberly - posted on 09/10/2010
My daughter has been getting PT, OT through ECI since she was 3 months old. They come to the house. They also send out a dietitian once a month to follow her and we are adding Speech. We love them.
Calista - posted on 06/18/2010
In Michigan it is Called Early On. it is a free program for children with a possibilty or actually have learning disabilities. Many preemie children qualify for this program due to the high potential of developmental and physical delay. every few months or as needed they will come to your house and you will go to a designated facility for your childs motor and language skills to be tested. It is seriously Beneficial for your family to invest in this for your child.. it helps.
My Daughter London was born @ 25 weeks gestation and benefits from this type of program
Michelle - posted on 06/12/2010
The most important effect of EI is actually what you learn. The therapists come(say once per week for an hour) and teach your baby and you ways to help him improve. The real benefit is actually what you learn, you see how they are working with the baby to help hi sit up or cruise or form vowel sounds and then you can reinforce everything they were working on all week. Get your baby tested!
Tracy - posted on 06/12/2010
My son has been doing Speech Therapy since January of this year when he was 19 months old. We got a referal done by our Pedi for therapy as his speech is behind, and basically Child Development Services came out evaluated him to make sure that he was indeed in need of the services and then they have helped get us a speech therapist. In 6 months time my son has gone from make minumal sounds to saying ma-ma, da-da, ba-ba, na-na, -og for dog, and a few other things. It's well worth it!
Michelle - posted on 06/09/2010
I've had nothing, but great experiences with them. I first started with them about 7 years ago with my preemie twin boys. Since they were preemies a Home Health Nurse came every so often to check on their development. When she saw that they were having speech issues we got into EI. They started when they were two and now are in ESD, which is what it is called where I live in elementary school. My two year old also has a speech problem, but not as bad. What I did with him is I talked to my pediatrician and got a referral. Called EI and they came and evaluated him. They come to my house about twice a month to work with him.
If you are unsure you can talk to your pediatrician and/or call EI yourself. They should come to your house to talk to you and evaluate your child. Even if your child is borderline you can talk to them about your concerns and you might still get help or ideas on what you can do yourself.
It's great that you are asking questions. If your child needs help it's best to get help as soon as possible. There is nothing wrong with being a concerned parent and nothing to be ashamed of/embarrassed/that you messed up somehow/or whatever. I obviously know people who have thought that.
Your doing a great job!
P.S. I was thinking some more about EI and services could vary from community to community depending on funding. I have friends in a different county in the same state and they get far less services with much, much worse issues with their children. They end up paying tons of out of pocket expenses because Health Insurance only covers a tiny portion. But I'm not quite sure how EI works on services overall.
Aimee - posted on 06/09/2010
My daughter has recvd occupational therapy from ECI and at Baylor. I really like ECI because they taught me how to work with my baby at home. I also liked that I didn't have to take her in public to get therapy. I would recommend ECI. My only complaint was that unless your baby is considered severe, you don't receive therapy every week. They thought my daughter had mild cerebral palsy when she started therapy. She had a social worker 2 x month and occupational therapist 2 x month. My daughter's therapy took longer because it was spaced out but I believe she had better therapy with ECI then with Baylor. The therapists at Baylor were young and not as experienced. I did like the speech therapy at Baylor - it was a good experience both times my daughter was enrolled in therapy (total of 1.5 yrs).
Cynthia - posted on 06/09/2010
hi my son has been in EI since he was six months old. He started out with PT. Now he only does OT and ST. He is now 2.5. He needed PT because he was a preemie and laying in the NICU for 3.5 months made him a little stiff. It really helped him. He started OT because he was delayed in groos and cog motor. $e is now caught up but is continuing treatment because off his shortattention span. He is delayed inspeech but is repeating new words every day so the ST is really helping. Because he is delayed he was approved for the special ed program in the local ELC(early learning center) where he will continue his services. He starts as soon as he turns 3. In NJ the EI program is income based so it's free for us. The ELC will also be at no cost to us. I thinl EI is a great program and is very helpful.
Chris - posted on 06/09/2010
I'm a special ed teacher, and a mom of a preemie and another child with mild delays in infancy. ECI is a wonderful way to address issues early, and possibly take care of them before school expectations pile up. Are you referring to Infant-Parent programs, or those for 3 and up in the public school system? Both are great interventions; firstborn received infant visits and speech therapy before 3, and was screened for further speech needs at 3 by the local school (didn't need it by then!).
Candi - posted on 06/08/2010
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my EI people. They've been 100 percent helpful. The testing is free, and it will make you feel so much better just to get the test. If he/she qualifies, you will get so much fantastic assistance from your therapists, that you will be happy you did it. If he/she doesn't qualify, you will feel much better, and you will get advice to help you with your concerns. It's free! Our therapists have guided us toward a fantastic CP doc, additional therapies that we qualified for, and assistive technologies that would help our son live a much more independent life.
Sharalyn - posted on 06/08/2010
We went at age 2 for speech delays. They were wonderful, and that is when we finally got our Sensory Processing Disorder diagnosis. OT made a *world* of difference for our little guy.
Our local program tests for free, and they need to be 25% of their age behind in just one milestone to qualify for services (major motor, fine motor, speech, academic, social, etc.). Go get tested--again, it is free. If they say your kiddo doesn't qualify, they will give you suggestions in any area that they are slightly behind in to help. If the kiddo is on track, well, then you know they are okay!
Janine - posted on 06/07/2010
ECI is absolutely fantastic in my opinion. I have had assistance with this for 4 yrs now - since my 2nd born (12 wks prem) came home and am very greatful! My 2nd is 4and a half now and late last year was diagnosed with Autism...through the help of ECI. I have had alot of help and Sarah has come a long way with this assistance.
Jennifer - posted on 06/07/2010
My son never qualified because he was only behind for his actual age, he was meeting milestones according to his developmental age (he was born at 29wks). So while he wasn't sitting up until 10m, his developmental age was 6m and that made him right on. At the same time though I was taking all the suggested activities and constantly looking for more and basically doing my own therapy working with him short periods of time throughout the day on meeting each milestone as they came. ECI was always there to answer questions and tell me he was doing fine and they would step in if he wasn't. :-) I say if you are concerned at all call them. Early intervention is ALWAYS the best!
Amy - posted on 06/07/2010
Well in my situation my daughter was also diagnosedd with water on the brain and now she has no left side of her brain. But before any of that the dr told me she was going to have problems with learning. your child has to be at least 25 % behind. meaning not talking not stacking blocks or not trying to hold a crayon he or she my be behind. ther are test they would do with your child. my child was a little more then 25% behind. I knew because she never rolled over and didnt start to talk right away. but as i told you my daughter had water on her brain and she lost her left side of her brain at 3 months old. I can tell you if you think your child is behind call ECI they will help. If you have any more questions just ask. I am happy to help.
Jennifer - posted on 06/06/2010
ECI is a wonderful program and has had many improvements in the past few years. The child does have to qualify though and sometimes the "normal" range is quite broad and you as the MOm know there is an issue and it can be frustraiting to not recieve services until the child is out of range and behind. If you have them do an evaluation though you are basically on thier roll and you can contact them at anytime and they have to respond. Usually if the child doesn't qualify to recieve services ECI will still give you some ideas and contacts that you can use yourself. And if your child does qualify it is wonderful therapies in your home! I am a foster parent who has had several children who worked with ECI and a former kindergarten teacher who loved it when students had recieved ECI services, they did so much better in school then the ones who waited until they were 3yrs!
Amy - posted on 06/06/2010
what would you like to know my daughter is now 4 going on 5 in october she was with eci since she was born it is a great program. They will help you with whatever you need help with. They start by coming to your home and evaluateing your childs strengths and weekneses. Then they figure out what kind of help your child will need. my daughter needed speech therapy, ocupational therapy and physical theraphy. She now thrives because of eci. if you want to know more let me know Amy