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Is Your Child Eligible For ECI Services?

Eligibility for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is determined by a team of at least two Brighton Center professionals from different disciplines (speech, occupational, physical therapist). A comprehensive evaluation is used to find out the nature and extent of the child’s abilities, delays or difficulties, and to determine whether a child is eligible for ECI services.   Brighton’s ECI staff determines eligibility for infants and toddlers who are birth to 36 months of age based on:

Medically Diagnosed Condition

  • A child who has a medically diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay qualifies for ECI. The diagnosis must be on the DARS ECI list of qualifying medical diagnoses, and medical records must be provided to confirm the diagnosis.

Auditory or Visual Impairment

  • A child who has an auditory or visual impairment as defined by the Texas Education Agency rule at 19 TAC Section 89.1040 qualifies for ECI. This determination is made by a team led by certified staff from the local independent school district.

Developmental Delay

  • A child who has a developmental delay of at least 25% which affects functioning in one or more areas of development, including cognition, communication, gross or fine motor, social-emotional and adaptive/self-help qualifies for ECI.

If found eligible, an individualized family service plan (IFSP) is is then conducted. The IFSP will identify a child’s unique strengths and needs as well as determine what types of services are necessary to meet those needs. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), evaluations and assessments are provided at no cost to parents. They are funded by state and federal monies.