Easter Seals Greater Houston’s Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI) is for children from birth to 36 months and includes a comprehensive range of services including developmental services, speech, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, vision, hearing and case management services which are all provided in the family’s home or daycare. All of the children eligible for early intervention have a serious delay in at least one area of development or a diagnosed medical condition that places them at high risk. Effective September 1, Easter Seals Greater Houston’s ECI program will expand to serve Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, Walker and Washington Counties. The Infant Development/ECI team will serve 1,400 children each month with countless success stories like Ja’Shawn.
Ja’Shawn is a handsome 34 month old little boy that has been in ECI since the age of 12 months. He failed his newborn hearing screening at the hospital and was born with asymmetric and abnormal pinnae, which has resulted in a severe to profound hearing loss. Since that time, he’s received Easter Seals Greater Houston’s Early Childhood Intervention services such as Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapy, Specialized Skills Training, and Case management during his enrollment. With his diagnosis, he also benefits from Auditory Impairment or AI services though the public school system. During the visit-the AI teacher, Ms. Peggy was providing therapy to him. The uniqueness of ECI’s visit shined though during their interaction. Ms. Peggy and Ja’Shawn were baking cupcakes and frosting them. Ms. Peggy explained they counted the cupcakes, labeled during the mixing, and also washed the dishes when done. These routines based interventions help Ja’Shawn learn to sign each of the tasks. For example, he signed “cookies, please”, “thank-you”, “help, please” He is able to follow 2 step directions and signs up to 3 words together. Ja’Shawn’s mom, Sabrina, also says he reads lips when other adults are not able to sign with him.
Ja’Shawn turns three soon and has been evaluated for the PPCD, preschool program for children with disabilities program with his local ISD. Sabrina is hoping he’s accepted to a special school in the district that has a signing program and ECI will help her advocate for that to ensure smooth transition of services!
If you have concerns or questions about your child’s development, please call 713.838.9050, ext. 385 and request a free developmental assessment.