Eira is a beautiful little girl that has been in Easter Seals Greater Houston’s Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Infant Program since the age of 4 months. She was born with Down Syndrome and was hospitalized in the NICU for the first 3 months of her life. After being discharged, the hospital immediately referred her to Easter Seals’ ECI Program. Since that time, she’s received every ECI service from Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapy, Specialized Skills Training, Nutrition and Case management during her enrollment.
Eira’s Mom, Angelica said “Eira has learned so much from ECI. She’s received so many therapy services over the years. Walking was hard for her because she had such low tone and her legs bowed out. The physical therapist helped us with exercises”. The case manager, Christina Weiblen, said “Mom would always ask us when she was going to walk, would she walk?” Now Angelica says “I’m waiting for her to sit still! She’s climbing up and down on the table and moves around so fast!” The proud mom also shares that “She absorbs everything she sees and learns that way. She loves my phone and has learned how to open and close apps. She’s a whiz!”
Eira turns three soon and has been evaluated for the PPCD, preschool program for children with disabilities program with her local independent school district. The case manager is also helping Angelica explore private therapy options and other play groups. Through case management she is also on several wait lists such as HCS, MDCP and CLASS to ensure future support and services for Eira.
Easter Seals Greater Houston’s ECI Program helps children ages birth to 36 months with disabilities and developmental delays achieve their goals in cognitive, social/emotional, communicative, adaptive and physical development. Learn more here.