Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Programs
- An infant with a hearing loss may be eligible for services from early childhood intervention (ECI) programs.
- ECI works with a team to determine what services are needed. The ECI team includes:
- teacher of the deaf or hard of hearing
- other specialists
- Together the team develops an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
- If a child is identified with a hearing loss at any time during the first 3 years, these same services are available.
Services Ages 0-3
- This flowchart provides a quick overview of the 0 - 3 services.
- Additional statewide support for parents and professionals is available from:
- Education Service Center 11
- Statewide Outreach Center at Texas School for the Deaf
- Texas Guide By Your Side (GBYS) - provides free unbiased support and services to families with deaf or hard of hearing children (birth to 22 years old). Request services.
- Texas Hands & Voices
- Parent Companion: First Five Years
Early Learning Guidelines Ages 0-3
- Texas Early Learning Pathways - Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines, a birth to age 5 "pathway of child development" that is aligned with the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines; from the Texas Early Learning Council
- Before the child turns 3, the IFSP team, including the parents, will create another plan to transition the child from early intervention services to services for children age 3 to 21.
- Beyond ECI - explains this process
- The services for deaf or hard of hearing children are covered by special education law that is referred to as IDEA Part C for children ages 0-3 and IDEA Part B for students ages 3-21. Because of the different parts of the law and the age groups they cover, parents may find they need support as they enter a new and different system.
- Education Service Center Region 20 has list of resources for Students age 3 - 5.