ECI...An investment in babies today for a better Texas tomorrow.
ECI assures that families with young children with developmental delays have the resources and support they need to reach their goals.
Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments
To ensure the highest quality of service delivery to families, ECI has adopted the following Seven Key Principles*. These principles, developed by a national team of early childhood intervention experts, serve as the foundation of practice guidelines for ECI service providers statewide.
- Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
- All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their childrens learning and development.
- The primary role of a service provider in early intervention is to work with and support family members and caregivers in childrens lives.
- The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the childs and family members preferences, learning styles, and cultural beliefs.
- Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) outcomes must be functional and based on childrens and families needs and family-identified priorities.
- The familys priorities, needs, and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
- Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.
*Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, OSEP TA Community of Practice: Part C Settings. (2008, March) Agreed upon mission and key principles for providing early intervention services in natural environments. Retrieved from http://www.ectacenter.org/~pdfs/topics/families/Finalmissionandprinciples3_11_08.pdf.