For many children, early childhood intervention (ECI) is instrumental in assuring that they receive the necessary services to prevent a widening of social, emotional, physical and learning gaps.
In Texas the threat of such widening gaps is becoming a reality for many children: due to recently narrowed eligibility requirements for ECI, children now must demonstrate a 25% developmental delay to qualify for services. According to a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, these amendments are the direct result of state budget cuts. A grandfather clause will allow children currently in ECI programs to receive services at least until their next annual review, and children with a medical diagnosis or visual/auditory impairments will not be affected by the changes.
With budget cuts affecting students and schools across the country, educators are considering new ways to help students receive the services they need to be successful. With PresenceLearning, many school districts are getting access to cost-effective speech-language pathology services via a large network of highly qualified speech language pathologists who interact with students in live, online sessions. These districts are filling service gaps, providing better coverage and saving money, all at the same time.
To find out how your district can be more flexible and efficient while delivering essential speech pathology services, visit: / or call 415.512.9000.
Read More: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/State-budget-cuts-may-affect-kids-with-3416740.php