Infants and toddlers grow and change rapidly during the first three years. There are many tools available to help parents learn about their child’s growth and development, as well as resources for parents who have developmental concerns about their child. Check out the resources on this page to learn about developmental milestones, developmental screening tools, and Early Childhood Intervention services for families and their children with developmental delays or disabilities.
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Learning about developmental milestones helps parents understand what young children typically know and are able to do at different ages. While every child is an individual, milestones checklists allow parents to see how their child’s skills compare to typical growth and development, and become aware of possible delays. A more formal way to track your child’s development is through developmental screeners. Watch the following brief videos for more information about these topics.
In Texas, children between the ages of birth and 36 months can receive services from Early Childhood Intervention (“ECI”) if they need additional support to meet developmental milestones in areas such as language, motor development, adaptive behaviors such as feeding, or learning and play skills. ECI services are provided by local agencies and organizations across the state, with family cost sharing based on income. ECI services focus on teaching parents and other caregivers the skills to best support their children’s development, and are provided within their natural environments, such as the child’s home, grandparents’ home, or child care center. Anyone can make a referral to ECI, including parents, early childhood professionals, and healthcare providers. To make a referral or learn more about ECI, go to: https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/early-childhood-intervention-services and use the links on the left side of the web page. You can also watch the following brief videos to hear more about the Early Childhood Intervention process and services from an ECI evaluation specialist.
Developmental Milestones Checklists: