24 hour Crisis Intervention Hotline:  1-800-621-8504 (or call 903-472-7242)
Behavioral Health / IDD / Substance Use Centralized Intake: 1-800-669-4166
OSAR for Substance Use: 1-800-588-8728 (or call 940-224-6200) Wichita Falls and surrounding counties

Early Childhood Intervention Program

Our mission is to assure that family members and caregivers of young children have the supports and resources needed to enhance their child’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.

The ECI Program provides the following services that are specially designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers ages 0-3 years:

  • Audiology/Hearing
  • Assistive Technology
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Family Education
  • Health Services
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Feeding
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Specialized Skills Training
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Transition to Services beyond ECI
  • Translation/Interpretation

To receive services through Helen Farabee Center’s ECI Program, your child must:

  • Live in one of these 10 North Texas counties – Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger, or Young County
  • Have a medically diagnosed condition that will likely result in a developmental delay.
  • Have a developmental delay or difficulty with these skills:
    • Communication – language or speech
    • Cognitive – thinking, learning, playing, reasoning
    • Motor – physical development
      • Gross motor, such as using large muscles, to sit up, crawl, walk.
      • Fine motor, such as using small muscles, to grab small objects.
      • Oral motor, such as using the mouth, to suck, chew.
    •  Social/emotional – bonding, attachment, interactions with others
    • Self-help – Taking care of own needs (eating, drinking, washing hands, potty-training)
  • Have an auditory or visual impairment, determined by local school district personnel

Make a Referral

Anyone can request an evaluation.  If you are concerned that an infant or toddler may have a developmental delay or disability, contact ECI for an evaluation. ECI will determine if a child needs services and is eligible to receive them. The family will be involved in the evaluation, assessments and planning next steps.

For more information on Early Childhood Intervention, please call (940) 696-6200 or go to:

HHSC Early Childhood Intervention – https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/early-childhood-intervention-services

For a Parent Handbook in English, click here

For a Parent Handbook in Spanish, click here

For information regarding Telehealth, click here


Texas ECI: Family to Family – https://youtu.be/BS5hUdK2u0c

About Texas ECI – https://youtu.be/vA5hilYj5eQ

Parent to Parent: Knowing Your Rights – https://youtu.be/MVpf70j_eto

Padre a Padre: Conocer sus Derechos – https://youtu.be/_DED6FrZBkU