Early Childhood Early Intervention or ECEI is available to children with developmental concerns, developmental delay or disability from birth until they turn 6, after which they will either transition to the NDIS or no longer have access to funding. This will depend on their diagnosis or level of need as to their eligibility for the NDIS.
If your child does meet eligibility criteria to become an NDIS participant then your early childhood partner or NDIS planner will use information gathered about goals, assessments and connections with the community and mainstream supports to help create your child’s plan.
This time of transition can be challenging for some families. In the lead up to the end of your final Early Childhood plan, there are some things you can do to prepare for this change and ensure that any assessment of your child’s eligibility for the NDIS is as informed as possible.
Things to do:
Our partners at Xavier, are the peak body for children with developmental delay in Queensland and can provide further information and support for families after Early Childhood Early Intervention. Visit their website or call them on 1800 XAVIER.
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