Children involved with ECIPs are often behind in reaching age-appropriate development milestones such as walking, talking, playing or interacting with others. Some children are born with conditions that make it difficult for them to develop at rates that are typical for a specific age group.
Children with delays, or who are at risk of developing delays, benefit most from ECIPs. ECIP work is most successful when delays are addressed at an early stage. Participation in the program can begin at birth or as soon as the delay appears.
Involvement with the program is voluntary. Parents may be refer themselves to their local ECIP or be referred by a professional with parental consent.