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Effective November 4th, 2021, Ascend will no longer accept Texas Medicaid clients for Diagnostic Evaluations or ABA services. We are working toward being able to restore both services for our Medicaid families in 2022. In the meantime, we’ve developed a number of helpful resources for families to access high quality services and family support in Texas. Please find a list of those resources below.

Diagnostic Evaluation Services


THINK Neurology for Kids


Phone: (281) 298-1144 (general inquiries)

Locations: Katy, The Woodlands, Cypress (Sugar Land coming soon)


Dr. Michelle Garcia


[email protected]

Phone: (281) 713-9559

Location: The Woodlands


Texas Children’s Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics


Phone: (832) 822-1900

Location: Houston (TMC)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services


Behavior TLC


[email protected]

Clear Lake: (281) 461-6888 | Cypress: (832) 478-5862

Locations: Clear Lake & Cypress

Services: ABA (clinic-based & home-based), and social skills 

Ages: 6-13


Including Kids


[email protected]

Phone: (281) 852-0501

Location: Humble

Services: after school classes, parent training, community events, adult seminars, babysitter training, young adult programs, etc.

Ages: 2-30


Success on the Spectrum 


Locations across the Greater Houston area

Services: ABA (clinic-based & home-based), speech, occupational therapy, and social skills

Ages: children and young adults – no specific ages listed


The Next Step Academy


[email protected]

Phone: [based on location]

Location: NW Houston (near Memorial/Hedwig Village)

Services: ABA (clinic-based & home-based), vocational training, respite, educational services, and outdoor recreation

Ages: children and young adults – no specific ages listed


The Reason for Hope 


Phone: (832) 632-2177, ext. 105

Location: League City

Services: Christian Pediatric Therapy Center; ABA therapy, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy

Ages: 1-6

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services

What is ECI?

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a statewide program within the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for families with children birth up to age 3, with developmental delays, disabilities or certain medical diagnoses that may impact development. ECI services support families as they learn how to help their children grow and learn.

Who can get help?

ECI serves children from birth to 36 months with a developmental delay or disability.

How does my child qualify for services?

To be eligible for ECI services your child must meet one of the following 3 criteria:

Medically Diagnosed Condition

Auditory or Visual Impairment

Developmental Delay

How are services determined?

Your child is evaluated using the DAY-2 to determine eligibility. If your child qualifies for services, the team identifies your family’s daily routines and your child’s strength and needs.

Based on the results of the evaluation and assessment, the team develops a plan for services, also known as the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), evaluations, assessments and IFSPs are provided at no cost to parents.

How are services provided?

  • Family-centered services: Services are based on the needs and concerns of each family and child. ECI professionals and family members incorporate activities into daily routines to promote the child’s development.
  • Familiar settings: Though most ECI services are provided at home, they can be provided in other places where the child goes regularly, such as a childcare center, park, library or other community setting.
  • Case management: Service coordinators help families access and receive the services, resources and supports they need to support their child’s development. Supports include helping the child and family transition to special education services or other options, as appropriate for children exiting ECI at age 3. ECI provides comprehensive case management for all members of the child’s family as their needs relate to the child’s growth and development.
  • Planning for next steps: ECI services end when the child turns 3. Well before that time, the ECI team, including the family, decides on next steps. Children may transition to public school, preschool, Head Start, childcare centers or other community activities and programs or they may stay home with their family. For children who need further intervention services the goal is a smooth transition with no service gaps.

Who provides the services?

The team that evaluates the child and plans and provides services are licensed or credentialed providers. The team may include:

  • Early intervention specialists
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Social workers
  • Counselors


Where are services provided?

ECI providers work with the child and family where they live, learn and play. Services are provided in the home and in the community, which could include child care facilities, grocery stores, parks and restaurants.

How do I pay for services?

ECI asks families who can afford to do so to share in the cost of services. This is called the Family Cost Share. The amount a family pays for services is determined using a sliding-fee scale and is based on family size and income, after allowable deductions. No child or family will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

The following services are provided at no cost:

  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Case management
  • IFSP development
  • Translation and interpreter services, including sign language

These initial services help identify your child’s strengths and needs, as well as locate resources to meet those needs. You may be asked for permission to bill your or your child’s insurance for these services.

(Source:  ECI Infant Development, Easter Seals of Greater Houston)