By Debbie Burke
Their tagline is: Your child, our promise. They are ECD Connections, which stands for Early Childhood Development, and they are all about early intervention for families to provide the best opportunities possible for children with developmental needs. Owner Michele Mann says, “ECD Connections was born out of my desire to work with and help little ones who have developmental delays. From birth through age three is my favorite time, because you see the most success then.”
The services provided by ECD are two-fold. The agency provides early intervention in the homes of children and their families, helping them with strategies for improving the child’s developmental levels from birth through age three. The other services are delivered at ECD’s Stroudsburg office, where families can bring their little ones, ages birth through five, for intense speech, physical and occupational therapies.
Your first point of contact is ECD. We’ll help you get all the help you need for your little one and family. Any family member can call and request an evaluation. An example is a parent who feels his or her child doesn’t talk the same way his or her peers do. Says Michele, “I tell parents to trust their instincts about how their child acts compared to other children their age. They can just call with their concerns and we will do the rest.” Sometimes the doctor or daycare center contacts ECD, expressing concern about a child they’re working with.
The staff at ECD Connections are speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, Registered Dietary Nutritionists and nurses. Some of their specialties include feeding, sensory integration, behavior specialties and more. All staff members are state-licensed in their respective fields. Michele herself has a background in special education, with almost 30 years of experience. She’s worked with a wide range of different populations of children in need.
Often when families begin services, they’re confused by the process or overwhelmed with the amount of information they’re receiving. ECD meets with them on an ongoing basis and reviews the different resources that are available and the groups they can get involved with. “Sometimes it’s just a cup of coffee and a quick chat about how they’re feeling about things,” adds Michele.
Early intervention is funded through grants from the state and county government. ECD Connections takes most kinds of insurance.
As to her future plans, Michele wants to be able to offer therapeutic advancements like listening therapies, yoga and infant massage, and a more in-depth sensory integration intervention. “As a teacher at heart, I would also love to offer training to my peers, first throughout Pennsylvania, and then throughout the country via a website for people to learn at their own pace,” she says. And the best part of her job? “I love coming to work every day and waiting to see if one of our little people achieves one of their milestones!”
ECD Connections now accepts all major insurances. Visit them at
814 Monroe St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360
For more information please visit www.ecdconnections.com or call 570.656.4047