A new local business dedicated to improving the lives of children and families will celebrate its opening with a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, Feb. 9.
Early Intervention and Consultation Services, LLC, (EICS), located at 635 South Main St., Suite B in Leitchfield (next to Papa John’s), will hold a celebratory open house and ribbon cutting this Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
EICS officially opened on Nov. 1, 2016 and provides a variety of services for clients ages birth through 21, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ABA and behavioral therapy, positive behavior supports for Michelle P. Waiver clients, sensory groups, and social groups.
A native of Clarkson, EICS Owner and Executive Director Robin Lashley has provided services to children for the entirety of her more than 25-year career, and, throughout her different positions, her dream has always been to open a business to serve the children in her community.
Lashley has owned a business and been a Michelle P. Waiver service provider since 2010, and, between that time and the opening of EICS, she received numerous requests for services such as speech therapy.
Lashley said she realized that very few of these services were available for children of this area, and this inspired her to open a business that she both loved to do and could help address these needs.
When it came time to open EICS, Lashley partnered with Cara Atwood, EICS Program Manager and a trusted friend of 15 years.
Lashley said she and Atwood met as Special Education teachers and, from that moment, they knew they eventually wanted to open a business together.
“I couldn’t do it without her,” said Lashley, adding that Atwood is “wonderful” with children and at her job.
Lashley said the timing of EICS’s opening has been perfect, bringing together a staff of people with a shared vision of loving and desiring to help children and families.
The EICS staff consists of three speech therapists, four occupational therapists, two physical therapists, three behavioral therapists, and two Registered Behavior Technicians, as well as Billing Specialist Justin Mardis, and Secretary Rayetta Boone.
Lashley also provides some direct services as a Developmental Specialist herself from time to time.
“I feel like we have a good team here,” Lashley said. “We work together well as a team.”
EICS has around 50 or 60 clients who come to the clinic currently and serves even more through the Michelle P. Waiver program, as well as in the home and community.
However, Lashley said, there are still plenty of openings for new clients.
Additionally, Robin Lashley credits her husband, Wade, also from Clarkson, for his support of and help with her opening EICS, including remodeling the facility. Together, the couple has a 17-year-old son, Zach, who is a senior at Grayson County High School.
EICS is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 270-287-0656.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.