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Child Outcomes

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Child Outcomes Resources:


EITP Resource Page on Child Outcomes: https://illinois.edu/blog/view/6039/114618


Blended Service Coordination Training Resources - Section 7 on IFSP Development: https://illinois.edu/blog/view/6150/465601


COS Toolkit on ECTA’s website: http://ectacenter.org/eco/pages/costeam.asp


Outcomes 3 New: This is a document that can be shared with families during intake to help them understand the different kinds of outcomes that we talk about in early intervention.


COS Policy/Procedure: This is the newly developed draft of the child outcomes procedures that will be in the CFC Procedure Manual when it is next updated.


Measuring Outcomes Draft: This is a document that could be used to prepare a family to participate in an IFSP meeting. It talks about the outcomes that we examine in early intervention, how we use the information we collect, and how they can participate in developing/discussing outcomes.

These are the items in the Appendix:

  • Team Discussion: This document provides a sample “script” for describing the outcomes process and facilitating the outcomes conversation.
  • Definition of Ratings: This document provides a description of each point on the child outcomes rating continuum.
  • Decision tree (one sided): This decision tree includes a series of a yes-no questions that a team can answer to determine the child outcomes rating and culminates with a verbal description of each point on the rating scale that can be used to summarize the team’s discussion.
  • Decision tree (divided): This decision tree has the same pieces as the one sided version but it splits up the scale based on the answer to the first question about the child’s demonstration of age-expected skills. Some people thought this might be helpful in narrowing down the points on the scale for the discussion and might be less overwhelming for the family to look at if the child was not, in fact, showing any age expected skills.
  • Decision tree with buckets: People like this version because it contains a visual by each of the points on the scale.
  • Age-expected resources: This document provides links to a variety of age-expected resources that teams might want to use to prepare for the child outcomes discussion or to have handy as an aid to help families understand what children typically do at a variety of ages.
  • Outcomes by age range: These age anchors can help teams describe what skills/behaviors might be expected related to the three outcomes for any given year (0-12 months, 13-24 months25-36 months). A coordinator may want to highlight/underline the skills as the team discusses the child’s skills and behaviors. They can then compare what they are hearing to what is expected to get an understanding of how many foundational, immediate foundational, and age-expected skills the child is demonstrating.
  • Immediate Foundational Skills: This document can help teams understand the terms used for the child outcomes ratings. It describes foundational, immediate foundational, and age-expected skills and how these relate to each other.
  • Discussion Prompts: These prompts can help a team have a richer discussion about the skills and behaviors that are related to the three child outcomes. It can help the team include the family in the discussion and make sure that the team is covering the full breadth of skills that are included for each outcomes.



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Child Outcome Summary Form online modules (AKA the DaSy modules):  https://learn.illinois.edu/enrol/index.php?id=14736  (posted by Sarah Nichols on behalf of Amber Ortiz)  The DaSy training modules are a useful tool for understanding the Child Outcomes process. They help explain the purpose of Child Outcomes, how they are used and the importance of accuracy. There is a movement in the state to relook at how Child Outcomes is being performed/facilitated and making sure that we are capturing accurate scores. These modules give examples, have activities and questions to help assist in the understanding of performing Child Outcomes effectively, smoothly and with integrity. Here is the link to register for these modules: https://learn.illinois.edu/enrol/index.php?id=14736


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Comments (1)

Marcela Alvarez said

at 3:02 pm on May 1, 2020

Hello, I was wondering if there are Child Outcomes resources in Spanish. It would be helpful when going over them with a Spanish speaking parent. Thank you.

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