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                                  Child Outcome
                                  Summary Form



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            Learning from Each Other
              1.     Did you attend a training on the COSF?
              2.     Have you participated in a COSF team rating
                     process?
                         For more than 10 children? 20? 30?
              3.     Have you reviewed COSF forms completed by
                     others?
              4.     Have you provided training on the COSF?
              5.     How confident are you in your knowledge of the
                     COSF process?



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          Essential Knowledge for Completing
          the Child Outcomes Summary Form
             Between them, team members must:
             1. Know about the child’s functioning across settings
                and situations
             2. Understand age-expected child development
             3. Understand the content of the three child outcomes
             4. Know how to use the rating scale
             5. Understand age expectations for child functioning
                within the child’s culture

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            Important point
                 It is not necessary that all team
                  members be knowledgeable in all 5
                  areas
                 Especially, no expectation that parents
                  understand the rating scale or typical
                  child development
                 But the professionals have to!

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             Essential Knowledge for Completing
             the Child Outcomes Summary Form

           Between them, team members must:

           1. Know about the child’s functioning across
              settings and situations
           2.    Understand age-expected child development
           3.    Understand the content of the three child outcomes
           4.    Know how to use the rating scale
           5.    Understand age expectations for child functioning within the
                 child’s culture



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                1. Know about the child’s functioning
                across settings and situations

                                  How we learn about
                                  the child’s functioning
                                  across settings and
                                  situations:

                                        Good
                                     assessment

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                 DEC* recommended practices
                 for assessment
                Involve multiple sources
                     Examples: family members, professional team
                      members, service providers, caregivers
                Involve multiple measures
                     Examples: observations, criterion- or curriculum-
                      based instruments, interviews, norm-referenced
                      scales, informed clinical opinion, work samples



                            *Division for Early Childhood
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            Assessment practices appropriate for
            outcomes measurement: ASHA*

               ASHA recommended practices:
                 Gather information from families, teachers,
                  other service providers
                 Collect child-centered, contextualized,
                  descriptive, functional information


           (*American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)


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            Assessment instruments
                 Assessment the tool         Challenge:
                  vs. assessment the
                  process                      There is no
                 Assessment tools can
                                               assessment tool
                  inform us about              that assesses the
                  children’s functioning       three outcomes
                  in each of the three         directly
                  outcome areas




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           Essential Knowledge for Completing
           the Child Outcomes Summary Form

           Between them, team members must:
           1.    Know about the child’s functioning across settings and
                 situations

           2. Understand age-expected child
              development
           3.    Understand the content of the three child outcomes
           4.    Know how to use the rating scale
           5.    Understand age expectations for child functioning within the
                 child’s culture

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                    Resources for understanding age-
                    expected child development

                 ECO link
              http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/pdfs/Age-expected_child_dev_9-5-07.pdf

                                  (under ―ECO Tools‖)
                 New course coming soon
                       Watch ECO web site


                          www.the-eco-center.org
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           Essential Knowledge for Completing
           the Child Outcomes Summary Form
           Between them, team members must:
           1.    Know about the child’s functioning across settings and
                 situations
           2.    Understand age-expected child development

           3. Understand the content of the three
              child outcomes
           4.    Know how to use the rating scale
           5.    Understand age expectations for child functioning within the
                 child’s culture

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            Outcomes Jeopardy
                 Pointing to the     Reading the
                                                       Washes hands
                     $100
                  cabinet for      letter ―S‖ on the
                                        $100               $100
                                                        before lunch
                     cereal            Stop sign

                                   Plays by himself       Plays with
                       $200
                       Biting            $200
                                   in the classroom
                                                            $200
                                                        rhyming words

               Building a castle
                                      Problems         Sharing a cookie
                     $300
               from blocks with        $300
                                      sleeping
                                                             $300
                                                         at lunchtime
                    a friend

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                Children have positive social
                relationships
               Involves:
                    Relating with adults
                    Relating with other children
                    For older children, following rules related to
                     groups or interacting with others
                 Includes areas like:
                    Attachment/separation/autonomy
                    Expressing emotions and feelings
                    Learning rules and expectations
                    Social interactions and play
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              Children acquire and use knowledge
              and skills
                 Involves
                       Thinking
                       Reasoning
                       Remembering
                       Problem solving
                       Using symbols and language
                       Understanding physical and social worlds
                 Includes:
                       Early concepts—symbols, pictures, numbers
                       Imitation
                       Object permanence
                       Expressive language and communication
                       Early literacy
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              Children take appropriate action to meet
              their needs
            Involves:
                 Taking care of basic needs
                 Getting from place to place
                 Using tools (e.g., fork, toothbrush, crayon)
                 In older children, contributing to their own health
                  and safety
            Includes:
                 Integrating motor skills to complete tasks
                 Self-help skills (e.g., dressing, feeding, grooming,
                  toileting, household responsibility)
                 Acting on the world to get what one wants
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            Essential Knowledge for Completing
            the Child Outcomes Summary Form

           Between them, team members must:
           1. Know about the child’s functioning across settings
              and situations
           2. Understand age-expected child development
           3. Understand the content of the three child outcomes

           4. Know how to use the rating scale
           5. Understand age expectations for child functioning
              within the child’s culture
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            The two COSF questions

            a. To what extent does this child show age-
               appropriate functioning, across a variety of
               settings and situations, on this outcome?
               (Rating: 1-7)


            b. Has the child shown any new skills or
               behaviors related to [this outcome] since the
               last outcomes summary? (Yes-No)

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            7 – Completely
                 The child shows behaviors and skills
                  expected in all or almost all everyday
                  situations that are part of the child’s life
                    Home, store, park, child care, with
                     strangers, etc.
                 The child’s functioning is considered
                  appropriate for his/her age
                 No one has significant concerns about the
                  child’s functioning in this outcome area

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            6 – Between completely
            and somewhat

                 The child’s functioning generally is
                  considered appropriate for his or her
                  age
                 but there are some significant
                  concerns about the child’s functioning
                  in this outcome area



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                  5 – Somewhat

                 The child shows functioning expected for
                  his/her age some of the time and/or in
                  some situations
                 The child’s functioning is a mix of age-
                  appropriate and not appropriate functioning
                 The child’s functioning might be described
                  as like that of a slightly younger child


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                 4 – Between a 5 and a 3

                  Child shows some age appropriate
                   functioning some of the time or in some
                   situations or settings but most of the child’s
                   functioning would be described as not yet
                   age appropriate.
                  The child’s functioning might be described
                   as like that of a younger child


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            3 – Emerging

                  The child does not yet show functioning
                   expected of a child his/her age in any
                   situation
                  The child’s behaviors and skills include
                   immediate foundational skills on which
                   to build age-appropriate functioning
                  The child’s functioning might be described
                   as like that of a younger child



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            2 – Between 3 and 1
                 The child does not yet show functioning
                  expected of a child his/her age in any
                  situation
                 The child’s behaviors and skills does have
                  some the immediate foundational skills on
                  which to build age-appropriate functioning
                  but these are not displayed very often
                 The child’s functioning might be described
                  as like that of a younger or even much
                  younger child
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                  1 – Not yet
                     The child does not yet show functioning
                      expected of a child his/her age in any
                      situation
                     The child’s skills and behaviors also do not
                      yet include any immediate foundational
                      skills on which to build age-appropriate
                      functioning
                     The child’s functioning might be described as
                      like that of a much younger child
                     Children with 1 ratings still have skills, just not
                      yet at an immediate foundational level
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            Rating Scale Jeopardy
                                          Mix of age           No age appropriate
                 Age appropriate
                                      appropriate and not     functioning – not yet
                 functioning – no
                     $100              age $100
                                            appropriate              $100
                                                                    showing
                    concerns
                                          functioning          foundational skills
                    Some age
                                      No age appropriate        Age appropriate
                   appropriate
                      $200            functioning – lots of
                                            $200              functioning – some
                                                                    $200
               functioning but very
                                       foundational skills         concerns
                       little

                Rarely shows age      No age appropriate
                                                                Age appropriate
                     $300
                  appropriate         functioning – some
                                            $300                    $300
                                                                  functioning
                   functioning         foundational skills


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            Essential Knowledge for Completing
            the Child Outcomes Summary Form
           Between them, team members must:
           1. Know about the child’s functioning across settings
              and situations
           2. Understand age-expected child development
           3. Understand the content of the three child outcomes
           4. Know how to use the rating scale

           5. Understand age expectations for child
              functioning within the child’s culture
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            Point of clarification
                 Process is NOT about comparing
                  groups of children – it IS about asking
                  how close children are to being able to
                  do what is expected at their age
                 Early learning guidelines
                 Kindergarten and access to the
                  general curriculum

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            What we are learning nationally

             The process of training for child
              outcomes data collection has
              uncovered other areas of
              significant need related to
              professional development.



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            Providers need to know more about:

                 Assessment
                       How to gather assessment data to reflect
                        functioning across settings and situations,
                        especially how to gather child functioning
                        information from families
                       Understanding the results of the assessment
                       Sharing assessment results sensitively and
                        honestly with families


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            Providers need to know more about:
                 Functional outcomes
                       What are they?
                       How do they differ from outcomes organized
                        around domains?
                       What do they mean for how professionals from
                        different disciplines operate as a team?
                 Typical child development
                       What are the functional expectations for
                        children at different ages with regard to each of
                        the 3 outcomes statements?

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