Below you will find a variety of resources related to evaluation/assessment and eligibility. Please remember that the Early Intervention Provider Handbook also includes a definitions section as well as a list of qualified staff and billing codes and rates for evaluation and assessment in the Illinois Early Intervention System.
Page contains the following sections:
- IDHS Resources:
- Approved Assessment Instruments
- Eligibility Criteria, Evaluation and Assessment (from CFC Procedure Manual)
- Evaluation/Assessment Activities (from Provider Handbook)
- Medical Conditions Resulting in High Probability of Developmental Delay and Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) Screening Information
- Required Service Report Guidelines/Format for Evaluation/Assessment/Direct Service Reports *New Report Format
- FAQ on "Evaluation and Assessment" portion of CFC Procedure Manual
- Recommended EITP Trainings
- 5 Developmental Domains and Eligibility
- Informed Clinical Opinion
- Ways To Use Evaluation/Assessment Information In The IFSP Process
- Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention
- Working with Families:
- What Families Want to Know About Assessment
- Identifying Family Activities and Routines Conversation Starters
- Resource Guide on Assessment and Families in Early Intervention
- Questions for Eliciting Family Interests, Priorities, Concerns, and Everyday Routines and Activities
- Assessing Your Child
Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Resources:
- Approved Assessment Instruments (updated 8/2016) IDHS provides a list of approved assessment instruments broken down by the developmental area they are intended to assess. This is not an exclusive list and providers may use tools that are not identified on the list with approval. Criteria for using a tool& other than what is on the approved list can also be found here.
- Eligibility Criteria, Evaluation and Assessment (Chapter 9, CFC Procedure Manual) IDHS provides eligibility criteria, policies, and procedures for determining eligibility, evaluation and assessment. Information for "At Risk" status is found in section 9.1.3 At Risk Condition.
- Evaluation/Assessment Activities (Chapter 3.10, Provider Handbook - rev. 12/2016) provides additional information on policies and procedures for determining eligibility, at risk condition, intake, selecting appropriate tools for evaluation/assessment and more!
- Medical Conditions Resulting in High Probability of Developmental Delay and DSCC Screening Information IDHS provides a list of medical conditions that result in a high probability of developmental delay and therefore are "Eligible EI Diagnoses." This list also includes information related to whether or not the medical condition is an eligible diagnosis for the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC).
- Required Service Report Guidelines/ Format for Evaluation/ Assessment/ Direct Service Reports The Illinois Early Intervention Handbook has service report guidelines and a format (not a form) for evaluations/assessments and direct service reports, which is out of date. Please use the following information as of December 1, 2015:
FAQ on "Evaluation and Assessment" portion of CFC Procedure Manual (pdf) In October 2015, EITP and DHS sponsored a webinar series around the new CFC Procedure Manual. From the webinar on Evaluation and Assessment, participants asked great questions, which have been used to develop an FAQ around the "Evaluation and Assessment" pieces in the new Procedure Manual.
This resource created by CFC #25 covers the 5 developmental domains and eligibility criteria for the IL EI System. Multidisciplinary teams may choose to use this as a quick reference during team eligibility discussions. (Created 12/2015, updated 9/2017)
This paper (NECTAC Notes, No. 28, 2012) by Anne Lucas and Evelyn Shaw looks at the term "informed clinical opinion" and addresses its meaning in the context of Part C, its effect on the determination of eligibility and why its documentation is necessary. This paper is an update of NECTAC Notes No. 10 (May 2002) by Jo Shackelford.
A tool to help early interventionists use evaluation/assessment information in the IFSP process keeping in mind who we serve, what we do, where we do it, how we do it, who helps, how often it's done, and how we know it is achieved.
This video is from the Results Matter Video Library and it describes and illustrates how authentic assessment enhances early intervention work with children and families, including the use of observation, conversations with families, and video.
Working with Families
- What Families Want to Know About Assessment (PDF) Resource developed by Therapists as Collaborative Team Members for infant/Toddler Community Services (TacTICS). Additional resources related to assessment and natural environments can be found under the "Natural Environments" resource page. Please visit the TacTICS website to learn more about the TacTICS modules and the resources they offer.
- Identifying Family Activities and Routines Conversation Starters (PDF) Family-guided Approaches to Collaborative Early Intervention Training and Services (FACETS) provides conversation starters and follow-up questions to learn about family activities and routines. Early Interventionists (service coordinators and providers) may find this to be a useful tool to learn about the families they are serving.
Recommended EITP Trainings
Check our training event pages to register for the following trainings related to the topics of evaluation/assessment or eligibility:
Face-to-Face Trainings: The trainings will appear on calendar if they are scheduled, so check back later if you don't see a training!
- Infant/Toddler Assessment Institute (4-day event)
- Eligibility Determination and the Use of Evaluation Information
- Family Assessment for Service Coordinators
- Service Coordination and Family Assessment Institute (5-day event)
Additionally, EITP covers Evaluation/Assessment and Eligibility in our Online System Overview training. The following modules from that training are available below as a resource (in order to receive credit for viewing, you must register and participate in the online training):