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The following professional development resource package was developed by the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. The intention of this resource package is to further support early intervention professionals’ knowledge and utilization of the federally mandated Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process. This tool was developed and adapted from the Child Outcomes Summary – Team Collaboration (COS-TC) Toolkit. Additionally, many resources from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) Center are included in this package.
This section will provide professionals with ideas about getting started with the COS process.
Activity 1 – Preparing for the Process – Reflecting on What You Know (includes survey)
Activity 2 – Previewing the Process (includes KWL chart)
Activity 3 – Getting Started (includes Appendix A: COS-TC Child Outcomes Summary Outcome Content Reminder Tool)
This section will help professionals initiate conversations with families about the COS process.
Activity 1 – Beginning the Conversation (includes Family Guide and Child Outcomes handouts)
Activity 2 – Describing the Three Child Outcomes to Families (includes examples, chart and reflection)
Activity 3 – Why & How? (includes "The Ideal Baby" article and reflection)
This section will cover the importance of understanding child functioning in the context of the child outcomes summary process.
Activity 1 – What are the Factors which Impact How Young Children Develop? (includes "The Ideal Baby" article)
**Please download "Child Development" PPT separately.
Activity 2 – Functional and Discrete Skills (includes reflection and observation)
Activity 3 – What does Foundational, Immediate Foundational or Age-Expected Mean? (includes COS rating scale)
**Please download "What does foundational, immediate foundational and age-expected mean?" PPT separately.
Activity 4 – Age Expected Skills: 12 Months (includes COS rating scale, Outcomes and Anchoring tools)
**Please download "Tyler" video separately.
Activity 5 – Age Expected Skills: 13-24 Months (includes Milestones, COS rating scale, and Outcomes tools)
Activity 6 – Age Expected Skills: 25-36 Months (includes case study, reflection, COS rating scale, and outcome tools)
Activity 7 – Foundational, Immediate Foundational or Age-Expected? (includes outcome tools)
**Please download "Mom Playing with Toddler" video separately.
This section will review how teams can reach consensus for each outcome rating by using different strategies.
Activity 1 – Including Caregivers in Conversations (includes prompts and conversation starters)
Activity 2 – Teams (includes DEC Teaming and Collaboration practices)
Activity 3 – COS Descriptors & Ratings (includes self-evaluation, matching, document key and case study)
**Please download "Answer Key (for facilitators only)" separately.
Activity 4 – Using the Decision Tree (includes reflection, action plan and decision tree)
**Please download "Decision Tree" PPT separately.
Activity 5 – Reaching Consensus (includes comparison document, decision tree, case study, team discussion outcomes and situations for practice)
**Please download "Answer Key for Case Study (for facilitators only)" separately.
This section will review recommended, interactive practices for professionals to consider throughout the child outcomes summary process.
Activity 1 – Interactive Practices for COS Conversations
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