Child Outcomes Summary Process/COSF

Measuring Early Childhood Outcomes for Young Children with Special Needs

Type: 
Webinar
Author/Presenter: 

Judy Swett, PACER Center; Lynne Kahn and Christina Kasprzak, ECO at FPG/UNC; and Michelle Lewis, Parent, ICC Vice Chair, New Hampshire PTI

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

The purpose of this webinar was to provide the latest information on how programs are measuring child and family outcomes to meet federal requirements, and to provide information about how PTI staff can be involved in state efforts to measure child and family outcomes. The work of Michelle Lewis and the New Hampshire PTI was highlighted.

Measuring Child Outcomes: Trends, Challenges, and Observations

Type: 
Webinar
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI International

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

This call discussed issues related to collecting, reporting, and making use of child outcomes data. 

Helping Local Administrators and Providers Analyze and Use their Outcomes Data

Type: 
Webinar
Author/Presenter: 

Lisa Balivet and Fauna Hubble (AK), and Lisa Backer (MN)

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

This is an encore presentation from the June, 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes conference. In this session, two states shared how they are preparing for local programs to use child outcomes data to improve local Part C and 619 services and results for children and families. Alaska discussed how their data system is designed to assist local EI programs in reporting, understanding, and eventually using their data for program improvements. Minnesota shared activities that support local leadership in conducting simple analyses for the purpose of pattern checking the quality of ECSE data.

Engaging Families in the Outcomes Rating Process Webinar (Encore Presentation)

Type: 
Webinar
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process is designed to be a team process, which includes the family of the child with a disability. Talking with and informing families about all the aspects of the early intervention and/or early childhood special education process is a marker of quality, and is absolutely essential for both individual child planning and accurate child outcomes measurement. In this encore presentation of the 2012 Outcomes Conference session, "Inquiring Families Want to Know: Engaging Families in the Outcomes Rating Process," ECO staff hosted a webinar with other states discussing their professional development methods designed to enhance both providers' and families' understanding of the COS process and their capacity to participate fully in rating discussions.

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The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Form Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

This topic introduces the COS form and the 7-point rating scale. It also covers essential knowledge for teams using the COS form. Intended for introductory learners who are new to the COS form. For intermediate learners who need a 'refresher' on the use of the 7-point rating scale, please see the voiced COS form refresher PPT, below. Learners will:

  • understand the rationale for using the COS form
  • differentiate between the a and b questions on the COS form
  • differentiate between the 7 points on the rating scale
  • differentiate among age-appropriate, immediate foundational, and foundational skills and behaviors

Trainer and participant materials are listed on the webpage.

Practice Using the Child Outcome Summary Rating Scale Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

This section focuses on the team process used to determine a rating on the COS 7-point scale. Intended as an introduction for learners who are new to the COS process or as a 'refresher' for intermediate learners. Learners will:

  • differentiate among the three child outcomes
  • understand how a rating is determined by a team
  • understand the role of information about the child's functioning across settings and situations in determining a rating
  • understand the role of age-expected child development in determining a rating
  • understand the role of the family in the team rating

Trainer and participant materials are listed on the webpage.

Measuring Child Outcomes with the Summary of Functional Performance: An Introduction

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler

Year: 
2011
Abstract: 

This presentation and materials are from a one-day training on the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process. The audience for the training was early intervention providers in King County, Washington. Washington State has implemented a new process which integrates the outcomes rating process into the IFSP and uses "descriptor statements" for the rating. The state also has a new data system for capturing a narrative summary of the child's functioning along with the descriptor statement. The training addresses general principles involved in the COS process along with features unique to Washington's revised approach to incorporating the information into the development of the IFSP. Links to handouts and activities used in the training that are on the ECO web site are in the notes section of the appropriate slide in the presentation.

Looking at Data Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

This topic covers child outcomes data analysis and use. For intermediate or advanced learners, particularly those who are responsible for or interested in data management, interpretation, and reporting. Learners will:

  • Understand child outcomes data for program improvement, including for instruction, resource allocation, and professional development

Trainer and participant materials are listed on the webpage.

Involving Families in the COS Process Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

This topic is for all learners at all levels and addresses the role of families in the COS process and strategies for involving them. Learners will:

  • Understand the role of the family in the team rating
  • Understand how to evaluate a team discussion for quality as relates to family participation

Trainer and participant materials are listed on the webpage.

Increasing the Quality of COSF Data

Type: 
Training Resource
Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

This training was conducted with 20-25 TA providers that work in the Texas Regional Service Centers in increasing the quality of the child outcomes data collected using the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF). Information and activities related to choosing formal assessment instruments that inform the COSF process, refresher training on the COSF, video and written activities related to reviewing the quality of completed COSFs. 

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