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EITP Fall 2015 Newsletter
News and Updates
Measuring Child Outcomes: Tools for Success

Child Outcomes can best be described as the benefits experienced as a result of the services and supports provided to a child and family. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has identified 3 Child Outcomes expected as a result of participating in early intervention:

1) positive social-emotional skills,

2) acquisition and use of knowledge and skills, and

3) use of appropriate action to meet needs.

Measuring child outcomes is one way for families, early interventionists, and programs to know if a child is progressing and if the intervention strategies are effective in supporting the child’s everyday functional skills across a variety of settings. This process provides a consistent way for teams to identify progress relative to age-expected behavior.

Many teams have described the difficulty with determining how to represent the child’s performance across the three child outcomes. Fortunately, there is a tool called the decision tree that can support teams in making determinations of each child’s status and progress and can improve the consistency of the ratings across IFSP teams.

The decision tree is easy to use- it’s simply a series of questions about the extent to which a child exhibits age-appropriate skills and behaviors in each outcome area. Responses guide the user to a specific rating category on the scale. The team compares each child’s developmental status to age expectations on a scale that ranges from “Not Yet” to “Completely.” Teams can use the decision tree to guide the rating process.

The Decision Tree PDF can be downloaded and printed by clicking on the following link:

Source:  Outcomes Measurement: Child Outcomes Summary Process ( The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes for Young Children with Disabilities and their Families)

Family Outcomes Survey 
Family Outcomes Surveys will be going out soon!

The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) will soon be sending Family Outcomes Surveys to the parents of children who have exited early intervention services between Feb 2015-June 2015!

What you can do!

To help improve return rates, we need your help! Families trust providers and service coordinators so we ask that you let families know that an important survey will be mailed to their homes after they exit the EI system.

  • You should tell them about the importance of their feedback to help the EI system deliver better services to current and future infants, toddlers and their families.
  • Please encourage families to complete and return the surveys, and let them know that they can contact EITP with any questions or for assistance in completing the survey.  Spanish speaking staff is available to work with families.
  • By continuing to expand the number of families completing and returning surveys, we should soon be able to better understand the benefits of early intervention for both children and their families.

To learn more about Child Outcomes, please visit our EITP Resource page at

Registration Open for the EITP Assessment Institute

Build your skills in obtaining assessment information that is an accurate representation of a child's true abilities!  Whether determining eligibility, designing a new IFSP, or collecting ongoing assessment information about a child's progress over time, this linked series informs and supports evidence based recommended practices to enhance your knowledge of developmentally appropriate assessment practices in your work in EI, while considering the roadblocks and challenges you face!

The Institute will be held over 4 days : 10/9, 10/26, 11/19, and 12/8. Attendence is required for all days to receive the following credit:

20.0 EI credential hours in Assessment
5.0 EI credential hours in Typical Development
25.0 hours of State continuing educational (CE) credit

To register, please visit

New Early Learning Site

The U.S. Department of Education recently launched a new Early Learning site.  The goal for the new site is to help improve the health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes for all young children, particularly those with high needs.  There are many resources to support your work with families, but we thought we would highlight these great tip sheets – they are all in English and Spanish!  

The U.S. Departments Education and Health and Human Services, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, have created the "Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day" tip sheets. Made specifically for families, caregivers and early interventionists, these resources can help enrich a child's early language experiences by providing research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.

Check them out and see if there are any you would like to share with your families:

Resources around Language
TED Talk on Linguistic Genuis of Babies

Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world. In fact, this video has been viewed over a million times!  To view video or learn more, please visit

5 Tips for Baby Conversations

Conversation is key to language development!  Thankfully, the Urban Child Institute has put together 5 easy tips around conservations with babies and toddlers! 

Visit the following link to learn more, or to share on social media with families or colleagues too:

Practice Guide for Families: Gestures and Signs

Is your child making eye contact, pointing to objects, babbling, or smiling to try to tell you something? Teaching your child simple gestures and signs can make it easier for her to communicate. It can help her make the connection between communicating what's on her mind and getting what she wants. The following video and accompanying PDF (Gestures and Signs) can help families better communicate with their child!


Resources You Can Use
Additional Practice Guides for Families That Support Interactions

ECTA Center has posted Practice Guides for practitioners to share with families around Interaction!  The Practice Guides are formatted for print as well as for viewing on mobile devices, and include great videos! 

The "Gestures and Signs" Practice Guide is one example of what is available at

SAMHSA Depression in Mothers
Tips for Supporting Depressed Mothers

New mothers are vulnerable to depression, which can cause isolation and a strong sense of being overwhelmed.  As an EI provider, you may one of the few people who maybe able to help her! 

This resource is useful, because it provides tips and tools for working with mothers who may be depressed (see page 5-11 in particular).

To download the PDF guide, please visit

EITP Online Trainings
New EITP Online Training Page

Finding the EITP online trainings just got easier!  We created a new site that has a listing of our current online training offerings.

The site also has a guide for new users called the "online road map" and a link to our FAQ page about online trainings.

Please bookmark our new online training event site:

But How Do I Get Into Moodle?

We all know the Moodle registration process can be a little difficult to navigate.  Fortunately, you have a road map!!

EITP has outlined the steps involved in Moodle regstration!  It can be found on the EITP Online Event page at

The following road map can which can be downloaded as a PDF at

Upcoming Events
To view upcoming events sponsored by EITP please visit


EITP Sponsored Events

Click on the title of the event to register! 


 Event  and Registration Link



"Baby Steps and Building Block" - Infant/Toddler Development Institute - Day 1 (Institute requires 4 days of attendance - 9/18, 10/2, 10/15 and 10/27)



Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention 



System Overview for Bilingual Interpreters and Translators in Illinois Early Intervention (Training requires 3 days of attendance - 9/21-9/23)

Chicago Heights


Online Systems Overview One-Day Follow-Up



The Art of Assessment for Assistive Technology in Illinois Early Intervention

Mt. Vernon



Building Bridges: The Transition Process from Early Intervention to Early Childhood

Arlington Heights


Infant/Toddler Assessment Institute - "Developmentally Appropriate Practices" - Day 1  (Institute requires 4 days of attendance - 10/9, 10/26, 11/19, and 12/8)



Online Systems Overview One-Day Follow-Up 



Building Bridges: The Transition Process from EI to ECSE Services



Beyond Mandated Reporting: Building Resiliency with Families

Live Webinar


Online Systems Overview One-Day Follow-Up 

 Chicago (Erikson Institute)


Building Bridges: The Transition Process From Early Intervention To Early Childhood

 Oak Forest


The Modern Family (Event requires 2 days - 10/23 and 11/5)



Building Bridges: The Transition Process from Early Intervention to Early Childhood



What's on the Web? Family Violence Resource Toolkit 

Live Webinar



Building Bridges: The Transition Process from Early Intervention to Early Childhood



Easy Adaptations in Everyday Activities and Settings 



Partnering for Success: Foundational Institute (Event requires 4 days: 11/6, 11/19, 12/2, and 12/15)



Measuring the Success of Early Intervention  



Making the Connection: Using the Evaluation & Assessment Process to Guide Functional Outcome Planning with Families 



Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Creating Supportive and Inclusive Environments 

Live Webinar


Online Systems Overview One-Day Follow-Up

Mt. Vernon


Online Systems Overview One-Day Follow-Up 




Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Enriching Social Emotional Literacy 

Live Webinar


Don't miss these upcoming conferences!  Many conference sessions include Illinois Early Intervention credit!