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Screening & Assessment

All children who are referred to the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia system are offered a developmental screening, vision and hearing screenings. These screenings help the early intervention team determine if a child may be eligible for supports and services through the Part C system. Assessment for eligibility may be offered if eligibility cannot be determined based on a review of screening information, medical records review, etc.


Assessment for service planning occurs once a child is found eligible for supports and services. The assessment process provides valuable information that the IFSP team, including the family, uses to develop IFSP outcomes and determine appropriate services to support families as they encourage the development of their children.


On this page, you will find resources related to early intervention screening and assessment.


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Archived Webinars | Articles & Handouts | Tools | Presentations/Training Curricula | Audio/Video | Online Learning | Websites & Programs

Archived Webinars

Talks on Tuesdays

Beyond the Snapshot: Understanding and Using Family Outcome Data

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Kyla Patterson, Anne Brager, Sharlene Stowers, and Beth Tolley

This archived webinar provides information about federally required family outcomes including how the family survey is used to measure Virginia's performance on these outcomes. An explanation is provided about scoring and interpretation of the family survey results. Use of the results for improvement planning, as well as resources to assist with this, is discussed. Click the link above to visit the 2015 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.

Using Informed Clinical Opinion During Eligibility Determination

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Beverly Crouse and Kyla Patterson

This webinar provides a definition of informed clinical opinion, key components, and its use during eligibility determination. Click the link above to visit the 2010-2011 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.



Articles and Handouts

A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process (external website | pdf)
National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER Center

This guide was developed in collaboration with the ECTA Center. Using common language and speaking directly to families, the guide explains the three OSEP child outcomes and how families can be part of the measurement process.

Bailey et al. (2006). Recommended outcomes for families of young children with disabilities. Journal of Early Intervention, 28(4), 227-251. (external website | pdf)
This article provides an overview of the child and family outcomes process developed from the work of the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

De Sam Lazaro, S. L. (2017). The importance of authentic assessments in eligibility
determination for infants and toddlers.
Journal of Early Intervention. (Online First).
This article describes a pilot project which examined current evaluation practices using norm-referenced and authentic assessment tools.

The Decision Tree: Child Indicator Seeds for Success

Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia

These handouts address questions, provide information, and describe strategies to help early intervention team members integrate the child outcome indicators into their practices.


Here are the handouts that relate to assessment:

2014 - The Decision Tree Archives ZIP


For the full list of handouts, visit the Tools of the Trade page.

Decision Tree for Summary Ratings Discussions (external website | pdf)
ECTA Center
This resource is designed to assist assessment teams in determining a child’s rating in the three child outcome areas.

Macy, M. (2012). The evidence behind developmental screening instruments. Infants & Young Children, 25(1), 19-61.

This research synthesis is a review of the literature on developmental screening measures used to identify young children with delays. Research on 14 commonly used tools to screen infants, toddlers, and preschoolers was examined. Findings may assist users and consumers in identifying developmental screening measures that have a body of evidence.

Overview of the Child Outcomes Summary Process (external website | pdf)

ECTA Center
This Q&A document reflects the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center’s current thinking on the use of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process.

Quik Reference Guides

These quik reference guides provide information about eligibility criteria in Virginia and about the three OSEP child outcomes. See your local system manager to request copies, or just print them out from the pdfs below. Please request permission for use or distribution outside of the Infant & Toddler Connection of VA system.


ITC of VA Eligibility Criteria and Diagnosed Conditions PDF

OSEP Child Outcomes PDF | HTML




Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) (external website)

The ASQ is now available free online courtesy of Easter Seals.

ASQ-3 Age Calculator (external website)

If your program uses the ASQ to conduct developmental screenings, you might find this free resource handy. The ASQ age calculator will help you determine the child’s age and which questionnaire to use. You can also use the calculator to help you determine a premature child’s adjusted age.

Child Indicators Booklet (external website)

Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia

February 2014

This booklet was designed to provide service coordinators, providers and families with guidance in determining how a child is functioning in relation to his same aged peers in three functional areas: 1) positive social-emotional skills and relationships; 2) acquisition and use of new knowledge and skills; and 3) use of appropriate behaviors to meet needs (taking actions to get needs met). These functional areas match the three child outcome indicators designated by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers)
The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a validated developmental screening tool for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. It is designed to identify children who may benefit from a more thorough developmental and autism evaluation. The M-CHAT can be administered and scored as part of a well-child check-up, and also can be used by specialists or other professionals to screen for developmental delay and autism.

Online Training Courses in Administration of the HELP and the Carolina

Visit this site for information about two online assessment training courses to learn procedures for administration of two early childhood assessment instruments:

  • Hawaii Early Learning Profile® (HELP®) Birth-Three Years by VORT Corporation;
  • The Carolina Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs by Brookes Publishing

According to the website, these trainings are made possible through collaboration with the publishers of these instruments.

Outcomes Measurement: Instrument Crosswalks (external website)

The Early Childhood Outcomes Center

Visit this site for links to crosswalks created by the ECO center for a large variety of screening and assessment tools and the OSEP child outcome indicators. Some of the assessment tools for which you will find a crosswalk include: ASQ, ELAP, HELP, AEPS, and the BDI.

Prematurity Screening Checklist  PDF | DOC

This checklist was developed by the Infant & Toddler Connection of Hampton-Newport News to assist practitioners as they screen infants who were born prematurely. While many premature infants will be automatically eligible for supports and services (i.e., if they had a gestational age less than or equal to 28 weeks and/or had a NICU stay of greater than or equal to 28 days), this screening may provide qualitative information to the assessment and IFSP teams to assist them in developing the most appropriate IFSP for the child and family.

Talking to Families of Infants and Toddlers about Developmental Delays (external website)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

This handout provides guidance to infant/toddler caregivers or teachers about how to discuss concerns about a child’s development with the child’s parents.



Presentations/Training Curricula

Module 4: Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment Procedures (external website)

Building the Legacy for Our Youngest Children with Disabilities: A Training Curriculum on Part C of IDEA 2004

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

This module takes a detailed look at what the Part C regulations require in terms of the procedures to be used in screening, evaluating, and assessing babies and toddlers in Part C. Also discussed are the required procedures for conducting the voluntary family-directed assessment. This module is part of a training curriculum that covers the early intervention process. Each module includes a slide show, trainer’s guide, handouts and activity sheets for participants. Visit the site to see the full list of modules.

Outcomes Measurement: Professional Development (external website)

Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center

Visit this site for streaming presentations, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, trainer scripts and video resources on the following general topics:

  • Why Collect Outcomes Data?
  • Understanding the Three Child Outcomes
  • Assessing the Three Child Outcomes
  • Integrating Outcomes



Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention (external website)

Results Matter Video Library – Colorado Dept. of Education
This video features a physical therapist discussing how the use of authentic assessment (observing the child in her natural environment and discussing her development with her family) enhances her early intervention work.

Child Outcomes Step by Step (external website)

Edelman, L. (Producer). (2011). Child Outcomes Step By Step (Video). Published collaboratively by Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education; Desired Results access Project, Napa County Office of Education; and Early Childhood Outcomes Center. This 8 minute video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes adopted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and reported on by all state early intervention (Part C) and preschool special education (Part B/619) programs as part of their Annual Performance Report (APR). The video explains functioning necessary for each child to be an active and successful participant at home, in the community, and in other places like a child care program or preschool.

Video - Early Intervention: A Routines-Based Approach
Part 3: Changing the Mindset Early Intervention Assessment using the MEISR
MEISR Community of Practice - Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia
This video provides an example of how the MEISR can be implementing during an assessment for service planning. Special thanks to the Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia Beach who recorded this video.

Video - Lilly Assessment VideoLily’s Assessment & IFSP Development

This video features an assessment and IFSP team conducting a real-world assessment and initial IFSP development meeting with Lily and her grandmother. The process used by the professional team members to summarize the assessment findings using the three OSEP child outcomes as a framework is highlighted. The open-ended questions used to facilitate the IFSP outcome development process are also highlighted.


To help trainers, faculty, and supervisors use this video for professional development, a Video Reflection Guide is also available, which includes summaries of the video sections and reflection questions which can be used to guide discussion.

What is Authentic Assessment? (external website)

Results Matter Video Library – Colorado Dept. of Education
Watch this video to learn more about the features of authentic assessment as used in early intervention and the early childhood environments.



Online Learning

Aligning CONNECT Modules with OSEP Indicators and Outcomes (external website)

The TA&D Network's center, CONNECT, has developed a document to show how the content, activities and resources of CONNECT Modules can be used by professional development providers to help states make progress towards some of the OSEP Indicators.

Birth-Five Evaluation and Assessment Module (external website)
Maryland State Dept. of Education
This module provides an overview of evaluation and assessment, including sections entitled: 1) Early Childhood Outcomes/Foundations; 2) Recommended Practices, including family partnerships, cultural sensitivity, authentic & functional assessment, multidimensional approaches, and ongoing assessment; and 3) Putting It All Together, including gathering info from families, synthesizing assessment info, and data-informed decision-making.

Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Module: Collecting & Using Data to Improve Programs
(external website)

The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

This self-paced online learning module provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making.

Child Outcomes Summary Team Collaboration (COS-TC) Toolkit
EDIS, DaSY, and ECTA Center
The COS-TC Toolkit Online Learning Experience contains a checklist of quality practices, a detailed description of each practice, and examples of the quality practices in action. You can apply your knowledge by watching video clips of COS team meetings with families and rate team practices using the COS-TC checklist. The content is intended for those who have completed the COS Process Module: Collecting & Using Data to Improve Programs, as well as for trainers supporting teams in the COS process.

Evaluation & Assessment for Children in Bilingual Environments (external website)

Texas Early Childhood Intervention

This free 3-part webinar series features 1-hour recordings on assessment of bilingual children and addresses cultural considerations and differences vs. disorders in speech and language development.

Module 2: Initial and Ongoing Functional Assessment (external website)

Washington State Department of Early Learning

This module includes web presentations, videos, and handouts that address five lessons: introduction to functional assessment, gathering information, functional assessment, communicating assessment results to families, and ongoing assessment. This module is one of a 3-part series of modules which address foundations of EI, assessment, and developing IFSPs.

Online Courses for Administering the HELP and the Carolina Assessments (external website)
Kentucky Partnership for Early Childhood Services
These two online assessment training courses are available (for a fee) to help practitioners learn procedures for administration of the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) Birth-Three Years (VORT Corp)and The Carolina Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs (Brookes). These trainings were developed in collaboration with the publishers of each assessment instrument.


Websites & Programs

Virginia’s System for Determination of Child Progress (external website)

Infant & Toddler Connection of VA

On this page you will find a variety of links and resources related to determining child progress on the OSEP child outcomes indicators.



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