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1 Simplifying Reporting of Communication Development Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss Karen Anderson, PhD Florida EHDI Audiology Consultant Coordinator of EI Services for Hearing Impaired Ken McCain, Early Steps Data Coordinator March 26, 2007

2 Federal Pressure to Improve Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 (Public Law ) requires that Federal programs establish measurable goals approved by the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The GPRA Measures for the EHDI program are: The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 (Public Law ) requires that Federal programs establish measurable goals approved by the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The GPRA Measures for the EHDI program are: The number of infants screened prior to discharge The number of infants screened prior to discharge The number with confirmed hearing loss by 3 mos of age The number with confirmed hearing loss by 3 mos of age The number enrolled in an EI program by 6 months The number enrolled in an EI program by 6 months The number with confirmed or suspected hearing loss referred to an ongoing source of comprehensive healthcare (i.e. medical home) The number with confirmed or suspected hearing loss referred to an ongoing source of comprehensive healthcare (i.e. medical home) The number of children with non-syndromic hearing loss who have developmentally appropriate language and communication skills at school entry The number of children with non-syndromic hearing loss who have developmentally appropriate language and communication skills at school entry

3 Quality Indicators (draft JCIH 2006) Quality Indicators for Early Intervention For infants with confirmed hearing loss who qualify for Part C, the percentage for whom parents have signed an IFSP before 6 months of age (for children with acquired or later identified hearing loss, the percentage for whom parents have signed an IFSP within 45 days of the diagnosis). For infants with confirmed hearing loss who qualify for Part C, the percentage for whom parents have signed an IFSP before 6 months of age (for children with acquired or later identified hearing loss, the percentage for whom parents have signed an IFSP within 45 days of the diagnosis). Recommended benchmark is 90%.

4 Quality Indicators (draft JCIH 2006) Quality Indicators for Early Intervention Percent of infants with confirmed hearing loss who receive the first developmental assessment using standardized assessment protocols (not criterion reference checklists) for language, speech and non-verbal cognitive development by 12 months of age Percent of infants with confirmed hearing loss who receive the first developmental assessment using standardized assessment protocols (not criterion reference checklists) for language, speech and non-verbal cognitive development by 12 months of age Recommended benchmark is 90%

5 Yep – more still from JCIH 2006 Spoken and/or sign language development should be commensurate with the childs age and cognitive abilities Spoken and/or sign language development should be commensurate with the childs age and cognitive abilities Early-intervention programs must assess the language, cognitive skills, auditory skills, speech, and social-emotional development of all children with hearing loss at 6 month intervals during the first 3 years of life, using assessment tools standardized on children with normal hearing. Early-intervention programs must assess the language, cognitive skills, auditory skills, speech, and social-emotional development of all children with hearing loss at 6 month intervals during the first 3 years of life, using assessment tools standardized on children with normal hearing.

6 Yep – more still from JCIH 2006 While criterion referenced checklists may provide valuable information for establishing intervention strategies and goals, these assessment tools alone are not sufficient for parents and intervention providers to determine whether a childs developmental progress is comparable to hearing peers. While criterion referenced checklists may provide valuable information for establishing intervention strategies and goals, these assessment tools alone are not sufficient for parents and intervention providers to determine whether a childs developmental progress is comparable to hearing peers.

7 Advantages of a state Communication Development Monitoring Protocol Consistent biannual assessment protocol in state Consistent biannual assessment protocol in state Involves parents in all aspects of data gathering Involves parents in all aspects of data gathering Provides data-based information to parent and team on which to base decisions about services Provides data-based information to parent and team on which to base decisions about services Provides information that can be used to analyze child outcomes on an individual, regional, and statewide basis (demands for accountability, outcomes measures federally) Provides information that can be used to analyze child outcomes on an individual, regional, and statewide basis (demands for accountability, outcomes measures federally) Children transition to Part B with a documented history showing rate of development Children transition to Part B with a documented history showing rate of development Parent involvement leads to more informed advocacy and fairer expectations for student development and learning Parent involvement leads to more informed advocacy and fairer expectations for student development and learning

8 Components of Floridas CDM Collection and biannual updating of demographic and hearing and service related information Collection and biannual updating of demographic and hearing and service related information Norm referenced vocabulary checklist (3 levels - customized MacArthur Scales) Norm referenced vocabulary checklist (3 levels - customized MacArthur Scales) Criterion referenced SKI*HI Language Development Scale Criterion referenced SKI*HI Language Development Scale Auditory Skills Checklist Auditory Skills Checklist Parent Interview Progress Report Parent Interview Progress Report

9 Vocabulary Checklist

10 Language Development Scale (LDS)

11 Auditory Skills Checklist

12 Parent Interview Progress Report Inquires about practices related to providing communication access. If a child is not progressing at the desired rate it may be due to family skills or consistency in providing access to language and/or sound.

13 New way to report CDM results! Providers complained of paper report forms and faxing Providers complained of paper report forms and faxing Providers complained of having to look at norm charts for vocabulary test results Providers complained of having to look at norm charts for vocabulary test results Providers confused about how to obtain information to indicate growth in expressive vocabulary per 6-month period Providers confused about how to obtain information to indicate growth in expressive vocabulary per 6-month period EVERYONE WANTED AN E-VERSION! EVERYONE WANTED AN E-VERSION! kids.com/SHINE/shineCommunicationDev.htm kids.com/SHINE/shineCommunicationDev.htm kids.com/SHINE/shineCommunicationDev.htm kids.com/SHINE/shineCommunicationDev.htm

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22 Submitting the CDM Report Person prints out a copy Person prints out a copy Enter service coordinator address Enter service coordinator address Service coordinator receives an abbreviated report Service coordinator receives an abbreviated report Submit button at bottom directs an that sends the data to an Excel data sheet at the state office Submit button at bottom directs an that sends the data to an Excel data sheet at the state office

23 General Information Baseline or Review: baseline Submitted by: LH Completion Date: Child Unique ID: XXXXXXXX28 Birth Month: 03/06 Early Steps Region: Gold Coast Hearing Loss checked for progression: 3_months Degree of Hearing Loss - Left Ear: 41-55dB Degree of Hearing Loss - Right Ear: 41-55dB Gender: Male SHINE Vocabulary Checklist Total raw score for production: 0 Percentile Rank: below 5th 50th Percentile Rank occurs at age: Below 8 Language Development Scale Highest Receptive Unit attained: 2 Highest Expressive Unit attained: 4 Auditory Skills Checklist Total number of skills Acquired: 6 Total number of skills Inconsistent: 0 Total number of skills Emerging: 3 Report received by service Coordinator Used in 6-month periodic IFSP progress report

24 Now the hard part – making sure the CDM information is submitted for every young child with hearing loss! A FINAL WORD: Another state could certainly use the source code for their own CDM but they would need to process the forms their own way. The code would need to be modified to fit the states individual needs. QUESTIONS? For more information on SHINE materials go to


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