Autism and Your Child

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ADOS Training

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS WPS Version; Lord, Rutter, DiLavore, & Risi, 1999) is a semi-structured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, and play or imaginative use of materials for individuals who have been referred because of possible autism or other pervasive developmental disorders. The training workshops are designed for practitioners who are experienced in working with and assessing individuals with autism using other diagnostic tools. Through a combination of didactic training and experiential work using the ADOS with an individual child, participants will gain confidence in the use of this tool. The goals of training include, but are not limited to, establishing an efficient administration of the ADOS as part of a comprehensive psychological assessment per Department of Developmental Services Best Practice Guidelines (2002).

Training opportunities:
  • 2-Day Clinical: This training is available to providers who want to observe the measure and familiarize themselves with how the measure is used and scored. This training is often provided for large groups.
  • 2-Day Hands-On Training (also considered for scoring reliability This training is provided to small groups who have either attended a clinical training or who have observed and practiced administration of the ADOS and wish to obtain further training to insure the fidelity of their administration and the reliability of their coding.
  • 4 Day Training combines the 2-Day Clinical and 2-Day Research trainings.

Participants will be able to:
  • Learn the essential features, and the advantages and disadvantages, of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) as a measure of social communication and behavior.
  • Identify the variables that need to be considered in determining which module of the ADOS to use: mental age, chronological age, expressive language abilities.
  • Learn the purpose of, and the focus of observation for, each of the tasks within each of the four modules
  • Learn how the qualitative information obtained through ADOS administration (child’s language and communication, reciprocal social interaction, play, stereotyped behaviors and restricted interests) is quantified for ADOS scoring.