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ADOS-2 Upgrading Workshop

ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, play/imaginative use of materials and restricted and repetitive behaviours for individuals who have been referred because of possible autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Fundamentally new to the ADOS-2 than ADOS-G are the procedures involved in the algorithm computation and the Comparison Score for Module 1 through 3 which were revised on the basis of the findings of recent validation research. The new Comparison Score provides a way of indicating a participant’s level of autism spectrum related symptomatology and it can also be used to interpret an individual’s own change in autism spectrum related symptoms over time. ADOS-2 also includes a Toddler Module, which is designed for very young children who do not use phrase speech but who are between the ages of 12 and 30 months. The Toddler Module has its own algorithms that provide “ranges of concern” instead of cutoff scores. A variety of specialists will use the ADOS 2, their use of results in writing reports and making recommendations to inform medical diagnoses, special education classification and occupational therapists and speech and hearing professionals might use for treatment planning.

The half-day ADOS-2 Upgrading Workshop for clinicians is now available through the Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin.

Interested participants should have PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED ADOS training in TCD or elsewhere.

This course is most useful to professionals who are using ADOS in their clinical practice.

For those interested in attending the ADOS-2 Upgrading Workshop, please contact us by email - ADOS.training@tcd.ie

Enquiries to Dr. Nadia Bolshakova.
T: +353 1 896 2144
F: +353 1 896 3405
E: ADOS.training@tcd.ie

 

ADOS Reliability Workshop

The Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule (ADOS) is an observational assessment used to support the diagnosis of children and young people with an autistic spectrum disorder. Individuals who have previously attended ADOS training may be interested in the ADOS Reliability Workshop. This workshop will offer professionals using ADOS in their clinical practice to attend practice scoring sessions and scoring discussions and to establish reliability on ADOS scoring. This workshop is particularly suitable for professionals using ADOS who do not have the opportunity to engage in reliability exercises with colleagues. It is also suitable to professionals who are starting to use ADOS and would like more practice with ADOS scoring and the opportunity to discuss scoring with trainers. The workshop does not provide reliability in ADOS for the research setting.

Interested participants should have previously completed ADOS training in TCD or elsewhere. This course is most useful to professionals who are using ADOS in their clinical practice. The course provides a necessary step in training for clinicians who wish to achieve reliability with others using the measure. This advanced level workshop involves intensive instruction on the psychometrics of the instrument and discussion and questions/answers about specific administration and coding issues.

Participants will be required to watch and code two video ADOS assessments. Each participant's codebook will be reviewed by a facilitator and a certificate of attendance will be awarded based on accurate scoring of the assessments.

For those interested in attending the training, please complete the application form and email it back to ADOS.training@tcd.ie. Download application form the ADOS-2 webpage.

Autism Awareness: Screening and Complexities Workshop

The workshop aims to support professionals in their decision making and communication skills around screening and onward referral for autism spectrum disorders and associated emotional, behavioural and health difficulties.  The purpose of this workshop is to

  • Educate general healthcare professionals on the signs and symptoms of ASD across the age range and in hard to diagnose groups;
  • Gain understanding of the perspectives of patients and families and how to communicate with families about the need for autism assessment;
  • Clarify the roles of the MDT members in autism diagnosis and treatment;
  • Provide examples of complex clinical presentations and approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

The workshop is aimed at health and education professionals who work with people with autism spectrum disorders.  There will be multi-disciplinary talks and group-based discussions to facilitate shared clinical experience.

Enquiries to Dr. Nadia Bolshakova: Email: bolshakn@tcd.ie (preferable)
  Tel: (01) 896 2144 / 089 977 2104
  Fax: (01) 896 3405