ADOS-2

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition, ADOS-2, is a gold standard diagnostic tool used to help assess for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The ADOS-2 delves into the key indicators of autism, including communication, social interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviors..

ADOS-2

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition, ADOS-2, is a gold standard diagnostic tool used to help assess for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The ADOS-2 delves into the key indicators of autism, including communication, social interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviors.

What is ADOS-2?

Gold Standard

The effectiveness of the ADOS-2 has been widely supported in research. It is both a reliable, and sensitive tool for picking up on symptoms related to autism. Because of this, it is considered one of the gold standard tools in helping to identify autism.

Play-based

The ADOS-2 is play-based, and involves activities based on the child’s age and communication ability. Kids have fun during the assessment- it is not like a usual doctor’s visit. While engaging with the child, the examiner makes careful observations in key areas. Depending on the child’s age and communication abilities, parents may or may not participate in the assessment.
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Standardized

The ADOS-2 is a standardized assessment, meaning everything from the way the examiner engages, the activities completed, materials used, and scoring, are done in a standard, consistent way. Following the assessment, the clinician completes a standardized scoring process.

What is ADOS-2?

Gold Standard

The effectiveness of the ADOS-2 has been widely supported in research. It is both a reliable, and sensitive tool for picking up on symptoms related to autism. Because of this, it is considered one of the gold standard tools in helping to identify autism.

Play-based

The ADOS-2 is play-based, and involves activities based on the child’s age and communication ability. Kids have fun during the assessment- it is not like a usual doctor’s visit. While engaging with the child, the examiner makes careful observations in key areas. Depending on the child’s age and communication abilities, parents may or may not participate in the assessment.
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Standardized

The ADOS-2 is a standardized assessment, meaning everything from the way the examiner engages, the activities completed, materials used, and scoring, are done in a standard, consistent way. Following the assessment, the clinician completes a standardized scoring process.

Our Qualifications

 

Our Assessment Team is led by Licensed Psychologists who take an active role in the training, oversight, and ongoing quality assurance of our ADOS-2 service. Master’s-level clinicians, who meet the ADOS-2 publisher’s qualifications complete the assessment. All clinicians administering the ADOS-2 complete a rigorous training program to meet high clinical standards. Ongoing training and oversight is provided to maintain our clinician’s reliability over time.

Our Qualifications

 

Our Assessment Team is led by Licensed Psychologists who take an active role in the training, oversight, and ongoing quality assurance of our ADOS-2 service. Master’s-level clinicians, who meet the ADOS-2 publisher’s qualifications complete the assessment. All clinicians administering the ADOS-2 complete a rigorous training program to meet high clinical standards. Ongoing training and oversight is provided to maintain our clinician’s reliability over time.

How is ADOS-2 Conducted?

Module Selection.

There are five different ADOS-2 testing “modules” or forms. The module selected determines which activities will be administered. The clinician selects the appropriate module based on the child’s age and communication level.

Administration.

The clinician will work through a series of structured, play-based tasks while observing the child’s social interactions, play skills, behavior, and communication. Administration takes between 30-60 minutes.

Scoring.

Following the assessment, the clinician completes a scoring process. Results are summarized and sent to the doctor for use in their diagnostic process.

How is ADOS-2 Conducted?

Module Selection.

There are five different ADOS-2 testing “modules” or forms. The module selected determines which activities will be administered. The clinician selects the appropriate module based on the child’s age and communication level.

Administration.

The clinician will work through a series of structured, play-based tasks while observing the child’s social interactions, play skills, behavior, and communication. Administration takes between 30-60 minutes.

Scoring.

Following the assessment, the clinician completes a scoring process. Results are summarized and sent to the doctor for use in their diagnostic process.

Use of the ADOS-2

Action Behavior Centers offer the ADOS-2 assessments to provide pediatricians, neurologists, and developmental specialists with useful data when determining whether a child meets criteria for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Results of the ADOS-2 are one piece of information and do not constitute a diagnosis alone. Additional information regarding your child’s development should be used alongside ADOS-2 results. While our ADOS-2 assessment can help as one step towards a potential diagnosis, further steps may be needed, such as additional testing to help clarify diagnosis, or for insurance purposes.

What to Expect

  1. Your child’s doctor makes a referral for an ADOS-2 assessment if there are concerns regarding possible autism. 
  2. Further screening might be completed to determine fit for our ADOS-2 service.
  3. The ADOS-2 assessment will be scheduled and conducted at one of our clinics. 
  4. ABC will fax your child’s ADOS-2 results to their referring doctor to review.
  5. Your child’s doctor will review the ADOS-2 results to determine whether diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is met, or if further testing might be needed to clarify diagnosis. Clinical recommendations will be made. 
  6. Depending on your child’s diagnosis and your specific insurance plan, additional testing may be required for coverage of recommended therapies.

Use of the ADOS-2

Action Behavior Centers offer the ADOS-2 assessments to provide pediatricians, neurologists, and developmental specialists with useful data when determining whether a child meets criteria for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Results of the ADOS-2 are one piece of information and do not constitute a diagnosis alone. Additional information regarding your child’s development should be used alongside ADOS-2 results. While our ADOS-2 assessment can help as one step towards a potential diagnosis, further steps may be needed, such as additional testing to help clarify diagnosis, or for insurance purposes.

What to Expect

  1. Your child’s doctor makes a referral for an ADOS-2 assessment if there are concerns regarding possible autism. 
  2. Further screening might be completed to determine fit for our ADOS-2 service.
  3. The ADOS-2 assessment will be scheduled and conducted at one of our clinics. 
  4. ABC will fax your child’s ADOS-2 results to their referring doctor to review.
  5. Your child’s doctor will review the ADOS-2 results to determine whether diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is met, or if further testing might be needed to clarify diagnosis. Clinical recommendations will be made. 
  6. Depending on your child’s diagnosis and your specific insurance plan, additional testing may be required for coverage of recommended therapies.