ADOS-2

The ADOS-2 is a diagnostic tool that’s considered the gold-standard measure for evaluating children who may be on the autism spectrum.

ADOS-2

The ADOS-2 is a diagnostic tool that’s considered the gold-standard measure for evaluating children who may be on the autism spectrum.

What is ADOS-2?

Gold Standard

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

Play-based

The ADOS-2 assessment is very natural and play-based. It’s not like going to a regular doctor’s office and getting poked and prodded – kids have fun at our centers. A variety of different toys and activities are used during the assessment that make it fun.

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Scoring

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

What is ADOS-2?

Gold Standard

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

Play-based

The ADOS-2 assessment is very natural and play-based. It’s not like going to a regular doctor’s office and getting poked and prodded – kids have fun at our centers. A variety of different toys and activities are used during the assessment that make it fun.

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Scoring

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

What Areas of Development Does ADOS Evaluate?

ADOS assessments examine a variety of different areas of development including:

Language

Communication

Social Skills and Responses

Play Skills

Repetitive Behaviors

What Areas of Development Does ADOS Evaluate?

ADOS assessments examine a variety of different areas of development including:

Language

Communication

Social Skills and Responses

Play Skills

Repetitive Behaviors

Our Qualifications

 

Our Assessment Department is led by a team of Licensed Psychologists and Doctorate-level Behavior Analysts who take an active role in ongoing training, oversight, and assessment. Master’s-level Board Certified Behavior Analysts conduct ADOS-2 assessments as part of our assessment team. All clinicians conducting ADOS-2 assessments at our centers go through a rigorous training program to meet high clinical standards. Ongoing training is provided to maintain our clinician’s reliability, and a large percentage of our team has completed advanced, research-level clinical training by certified ADOS-2 trainers.

Our Qualifications

 

Our Assessment Department is led by a team of Licensed Psychologists and Doctorate-level Behavior Analysts who take an active role in ongoing training, oversight, and assessment. Master’s-level Board Certified Behavior Analysts conduct ADOS-2 assessments as part of our assessment team. All clinicians conducting ADOS-2 assessments at our centers go through a rigorous training program to meet high clinical standards. Ongoing training is provided to maintain our clinician’s reliability, and a large percentage of our team has completed advanced, research-level clinical training by certified ADOS-2 trainers.

How is ADOS-2 Conducted?

The ADOS-2 is conducted by one of our knowledgeable clinicians. Depending on the child’s age and how much they’re talking, the parent might join the assessment. Each one of our centers is equipped with all necessary materials and stimuli required to run the assessment with accuracy.

There are 4 different ADOS testing modules.

The clinician will select the appropriate module based on the child’s age and communication level.

Observation period of task completion.

The clinician will work through a series of structured and semi-structured tasks to observe the child’s social interactions, play skills, and communication.

After assessment, scoring begins.

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

How is ADOS-2 Conducted?

The ADOS-2 is conducted by one of our knowledgeable clinicians. Depending on the child’s age and how much they’re talking, the parent might join the assessment. Each one of our centers is equipped with all necessary materials and stimuli required to run the assessment with accuracy.

There are 4 different ADOS testing modules.

The clinician will select the appropriate module based on the child’s age and communication level.

Observation period of task completion.

The clinician will work through a series of structured and semi-structured tasks to observe the child’s social interactions, play skills, and communication.

After assessment, scoring begins.

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

Modifications due to Covid-19

We have made necessary modifications to our ADOS-2 assessments during Covid-19. This includes the use of a face mask worn by the examiner as well as safety measures including temperature checks and limiting the number of adults in the assessment room. We have followed guidance from the test publisher and author regarding modifications to standardized administration and in lieu of formal scores, provide a thorough review of behavioral observations in areas assessed.

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Modifications due to Covid-19

We have made necessary modifications to our ADOS-2 assessments during Covid-19. This includes the use of a face mask worn by the examiner as well as safety measures including temperature checks and limiting the number of adults in the assessment room. We have followed guidance from the test publisher and author regarding modifications to standardized administration and in lieu of formal scores, provide a thorough review of behavioral observations in areas assessed.

What to Expect

Action Behavior Centers offer the ADOS-2 assessment to the community free of charge to help pediatricians, neurologists, and developmental specialists determine whether a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is necessary for a child. Here’s what to expect throughout the process:

These are the things that work to help many children overcome the challenges associated with autism:

Contact Us

Call your preferred testing location to learn more about the ADOS assessment and scheduling process.

Screening Tool

Fill out an M-CHAT Autism Screening Tool (children under 3 years of age) or Pre-Assessment Screening (children 3 and older).

Paperwork

Complete ADOS-2 Intake Paperwork prior to scheduled appointment time or arrive 10 minutes early to complete paperwork at the center.

ADOS Evaluation

The ADOS evaluation will last around 45 minutes to an hour. It’s a natural and play-based assessment.

ABC will fax your child’s ADOS results to your child’s pediatrician, neurologist, or developmental pediatrician to review.

Your child’s physician will review the ADOS-2 summary to determine whether diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is met.

What to Expect

Action Behavior Centers offer the ADOS-2 assessment to the community free of charge to help pediatricians, neurologists, and developmental specialists determine whether a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is necessary for a child. Here’s what to expect throughout the process:

These are the things that work to help many children overcome the challenges associated with autism:

Contact Us

Call your preferred testing location to learn more about the ADOS assessment and scheduling process.

Screening Tool

Fill out an M-CHAT Autism Screening Tool (children under 3 years of age) or Pre-Assessment Screening (children 3 and older).

Paperwork

Complete ADOS-2 Intake Paperwork prior to scheduled appointment time or arrive 10 minutes early to complete paperwork at the center.

ADOS Evaluation

The ADOS evaluation will last around 45 minutes to an hour. It’s a natural and play-based assessment.

ABC will fax your child’s ADOS results to your child’s pediatrician, neurologist, or developmental pediatrician to review.

Your child’s physician will review the ADOS-2 summary to determine whether diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is met.

Frequently Asked Questions about ABA Therapy

From the Clinical Team at Action Behavior Centers

Is ABA Proven?

Yes. Dozens, if not hundreds, of published, peer-reviewed studies have examined ABA for more than 3 decades. High-quality, intensive, evidence-based ABA interventions have helped 40-50% of diagnosed children to return to mainstreamed classrooms (Helt et al., 2008, Lovaas, 1987). Meta-analyses confirm reliable change in IQ and adaptive behavior from ABA, with intensity in hours predicting the level of gain.

Does Insurance Pay for ABA Therapy?

Yes, private insurance pays for ABA therapy with no cap on benefits. Forty hours of therapy a week can be provided at a limited cost to the family for children up to age 10 with Autism Spectrum Disorder as the primary diagnosis.

What Insurance Plans Do We Accept?

We accept all major private health insurance. Medicaid does not provide any coverage for ABA therapy at this time, but this may change in the next year or two.

How About Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy?

We are strong believers in a comprehensive approach to a child’s developmental needs. Our ABA curriculum is customized to incorporate many aspects of ST and OT. Many children on the spectrum are non-verbal and will benefit from ABA’s approach to language. Speech therapy is beneficial for children who already have the vocal ability but struggle with fluency and articulation. ABA therapy focuses on teaching different functions of language that are key for teaching a non-verbal child how to communicate. Occupational therapy addresses motor deficits, adaptive skills, and sensory issues for children with ASD. These areas can be addressed in ABA as well and also teach coping strategies for children with severe sensory processing issues. In the case of severe physical impairments, OT offers a unique and indispensable approach.

Some Pediatricians Refer Patients with a High M-CHAT Score only to Neurology. Why Change?

Specialists are essential in cases where a differential diagnosis may be suspected and the etiology of a child’s delay is especially complex. However, the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is often clearly met even when comorbidities are present.

Some Pediatricians Refer Patients with a High M-CHAT Score only to Neurology. Why Change?

Specialists are essential in cases where a differential diagnosis may be suspected and the etiology of a child’s delay is especially complex. However, the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is often clearly met even when comorbidities are present.

A high M-CHAT score followed by an ADOS-2 driven analysis by an experienced BCBA/ Pediatrician team at Action Behavior Centers can resolve the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and get ABA therapy started sooner for the child. Our perspective is that Neuro visits should not be canceled if they are appropriate, and they should be scheduled concurrently with a referral to Action Behavior Centers for a diagnostic assessment, diagnosis, and/ or ABA therapy.

Our Pediatrician consultant and BCBAs work collaboratively to look for signs of Rett, Williams, Tourette’s, Down syndrome, and Tuberous Sclerosis during our evaluation, and we maintain continuity of care with the referring pediatrician and neurologists, behavioral pediatricians, and geneticist. Our goal is to speed up a primary diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder if appropriate, support additional diagnosis as applicable, and offer no delay ABA therapy while neuroplasticity is high in toddlers and young children.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about ABA Therapy

From the Clinical Team at Action Behavior Centers

Is ABA Proven?

Yes. Dozens, if not hundreds, of published, peer-reviewed studies have examined ABA for more than 3 decades. High-quality, intensive, evidence-based ABA interventions have helped 40-50% of diagnosed children to return to mainstreamed classrooms (Helt et al., 2008, Lovaas, 1987). Meta-analyses confirm reliable change in IQ and adaptive behavior from ABA, with intensity in hours predicting the level of gain.

Does Insurance Pay for ABA Therapy?

Yes, private insurance pays for ABA therapy with no cap on benefits. Forty hours of therapy a week can be provided at a limited cost to the family for children up to age 10 with Autism Spectrum Disorder as the primary diagnosis.

What Insurance Plans Do We Accept?

We accept all major private health insurance. Medicaid does not provide any coverage for ABA therapy at this time, but this may change in the next year or two.

How About Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy?

We are strong believers in a comprehensive approach to a child’s developmental needs. Our ABA curriculum is customized to incorporate many aspects of ST and OT. Many children on the spectrum are non-verbal and will benefit from ABA’s approach to language. Speech therapy is beneficial for children who already have the vocal ability but struggle with fluency and articulation. ABA therapy focuses on teaching different functions of language that are key for teaching a non-verbal child how to communicate. Occupational therapy addresses motor deficits, adaptive skills, and sensory issues for children with ASD. These areas can be addressed in ABA as well and also teach coping strategies for children with severe sensory processing issues. In the case of severe physical impairments, OT offers a unique and indispensable approach.

Some Pediatricians Refer Patients with a High M-CHAT Score only to Neurology. Why Change?

Specialists are essential in cases where a differential diagnosis may be suspected and the etiology of a child’s delay is especially complex. However, the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is often clearly met even when comorbidities are present.

Some Pediatricians Refer Patients with a High M-CHAT Score only to Neurology. Why Change?

Specialists are essential in cases where a differential diagnosis may be suspected and the etiology of a child’s delay is especially complex. However, the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is often clearly met even when comorbidities are present.

A high M-CHAT score followed by an ADOS-2 driven analysis by an experienced BCBA/ Pediatrician team at Action Behavior Centers can resolve the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and get ABA therapy started sooner for the child. Our perspective is that Neuro visits should not be canceled if they are appropriate, and they should be scheduled concurrently with a referral to Action Behavior Centers for a diagnostic assessment, diagnosis, and/ or ABA therapy.

Our Pediatrician consultant and BCBAs work collaboratively to look for signs of Rett, Williams, Tourette’s, Down syndrome, and Tuberous Sclerosis during our evaluation, and we maintain continuity of care with the referring pediatrician and neurologists, behavioral pediatricians, and geneticist. Our goal is to speed up a primary diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder if appropriate, support additional diagnosis as applicable, and offer no delay ABA therapy while neuroplasticity is high in toddlers and young children.