Training

ADOS-2 Training and supervision

What is ADOS-2?

ADOS-2 is a standardised, semi-structured observational assessment of features relevant to the diagnosis of ASDs. This is considered one of the gold-standard tool for diagnostic assessment, and can be used with individuals right across the lifespan and at all levels of ability through selection of the appropriate module. More details about the ADOS-2 assessment are available from the Western Psychological Services website, or the Australian Council for Educational Research website.

OTARC offers training and supervision in ADOS-2, facilitated by Dr Kristelle Hudry, who has extensive clinical and research expertise in identifying signs of ASD in toddlers and young children, and in undertaking comprehensive diagnostic assessment for ASDs right across the lifespan. She also has considerable experience with ADOS use in research.

For more information on dates and prices for ADOS-2 courses, please see below.

Please note:

  • Due to high demand our ADOS 2 course has a waitlist. You can register for the wait list here.
  • OTARC does not offer training on the ADI-R.

Dr Kristelle Hudry's professional profile.

Standard (Clinical) ADOS-2 Training

What our training provides

Standard ADOS-2 training includes administration of the Standard ADOS-2 Modules (1 - 4) and foundational skills for scoring the assessment. You will learn the administration protocols and fine-tune your observational skills for scoring/coding. Sessions include hands-on practice of administration (with volunteer children/adults).

Who is it for: Professionals

Next training dates: 15 - 18 January 2018

Length: Four days in a mixed large- and small-group format of up to 16 trainees with 3 trainers.

Cost: $2,000.00

Please note, registrations have not opened yet. If you are on the wait list, you will receive an email once open. You can register on the wait list here.

Before training: You should familiarise yourself with the ADOS-2 kit, basic administration practices and scoring procedures, and complete a practice administration of an ADOS assessment using the Module which is most relevant to your research activities.

You will also be provided with video-taped assessments to watch and try coding before attending the course.

ADOS-2 for Research Training

What our training provides

ADOS-2 for Research Training includes administration of the ADOS-2 Standard Modules (1 - 4) and establishes foundational skills for scoring the assessment.

You will learn the administration protocols and fine-tune your observational skills for scoring/coding. Sessions include hands-on practice of administration (with volunteer children/adults). Your specific needs and projects are taken into account, and activities are tailored accordingly. Ample time is provided for discussion on procedural and design-related issues as well as how to report ADOS results in publications.

Following the course you will be provided with ongoing support to achieve reliability (see below).

The next course is expected to be in January 2018.  Dates have not yet been set.

Who is it for: Researchers

Next training dates: 15 - 19 January 2018.

Please note, registrations have not opened yet. If you are on the wait list, you will receive an email once open. You can register on the wait list here.

Venue: OTARC

Length: Five days in a mixed large- and small-group format of 16 trainees with 3 trainers. For the first 4 days, research trainees participate in Standard ADOS-2 training alongside clinical trainees. On the fifth day the focus is on aspects of the ADOS-2 specific to research.

Cost: $2,500.00

Before training: You should familiarise yourself with the ADOS-2 kit, basic administration practices and scoring procedures, and complete a practice administration of an ADOS assessment using the Module which is most relevant to your research activities.

You will also be provided with video-taped assessments to watch and try coding before attending the course. You should also come prepared to discuss how you wish to use the ADOS-2 in your research.

After the course: You will also be required to submit a video-taped assessment using the Module which is most relevant to your research activities, and will receive detailed feedback before you are considered ready to begin using the ADOS-2. You will also be provided with video material to complete and submit coding.  We offer ongoing supervision at OTARC to help you attain and maintain the required levels of coding reliability (see section: "Ongoing supervision").

Toddler-Module Upgrade

What our training provides

The newly developed Toddler-Module can be used as a structured observational assessment of features relevant to ASD in infants and toddlers aged 12 to 30 months. Training in administration and scoring of the Toddler-Module is considered highly specialised.

Who is it for: Professionals with substantial knowledge of typical early development and experience interacting with infants and toddlers

Prerequisites: Standard ADOS-2 Training (or Standard training on the ADOS-G) and demonstrated competency in using and scoring Modules 1-4. Attendees who have not attended OTARC training must be able to supply evidence of having completed such a course elsewhere.

Please note OTARC are not currently offering Toddler-Module training.

Ongoing Supervision

What our training provides

OTARC now offers ongoing supervision sessions in the form of ADOS-2 Reliability Coding Meetings. Members are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish, across the calendar year. Attendance at ongoing supervision sessions is not a substitute for dedicated initial training on the ADOS-2.

Please note: Check the schedule below regularly for dates, start times, and specific locations. Changes to schedule may be required, and the list of dates should be treated as provisional. If required, changes will be made with at least 4 weeks' notice.

Who is it for: Clinical or professional users of the ADOS and researchers.

Prerequisites: Standard ADOS-2 Training (or Standard training on the ADOS-G) at OTARC or elsewhere. Attendees who have not attended OTARC training must be able to supply evidence of having completed such a course elsewhere.

Cost: Attendance at the sessions is free for researchers and students. For clinicians attendance at ADOS-2 Reliability Coding Meetings is by membership only. Membership costs $200 per year. Costing has been based on the expectation that members are only likely to be able to attend around half of all sessions. No refund will be offered for cancelled sessions. Contact Alex Aulich to organise payment.

Dates and Times:

All times: 3:30pm – 6:00pm (or until discussions have finished)

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

Tuesday 24th October, 2017

Tuesday 21st November, 2017

Venue:

GS213, Level 1, George Singer Building, La Trobe University, Bundoora

(if a different room is required, there will be a notice on the door).

Please bring a coding booklet for each of Modules 1- 4. Please feel free also to bring an ADOS administration tape to show, for feedback on your administration. If you would like to show a tape, please email Alex Aulich

ADOS-2 in a Nutshell

What our training provides

We offer a one-hour, low-cost introductory seminar about the ADOS-2. The ADOS-2-in-a-Nutshell sessions can be provided in-house to professional/research organisations/teams, or groups of parents, or at OTARC.

ADOS-2 in a Nutshell aims to answer commonly-asked questions, such as:

  • What is the ADOS? What is it used for?
  • What does it do (and what does it not do)?
  • What do the scores mean?
  • Why is training necessary?

Who is it for:

  • Parents who want to better understand the assessment that their child will go through/has gone through
  • Professionals who do not need to use the ADOS but who
    • want to better understand reports written by others, which include the ADOS
    • need to sign off on diagnostic decisions, considering ADOS reports written by others
  • Researchers who want to write about the ADOS in their research papers or include the ADOS in their study designs, but who do not themselves require training.
An OTARC researcher

Talks, seminars and training

OTARC researchers are qualified to present talks, seminars, training sessions and workshops. Please contact the researchers below to find out more about topics that interest you.

Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

Email: c.dissanayake@latrobe.edu.au

  • Child-caregiver attachment in ASD
  • Early identification and diagnosis of ASD in infants and toddlers
  • Growth in children with an ASD
  • Asperger's Disorder and Autistic Disorder: Similarities and differences and changing diagnostic systems (ACER WS)
  • Social cognitive and social emotional development in ASDs
  • The development of understanding of the self in children with an ASD
  • Pretence in children with an ASD
  • Training community-based health professional to recognise the early signs of an ASD in infants and toddlers
  • Research in ASDs

Dr Josephine Barbaro

Email: j.barbaro@latrobe.edu.au

  • Early identification and diagnosis of ASD in infants and toddlers
  • Diagnosing ASDs from infancy to adulthood: Who's involved, what to look for, and the assessment process. (ACER WS)
  • Training community-based health professional to recognise the early signs of an ASD in infants and toddlers

Dr Darren Hedley

Email: d.hedley@latrobe.edu.au

  • The Dandelion Project: Training adults with autism for employment

Dr Kristelle Hudry

Email: k.hudry@latrobe.edu.au

  • Assessment and diagnosis of ASDs
  • Neural correlates of ASD
  • Language and communication development in young children with an ASD
  • Patterns of interaction between parents and their young children with an ASD
  • Training for professionals in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

Associate Professor Amanda Richdale

Email: a.richdale@latrobe.edu.au

  • Sleep difficulties associated with ASD
  • Educational issues
  • Comorbidity of ASD with other disorders or conditions (Fragile-X Syndrome, ADHD, anxiety and depression)
  • Asperger's Disorder and Autistic Disorder: Similarities and differences and changing diagnostic systems (ACER WS)
  • Diagnosing ASDs from infancy to adulthood: Who's involved, what to look for, and the assessment process. (ACER WS)