The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule version 2 (ADOS-2) is often considered to be the gold-standard interactive observation test that is used as part of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosing in both clinical and research settings. It is referred to in NICE guidance and used alongside the taking of an ASD specific history, observations, assessments (if required) of cognition, sensory integration and speech and language as well as consideration of differential diagnoses.
It has replaced the original ADOS to fit with the new DSM5 criteria for ASD (American Psychiatric Association), with the addition of a Toddler module and improvements in the scoring system and administration forms. The ADOS-2 course covers Toddlers from 12 months of age through to adolescents and adults, with speech levels ranging from pre-verbal to fluent use. All 5 different modules will be covered over the course of 5 days.
This course involves the use of didactic teaching, demonstration of administration, scoring from the official ADOS-2 training DVDs, group discussion and supervised practice over a 5 day period as well as post-course work (marked administration, scoring and report writing). Attendees will receive an ADOS-2 administration manual and course handouts. It is suitable for professionals with prior knowledge of ASD (ICD-10 or DSM5 criteria) and who are involved in (or plan to be) the diagnosing of ASD.
Generally ADOS-2 courses are attended by Psychologists, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Speech-Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Specialist Nurses. Once trained in the ADOS-2, candidates can also participate in the administration or scoring of the original ADOS with colleagues that are only trained in the original ADOS.
Applicants will need access to an ADOS-2 kit after the course (or an ADOS kit with toddler upgrade) and video recording equipment (DVD, SD card or memory stick) for the post-course work. Course certificates are issued at the end of the 5 days for the theory component and after marking of the post-course work for the administration and scoring component.
Dr Mark Lovell is a dual trained Consultant Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Psychiatrist with a special interest in ASD, based in the North East of England working for the UK’s 2nd largest mental health provider. He is an ADOS-2 trainer and also supervises the training of new ADOS-2 trainers. He is on the board of trustees for the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and has current involvement with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MindEd and Disability Matters). He has been involved with the design of a NICE guidance compliant pathway for ASD diagnosis and has been part of 10 different multiagency/multidisciplinary child and adolescent ASD diagnostic teams since 2003.
Dr. Fiona Desira is a Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in child and adolescent mental health, ASD and learning disabilities. With over 10 years experience in the NHS, Fiona is currently working in Dubai as Clinical Director of a Child Development Centre. She has established and led successful ASD diagnostic services. Fiona uses a variety of evidence-based assessment tools to complete comprehensive assessments of ASD based on UK best practice guidelines. Fiona is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Teesside, UK, and Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. She conducts research into Autism and is an ADOS-2 trainer.
Mark and Fiona have used the ADOS-2 in clinical practice and together have trained others in its use in the UK and UAE.
Please note delegate numbers are strictly limited to 32 maximum on a first come first served basis.
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