The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, and play. It provides a series of standardised contexts in which the individual's social, communication and repetitive, stereotyped behaviours can be observed. It has been designed to assist in the diagnosis of autism and pervasive developmental disorders and is suggested as a complementary instrument to the Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R). Standardised toys and activities are used to present opportunities for social and communicative interaction with the examiner. A diagnostic algorithm consistent with DSM-V and ICD-10 clinical diagnoses is generated.

The two-day workshop provides an introduction to the ADOS-2 as an assessment tool, and is a first step in the process for establishing reliability. It uses a mixture of large group lecture, demonstration, and scoring, as well as, DVD demonstration of the ADOS-2. Pre-work including readings and videos to watch will be emailed prior to the training. This training does not include the Toddler Module; see Mindful website for ADOS-2 Toddler Module training dates and information.

Eligibility criteria

For all our ADOS-2 courses at Mindful there is a prerequisite training required: the ASD Assessment Fundamentals and Comorbidities 2 day workshop (formerly "Complexities of ASD Assessment"). As our ASD training calendar is designed for mental health clinicians working with complex clients, we have made the ASD Assessment Fundamentals and Comorbidities a prerequisite to ADOS-2 training as it covers all components of a comprehensive ASD assessment. This includes a comprehensive developmental history, consideration of collateral information and issues of comorbidity, differential diagnosis and formulation. The ADOS-2 is one component of an ASD Assessment and we would like to ensure that all clinicians attending have a broad understanding of the complexities of ASD assessment. If you are working in Adult Mental Health, completing both the ASD in Adults Introductory and Advanced workshops will suffice as the pre-requisite for ADOS-2 Introductory.

Categories: Assessment & intervention, Younger persons mental health
Disciplines: Allied Health, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Infant, Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adult, Older Persons

Monday 28 November 2022
08:45 to 16:30
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Tuesday 29 November 2022
08:45 to 16:30
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Subsidised rate of $396 is available to Victorian CYMHS/CAMHS/AMHS: including Orygen, Headspace, ACCHO/ACCHS, Take Two clinicians, and clinicians employed at Victorian publicly funded Adult Mental Health Services (including Forensicare).

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