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ADOS-2 Clinical Training, April 2018 Application

Date: April 12, 2018 to April 13, 2018

Time: 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: Siskin Children's Institute

April 12-13, 2018

Katherine Gotham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Gotham is a certified ADOS trainer.

The ADOS-2 has become the standard instrument for assessing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across age, developmental level, and language skills. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) is sponsoring a 2-day workshop where you will learn how to use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) to help assess and diagnose ASD. This training course offers detailed, initial training for people who plan to use the ADOS-2. This training is necessary for anyone planning to use the ADOS-2 in clinical or school settings, and is the first step of training for use of the ADOS-2 in research.

The goals of this workshop are to provide a detailed overview of the ADOS-2, its development, its psychometric properties, and appropriate use and interpretation. Specifically, objectives include how the ADOS-2 targets behaviors specific to autism spectrum disorders, ADOS-2 administration and introduction to coding conventions, and how to appropriately document use of the ADOS-2 in a report. Demonstrations of the measure are provided each day, involving live administration of the ADOS-2 by the trainer with individuals with ASD. Participants have the opportunity to practice scoring while observing the instructor administer the ADOS-2. Detailed discussions on scoring of the ADOS-2 follow each demonstration.

Psychologists, pediatricians, behavioral specialists, and speech and language pathologists will be accepted for this advanced level training. Other individuals who regularly assess children with ASD or developmental disabilities are encouraged to apply and their application will be reviewed.

Fee: $300 per person.


Click the registration link above to be directed to the online application.

Preliminary Agenda

Day 1

8:00–10:00: Introduction to ADOS-2 and Overview of Modules 3 and 4
10:00-12:00: Administration/Coding of Module 3 or 4 with a child with ASD
12:00–1:00: Lunch
1:00-2:00: Discussion of Codes
2:00-4:00: Further examples of Modules 3 and 4

Day 2

7:30-8:00: Sign-in and coffee/pastries
8:00-10:00: Questions/prep and overview of Modules 1 and 2
10:00–12:00: Administration/Coding of Modules 1 or 2 with a child with ASD
12:00–1:00: Lunch
1:00–2:00: Discussion of Codes
2:00-4:00: Further Examples of Modules 1 and 2 and Toddler Module
Discussion of Reliability Process | Final Questions

Continuing Education

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for 14.0 CE credits toward the continuing education of psychologists. No partial credit may be awarded.

This education activity received no commercial support.

All course directors, planners, and speakers have no financial relationships to disclose with the exception of the following: exception of the following: Dr. Gotham receives royalties from Western Psychological Services, publisher of the ADOS-2, as well as consulting fees for conducting WPS-sponsored and independent ADOS-2 training workshops. She receives no royalties or fees for ADOS-2 materials or training workshops affiliated with Vanderbilt University.

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This course is offered for 1.40 ASHA CEU’s (intermediate level; professional area)


For more information, contact Amy Swanson at amy.r.swanson@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 322-6533.

The VKC welcomes persons with disabilities.

Contact kc@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).