How can I determine if my child meets criteria for Autism?
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, play/imaginative use of materials, and restricted and repetitive behaviours for individuals who have been referred because of possible autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
The ADOS-2 is a revision of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, which has been referred to as the “gold standard” observational assessment for diagnosing ASD.
Children as young as 12-months, regardless of verbal ability, can be assessed using the ADOS-2.
Why is an accurate diagnosis necessary?
Through obtaining an accurate diagnosis, individuals and families can begin to access appropriate intervention services, obtain individualised communication and educational programs, and determine patterns of strengths and weaknesses at the current developmental level.
Determining an accurate diagnosis is a first step for a clinician in defining a treatment plan for a child.
The ADOS-2 is not a cognitive assessment; it is designed to measure atypical development in the areas of social interaction, communication, and imaginative use of materials.
The ADOS-2 provides useful information for parents and teachers about specific behaviours in social communication and creative play that can help guide treatment plans, therapy options and how a child can be supported in different environments.
The results of the ADOS-2 result in a classification, not a diagnosis by itself, but it is a useful standardised tool for assisting in making clinical diagnoses for both children and adults.
Results can be shared with parents, educators, therapists, psychologists and the family doctor or paediatrician and we ensure that a team approach to diagnosis is always used.
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