ADOS-2 Introductory/Clinical Training Workshop

By Center for Autism Research (other events)

Wed, Jun 12 2024 9:00 AM EDT Fri, Jun 14 2024 5:00 PM EDT

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Autism Research (CAR) is collaborating with the Drexel University A.J. Drexel Autism Institute to offer a 2- or 3-day virtual training on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2). Trainees will register for one of the following options:

  • June 12th-13th: 2-day ADOS-2 Introductory/Clinical Training Workshop covering Modules 1-4


  • June12th-14th: Introductory/Clinical Training Workshop (Days 1 & 2) PLUS an optional 1-day Toddler Module Training Workshop (Day 3)

The ADOS-2 training workshops provide experienced autism professionals with introductory training on the use of the ADOS-2 in clinical settings across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. The training will be led by two ADOS-2 trainers: Dr. Elisabeth Sheridan, the Director of the Clinical Core at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute and Dr. Sarah Dufek, psychologist and certified ADOS-2 trainer with the UC Davis Mind Institute.


These workshops are designed for both clinicians and researchers.

For clinicians with a prior background in autism and formal testing, the 2-day Introductory/Clinical Workshop is sufficient to support use of the ADOS-2 to inform the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The optional 3rd day covering the Toddler Module is appropriate for professionals who wish to use the ADOS in their work with young children (aged between 12 and 30 months). Physicians, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, and other clinical professionals will be better prepared to make medical diagnoses, make educational placement decisions, and evaluate programs after completing the workshop. Individuals with less background in testing, but who provide service for individuals and families affected by autism, may take the workshop for informational purposes.

*Please note that ADOS-2 training does not take the place of state regulations regarding making an autism diagnosis. Instead, the ADOS-2 is designed to be one component of an autism evaluation for professionals qualified to make this diagnosis.*

For researchers, this workshop is a prerequisite for the Advanced/Research Reliability training that is required in order to use the ADOS-2 for research purposes. The ADOS-2 Advanced/Research Reliability workshop is a 3-day workshop designed to help trainees achieve the high cross-site inter-rater reliability required in published research. 

*Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our site is not currently holding Advanced/Research Reliability Trainings. We are monitoring safety guidelines and will host in-person Advanced/Research Reliability trainings once health and safety guidance allows us to gather in person and administer the ADOS-2 without masks/PPE.



Option 1: ADOS-2 Introductory/Clinical Workshop

Dates and Times: Wednesday, June 12th - Thursday, June 13th, 2024, 9 AM - 5 PM EST each day

Cost for Attendance: $600 (payable by credit/debit card only)

Description: The Virtual ADOS-2 Introductory/Clinical Workshop is a 2-day training that uses a lecture format and video demonstrations to introduce the basic principles of administering and scoring ADOS-2 Modules 1 through 4. This training provides an essential step toward confidence in using the ADOS-2 in everyday clinical practice or for research purposes. In addition to a fundamental understanding of Modules 1-4, participants will gain experience observing and scoring two ADOS-2 assessments with the support of a certified trainer.


Option 2: ADOS-2 Introductory/Clinical Workshop PLUS Toddler Module Workshop**

**Attendees must have completed the ADOS-2 Introductory/Clinical Workshop in order to attend the Toddler Module course. 

Dates and Times: Wednesday, June 12th - Friday, June 14th, 2024, 9 AM - 5PM EST each day

Cost for Attendance: $850 (payable by credit/debit card only)

Description: This 3-day virtual training includes the ADOS-2 Introductory/Clinical Workshop described above PLUS a 1-day training focused specifically on the ADOS-2 Toddler Module. The ADOS-2 Toddler Module is designed for use with toddlers ages 12 to 30 months.


Preparing for the Workshop:

It is recommended (though not required) that participants have access to an ADOS-2 Manual before, during, and after the training workshop. This can be purchased through the publisher, Western Psychological Services (Product #: W-605M). The manual/kit is not provided and cannot be purchased at the workshop.

In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance and CEU credits (if requested), participants must be present for the entirety of the live training, with videos turned on and active participation throughout. 


CEU Credits:

CEU credits will be offered for APA ($22, payable by credit/debit card only), Social Work (no charge), and PA educators (Act 48; no charge). In order to process CEU credits, we must know in advance that you wish to receive credit. Please indicate that you wish to receive credit by checking the appropriate box at checkout, otherwise we will be unable to offer you CEU credits.

*CHOP Employees who need APA CEU credits, please contact [email protected] before registering.

Cancellation Policy:

For individuals who register but cannot attend, please contact [email protected]. Cancellations requested more than two weeks prior to the training session will be charged a cancellation fee of $250, which will be subtracted from their refund amount. Alternatively, we can offer credit toward a future training session if the request is made more than two weeks prior to the start date of the registered training. Trainees are limited to one training deferment per registration. Any cancellations requested less than two weeks prior to the start of training or no-shows will result in a forfeiture of the entire payment. We regret that we cannot provide a refund or defer payment for any cancellations made within two weeks of the training session.

Mailing Address

Roberts Center for Pediatric Research 5th Floor 2716 South Street Philadelphia, PA 19146