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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

NESCA Offers Professional Training for ADOS-2 with Dr. Rhiannon Luystor

Clinical Training Workshop for Professionals 
with Dr. Rhiannon Luystor:
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Ed. (ADOS-2)

Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For: Master's and Doctoral Level Clinicians 
Location: NESCA, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 202, Newton, MA 02458
Cost: $500.00 – 13.5 continuing education credits
Register online: https://goo.gl/forms/4SVqBv5VNbWeTaQj1


Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can be accomplished utilizing a variety of standardized diagnostic measures that typically integrate parent and teacher feedback, such as the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale. Other diagnostic measures such as the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) integrates parent feedback with clinical observations. 

While these measures are helpful, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), considered to be the gold standard of ASD diagnostic assessment, is appropriate across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. Join NESCA for a two-day training workshop with Dr. Rhiannon Luyster, developmental psychologist to learn about the ADOS-2, the latest edition of the ADOS.

This workshop provides in-depth information in both lecture format and live demonstrations. Participants will acquire the principals of administering and scoring ADOS-2 Modules 1 through 4 in addition to learning about the revised algorithms, new comparison scores for Modules 1-3, the new Toddler Module for young children, and updated protocols with administration and coding instructions. This is an essential training is necessary for professionals who intend on utilizing the ADOS-2 in either clinical or school settings and is appropriate for beginner and intermediate learners as well as advanced learners who are interested in acquiring the latest administration and scoring utilizing the ADOS-2.

Learning objectives:

At the end of this two-day workshop, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the key features of the ADOS-2 approach, including the rationale for the approach and how it enhances autism assessment
  2. Describe use of the ADOS-2 for operationalizing diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders
  3. Explain how to select the most appropriate ADOS-2 module
  4. Identify administration procedures for the ADOS-2
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to apply ADOS-2 codes
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to score ADOS-2 algorithms
  7. Identify the psychometric support for the ADOS-2
  8. Explain issues in the clinical application of ADOS-2 results
Prior to the workshop, attendees must view the 90-minute DVD of Module 1 and 3, review the scored protocols corresponding to the video demos, and preview the ADOS-2 manual. 

About the Presenter:

Rhiannon Luyster, PhD, is a developmental psychologist who studies social communication and language in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is interested in identifying early features of ASD using standardized behavioral measures as well as exploratory methods like infra-red eye tracking and electrophysiology. Her research, which has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and the Organization for Autism Research, focuses on diagnostic assessment, language and nonverbal communication in toddlers with ASD, and patterns of early development. Dr. Luyster has published her work in several peer-reviewed journals, including Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child Language, Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, and Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Sponsored by: Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA)

NESCA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NESCA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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