About the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
The ADOS is known as a gold standard assessment of autism symptoms. It includes an examination of communication, social interaction and play for those who are suspected of having an ASD. The information garnered from the ADOS improves our understanding of each individual and provides support for an ASD diagnosis. Please note that RI-CART does not make formal diagnoses. However, participants can request a summary of the results from the ADOS assessment to share with their physicians, schools and other providers.
The purpose of the ADOS is to capture, in a standardized way, behaviors or the absence of behaviors that are often associated with autism and ASD. The activities conducted during the ADOS are selected from four different modules based on age and language ability. Young children and those who have not yet developed fluent speech are engaged in play-like activities, whereas older and more verbally fluent individuals are engaged in structured conversations and other activities that are appropriate to their ability level. Participants often find the ADOS an enjoyable experience. The assessment is designed to include activities that many participants will find interesting. It is not focused on seeing if participants can get a “correct answer”. Instead, the ADOS providers opportunities for social communication and social interactions that allow an examiner to better understand the participant’s style of interaction.
You can learn more about the modules here.
Members of the RI-CART team with advanced training in autism assessment administer the ADOS.
Please note that RI-CART does not make formal diagnoses. However, participants can request a summary of the results from the ADOS assessment to share with their physicians, schools and other providers.