The Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule (ADOS) is a semi-structured psychological tool used in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
It specifically examines communication, social interaction and imaginative play relevant to ASD. Test subjects are assigned to one of five modules dependent on their developmental and language levels, from non-verbal to verbally fluent.
During the assessment, structured and non-structured activities occur in which the occurrence and non-occurrence of behaviours are observed as the test subject interacts with the examiner.
Essentially, the ADOS provides mental health professionals with an 1-2 hour long period of direct observation in which the individual may display behaviours relevant to the diagnosis of ASD. Specific structured and unstructured tasks that have been hypothesised to result in the appearance of a particular type of behaviour associated with ASD are used.
It is important to note, that as much as the ADOS provides valuable information to be used in the diagnosis of ASD, it should not be relied upon as the only source of information.
Mental health professionals will take into account a detailed history from the parents and family, consultation with the school, and in some cases additional psychometric tests may be administered. This is in order to provide a complete and thorough assessment of the individual before a decision about the diagnosis is reached.
Please contact our office to discuss pricing of an ADOS assessment.
Author: Sharyn Jones, B Psych (Hons).
Sharyn Jones is a Brisbane psychologist with 10 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, children and their parents. Using a combination of cognitive behavioural and solution focused therapies, she aims to facilitate positive changes in client’s lives so that they can achieve and obtain their desired goals.
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