Archived News: Across Virginia
December 2014

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2 (ADOS-2) Workshop

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) - 2 Workshop

Presented by: Norm Geller, Ph.D.

January 26 & 27, 2015


Bedford, VA

The Welcome Center

816 Burks Hill Road

Bedford, VA 24523

Workshop Overview: The ADOS - 2 is a semi-structured standardized assessment of communication, social interaction and play or imaginative use of materials for individuals who have been referred because of possible autism or other pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). The ADOS - 2 consists of standard activities that allow the examiner to observe behaviors that have been identified as important to the diagnosis of autism and PDD at different developmental levels and chronological ages. Planned social occasions, referred to as “presses” are created in which a behavior of a particular type is likely to appear. Structured activities and materials provide standard contexts in which social interactions, communication and other behaviors relevant to autism are observed. The schedule consists of four modules, each lasting 30-45 minutes. The appropriate module is given for the child’s or adults developmental and language level.

The 2-day workshop teaches the attendees how to use the ADOS-2 in clinical practice or educational assessment to assess and diagnose or determine eligibility of autism. Our expert training staff will describe the ADOS - 2 and demonstrate administration and scoring for educational eligibility. Instructional methods include lecture, videotaped administration and scoring, and discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to practice scoring while observing the administration of the ADOS - 2. Participants will also have practice administering the ADOS - 2.

The workshop is designed for clinicians and educational personal with a prior background in autism and formal testing, for example: physicians, psychologists, school psychologists, educational diagnosticians, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, counselors, and social workers. Individuals with less background in testing but who provide service for individuals and families affected by autism may take the workshop for informational purposes. The workshop is limited to 40 participants to allow for personal interactions with the instructor.

The workshop runs from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Norm Geller has been helping children, adults, and families through assessments, evaluation, and educational program planning for over 30 years. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Masters degree from Vanderbilt University. He has specialized in autism and psycho-educational assessment and is an independent trainer for the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 ADOS-2.

Important Registration Information:

Registration is Limited to 40 Individuals.

Registration for 2-Day ADOS - 2 Training - $200, $225 after December 20, 2014.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Participants are asked to bring their own ADOS - 2 Manual

(Can be purchased at Western Psychological Services – 1-800-648-8857 or visit

To Register for the ADOS Training, please visit this link:

For more information, please contact Wendy Kulpa, ACE Administrative Coordinator, at or 855-711-6987.