ADOS 2 Assessment (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule)
I am able to offer an ADOS-2 assessment and written report within a given timescale, as part of a package including a prior home visit and follow up visit - either at home or pre-school/school.
As I work independently I am able to offer a 3/4 week turn around with written reports once I have seen your child for an ADOS-2 assessment.
The ADOS-2 is an observational schedule designed to measure behavioural response, communication and communicative intent in relation to the triad of features characteristic of ASDs.
Pre-verbal/single words for Toddlers (12-30m);
Pre-verbal/single words for individuals 31m or older;
For all ages with phrased speech and younger children with fluent speech;
For children and younger adolescents with fluent speech and
For older adolescents and adults with fluent speech. The ADOS-2 schedule is designed to provide a basis for diagnosis of classic presentations of childhood autism and of atypical autism. It also provides a framework for the collection of information relating to more broadly defined autism spectrum.
The ADOS-2 schedule focuses on the ASD triad of:
- reciprocal social interaction and
- imagination, creativity, stereotyped behaviours and restricted interest
It should be noted that the ADOS alone is not able to ‘diagnose’ ASD, neither am I able to do so as a Specialist Teacher, but I am very experienced in this field and this assessment gives a comprehensive evaluation of the likelihood that the child or adult completing the assessment has difficulties that fall in line with a ‘classic’ ASD diagnosis, or not. This should then be used as part of further multi-disciplinary assessment and decision making by a Paediatrician, Psychiatrist or Psychologist.
I am able to visit you and your child or family at home at a time convenient to you. This can be as part of an ADOS assessment package or as bespoke individual sessions to offer support and guidance based on your needs both pre and post diagnosis.
I am TEACCH trained and I can visit your child’s Pre-School or School to offer support, advice and practical strategies that staff can implement to aid your child’s learning journey. I can work with and alongside other essential professionals already involved in your child’s care to ensure a joined up approach to support which is crucial to aid your child’s development.
Help with EHC (Education Health Care) Plan
Following observations of your child both at home and/or their educational setting I can compile a comprehensive specialist teacher report with educational recommendations, which could be used as evidence towards an EHC Plan request/assessment by your Local Authority. Although I cannot guarantee outcomes, a report of this type alongside other professional’s findings, can offer independent clarity to help ascertain your child’s primary area of need and assist in helping the authority to make appropriate educational recommendations.