The Process of Diagnosing an Autism Spectrum Disorder Part 2: The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

Video Summary

In Part 2, Latha Soorya, Chief Psychologist, leads Gregory through the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), a trusted assessment commonly used by health care professionals along with a parent interview to determine if a child meets criteria for an autism spectrum disorder. The ADOS consists of a series of semi structured play activities designed to elicit behaviors relevant to autism such as joint attention, symbolic play, affect sharing and social relatedness.

"I do see Gregory is on the autism spectrum. Some of the very clear signs are the repetitive habits, the lack of engagement, unless it is something he prefers..he has fairly good engagement, eye contact and affect, but its inconsistant...and that lack of consistancy is a sign. "
— Latha Soorya, PhD


    • Autism-General Information
    • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
    • Nonverbal Communicative Skills
    • lack of pointing
    • Play
    • lack of interest in toys
    • lack of pretend play
    • repetitive play
    • peek-a-boo
    • Restricted
    • sensory stimulation
    • hand flapping
    • Repetitive behaviors
    • Repetitive Motor Behaviors
    • Social Interaction
    • Inconsistent social engagement
    • lack of relatedness
    • Social Interaction
    • joint attention
    • Social Interaction
    • Lack of reciprocal social interaction
    • Social Interaction
    • spontaneous affection
    • Verbal Communicative Skills
    • Response to Name

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