Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS; Lord et al. 2001) is a semistructured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, and play or imaginative use of materials for individuals who have been referred because of possible autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As part of the schedule, planned social occasions, referred to as “presses” (Lord et al. 1989), are created in which a range of social initiations and responses is likely to appear. In the same way, communication opportunities are designed to elicit a range of interchanges. Play situations are included to allow observation of a range of imaginative activities and social role-play. A variety of structured activities and materials, and less structured interactions, provide standard contexts within the ADOS in which the social, communicative, and other behaviors relevant to the understanding of ASD are observed.
The previous version of the ADOS-Generic consisted of four Modules...
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