The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a semi-structured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, play/imaginative use of materials, and restricted and repetitive behaviors for individuals who have been referred because of possible Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The ADOS-2 is a revision of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, which has been referred to as the “gold standard” observational assessment for diagnosing ASD.
Our ADOS-2 Clinicians Gita Srikanth and Swati Narayan obtained their training and certification in Illinois, USA and are one of the very few certified clinicians in the country who can administer the assessment on children ages 2 and upwards.
(ADOS-2 Toddler and Modules 1-4)
(Our ADOS-2 Clinicians Swati Narayan and Gita Srikanth with Dr. Whitney Guthrie – Author and creator of the ADOS-2 Toddler Module in Dubai, 2019)
How is the VB-MAPP used?
The VB-MAPP allows us to assess the child’s abilities in such key areas as language, social, pre-academics and group skills, so that we can determine the level of instruction the child needs in each skill area.
The VB-MAPP helps us identify gaps in the child’s development that might be potential source of problems. Kids often have what we call ‘splinter skills,’ meaning that a child’s high functioning in one area may actually mask deficits in other areas. If the child’s learning focuses only on the areas they perform well in, without addressing the areas they struggle in, these deficits will eventually become problem areas that will be more difficult to correct as time goes on.
How is the VB-MAPP administered?
Completing the assessment typically takes between four to ten hours, depending on the child, the level of the skills or problem areas the child has, and the child’s ability to interact with the therapist administering the test.
Once the assessment is completed, the therapist will recommend interventions based on the child’s functional levels.