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What is required for someone to become competent in using the ADOS-2?

If you are an ADOS-2 user who has not previously been trained in the ADOS, you should do the following to obtain essential competence in the ADOS-2: Make sure you have prior education, training, and experience that includes extensive exposure to autism spectrum disorders. Study the ADOS-2 Manual. Read More...

What is an ADOS-2 clinical training workshop?

An ADOS-2 clinical training workshop is a two-day course that uses a lecture format to introduce people to the basic principles of administering and scoring the ADOS-2. For more information about ADOS-2 clinical workshops click here. The WPS DVD Training Package (W-605DVD) and its associated CE Questionnaire and Evaluation Form (W-605CE) also provides equivalent content. Either of these provides one of the essential steps towards competence in using the ADOS-2 in everyday clinical practice.

Who may attend an ADOS-2 clinical training workshop?

Workshop attendees are typically professionals who will be qualified to use the ADOS-2 in practice – that is, professionals who, prior to the workshop, have education, training and experience in using individually administered test batteries and who have a background and experience in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Some examples of clinicians who have a professional mandate to treat autism spectrum disorders and who make use of the ADOS-2 in their daily work are clinical and school psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists...

After I take the ADOS-2 training, can I diagnose autism spectrum disorders?

Learning to use the ADOS-2 and diagnosing autism spectrum disorders are two different professional activities. The ADOS-2 training is designed to help professionals learn to competently administer and score the ADOS-2. It is the first step toward that end—becoming fully competent on the ADOS-2 itself requires additional practice beyond the initial training. The ADOS-2 training is not a comprehensive curriculum in autism spectrum diagnosis. Autism spectrum diagnosis involves much more than administration of the ADOS-2; it typically involves a multidisciplinary...

Once I have completed ADOS-2 clinical training, can I train someone else?

No. The WPS materials are designed to provide training to individual users only. Completion does not provide the additional materials and experiences required for the skills needed to train others. The WPS DVD Training Package (W-605DVD) can be used to train multiple clinical users at a single site. Further training through the specialized research training course offered by the research community is required before others may be trained. (See the next two questions).

How can I obtain Continuing Education (CE) Credits through WPS?

The WPS Learning Management System (WPS LMS) provides access to online training and continuing education materials. To learn more about training materials/experiences currently available through the WPS LMS, including in-person workshops, live webinars, video-based training, and associated independent study credits, please visit our WPS LMS page   WPS also offers some additional post-test materials for obtaining Independent Study credits. These materials are not yet available on the WPS LMS, though we intend to make many of the offerings...

What is the difference between Form A and B?

Form A begins at age 3 for LC/OE and Age 5 for RC/WE. Form B begins at age 5 for all scales. Aside from the starting age, the forms are parallel and can be used interchangeably. Form B can be given immediately after Form A (or vice versa) if there is a reason to do so.

Why aren't there Form B kits?

Most individuals will begin with Form A and will purchase Form B for follow-up testing. Form B uses the same manuals as Form A and therefore the only materials needed for Form B are the easels, record forms, and WE response booklet. These materials are sold as "packs."

What does the scoring software do?

The scoring software provides all of the score conversions and a narrative summary. It also provides a detailed item analysis.

I bought the original OWLS recently. How long is it still good for and when will I need to switch?

The new version does not automatically invalidate the original, and we understand that it can take some time to transition to a new version. That said, ethical guidelines for most professional organizations state that the most up-to-date tests should be used. There is no specific timeframe, but we recommend switching to the new version as soon as possible.

What is the difference between a CE and a CEU?

The certificate(s) and attendance letter(s) provided by WPS may specify credit in terms of CE Credits, CE Units (CEUs), or both. Additional credit types may sometimes be specified as well. This is because different professional organizations and licensing boards refer to their licensees’ CE experiences in different units. Some organizations, such as the American Psychological Association (APA), refer to continuing education experiences in terms of CE credits. For these boards, one CE credit is equal to one contact hour or one study hour. Other...

What materials do I need access to in order to complete WPS independent study CE?

In order to complete WPS Independent Study CE, you will need to purchase the relevant CE post-test materials and also have access to the associated assessment and/or intervention materials (e.g., manual, video-based training package; sold separately). All WPS Independent Study CE is focused on your learning the content through study of the associated assessment and intervention materials. The purchase of the Independent Study post-test materials does not include the associated assessment and intervention materials.   To complete Independent...

Which organizations is WPS approved by to sponsor continuing education?

You will need to review the information for each specific CE item to determine what credit opportunities may be available for various products and delivery formats. Many of our CE items will display approved provider/sponsor statements associated with the American Psychological Association (APA), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).   The educational offerings available through WPS may qualify for continuing education credit as required by a variety of other national...

Will the new software support the old test?

No, the new software is only for the OWLS-II.

What if an assessment published by WPS is no longer available on the WPS website?

If you cannot locate an assessment published by WPS (e.g., “W-123”), then the test might have been placed out-of-print and is unavailable for sale. If this is the case, please contact our Rights & Permissions Department (rights@wpspublish.com) to learn more about what options may be available for you to access those materials.

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