ADOS-2 Clinical Workshop

WPS offers 2-day workshops that teach, through instruction and live demonstration, how to use the ADOS-2 to assess and diagnose autism.

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) improves an instrument already viewed as "the gold standard" for observational assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). WPS offers 2-day workshops that teach you how to use the ADOS-2 to assess and diagnose autism. Experienced workshop leaders describe the ADOS-2 and demonstrate administration and scoring, operationalizing diagnostic criteria for ASD. You'll have the opportunity to practice scoring while observing the instructor administer the ADOS-2 to a child with ASD. The workshop focuses primarily on Modules 1 through 4. Attendees are given materials to study later in order to complete training in the Toddler Module. This workshop is for professionals unfamiliar with the ADOS-2. Clinicians already trained in the ADOS can update their skills by reviewing the ADOS-2 Manual and completing the ADOS-2 DVD Training Upgrade Package (W-606DVD).

Learning Objectives

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key features of the ADOS-2 approach, including the rationale for the approach and how it enhances autism assessment
  • Describe use of the ADOS-2 for operationalizing diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders
  • Explain how to select the most appropriate ADOS-2 module
  • Identify administration procedures for the ADOS-2
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to apply ADOS-2 codes
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to score ADOS-2 algorithms
  • Identify the basic psychometric support for the ADOS-2
  • Explain issues in the clinical application of ADOS-2 results

ADOS-2 Workshop

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Per Person: From $495.00

Next Course: Oakland

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These workshops are designed for both clinicians and researchers. For clinicians with a prior background in autism and formal testing this 2-day workshop is sufficient to support use of the ADOS-2 to inform the diagnosis of autism and autism spectrum disorders. Physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists will be better prepared to make educational placement decisions and evaluate programs after completing the workshop. Individuals with less background in testing but who provide service for individuals and families affected by autism may take the workshop for informational purposes. For researchers, this workshop is prerequisite to more thorough training offered by the ADOS-2 authors and designed to achieve the high cross-site inter-rater reliability required in published research. 

Continuing Education Credits

Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion that is equivalent to 12 contact hours (or 1.2 CEUs) of professional continuing education credit. If desired, participants can also purchase and complete a CE Questionnaire and Evaluation Form (W-606CE) to receive an additional 12 contact hours (or 1.2 CEUs) of professional continuing education credit for learning the Toddler DVD/Guidebook. (Note: The Toddler DVD/Guidebook is included in the workshop packet; the CE form must be purchased separately.)

APA Approved Sponsor

WPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


WPS is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider of continuing education (Provider #3111). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


WPS is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. WPS maintains responsibility for the program. (NASP Approved Provider #1003)

The educational offerings available through WPS may qualify for continuing education credit as required by a variety of other national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations. If you need CE credit from an organization other than those listed, please contact your own board or organization to determine specific course and filing requirements.

Additional AOTA-related information for OTs: Course material is at an Advanced Level. Material is consistent with Category 2 credit for Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation.


Each WPS ADOS-2 Clinical Workshop is taught by ADOS-2 Independent Trainers. These trainers have completed the initial clinical and research trainings, established reliability on the instrument, and completed additional training with the authors and/or their colleagues. Course evaluations by workshop participants routinely indicate that WPS ADOS-2 instructors receive high praise for their content knowledge and presentation skills.

Please contact WPS for details about the specific instructor who will be teaching the course in which you plan to enroll. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, WPS reserves the right to change instructors without prior notice.


WPS is the publisher of the ADOS-2 and the CE provider for the WPS ADOS-2 Clinical Workshop. Each ADOS-2 workshop instructor receives an honorarium and travel reimbursement from WPS for teaching the training course. Instructors who are also authors of ADOS-2 materials may additionally receive royalties for the sale of the ADOS-2. Instructors are required to disclose such information in advance of the workshop. 

Use of ADOS-2 in Translation

The WPS clinical workshop is intended for those who will be using the ADOS-2 in English. If you plan to use the ADOS-2 in a language other than English, you will need access to a written translation that has undergone a formal review and approval process through WPS or one of our licensed international publishing partners. For information about ADOS-2 translations, please contact WPS Rights and Permissions at 800.648.8857 or

Training Opportunities at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB)

The clinical workshop offered through WPS is a prerequisite to the more thorough research training offered by the ADOS-2 authors and their colleagues. Research training includes exercises to establish item coding accuracy to a specific criterion, and is designed to help individuals achieve the high cross-site interrater reliability that is required in published research. WPS is not involved in research training workshops. For information about research training workshops, including current dates and locations, please visit the CADB website: CADB also offers other training opportunities, such as one-day workshops focused solely on learning the Toddler Module (for researchers and clinicians who are already trained in Modules 1-4 of the ADOS or ADOS-2). WPS is not involved in these other training opportunities. For Information about training opportunities at CADB, please visit the CADB website:

ADOS-2 Workshop

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ADOS-2 Workshop

October 10-11 2019

ADOS-2 Workshop
Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel
Oakland, California
United States

Please call 800.648.8857 to register.

November 21-22 2019

ADOS-2 Workshop
Albuquerque Marriott
Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States

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Locations Coming Soon!

New York, NY (January)

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (February)

Los Angeles, CA (March)

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Course Times

Sign-in is at 8:00 a.m. on each day of the course. Workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided; lunch is not included. Please contact WPS for a more detailed course outline / timed agenda for the specific course in which you plan to enroll.

Confirmation & Workshop Packet

The cost of registration is $495.00 per person. Registrants will receive written confirmation, directions to the course site, a list of nearby hotels, and a packet of pre- and post-course materials. These materials include two DVDs focused on Modules 1 through 4 and one DVD/Guidebook providing training in the Toddler Module. Participants should familiarize themselves with the pre-course materials in preparation for the workshop. After the workshop, participants use the post-course materials to reinforce skills learned and complete training in the Toddler Module. If 2 weeks prior to the course you have not yet received a written confirmation, please contact WPS at 800.648.8857.

Please note, if your confirmation package is being sent to an international shipping address, customs fees will apply.


Organizations registering 5 or more people qualify for a 10% discount off total registration cost as long as all registrations are paid with one credit card authorization or check. 

Call WPS at 800.648.8857 for more information on this discount.

Required Materials

Participants are expected to read the ADOS-2 Manual and familiarize themselves with the pre-course materials prior to the course start date. Participants should bring their ADOS-2 Manual to the workshop. The ADOS-2 Manual must be purchased separately; it is not included as part of the workshop materials. All other materials are included as part of the workshop registration and will be provided prior to or at the workshop.

Course Completion Requirements

Certificates of Completion will be provided upon satisfactory completion of course requirements. In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, you must be present the entire time on both days of the course and follow all sign-in and sign-out procedures. You must also submit a completed program evaluation form at the end of the course. No partial credit will be awarded. 

Refund/Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration and receive a refund (less a $50.00 administrative fee), you must notify WPS in writing at least 15 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations received less than 15 days before the course start date will be subject to a $100.00 administrative fee. The workshop packet must be returned to WPS, in good condition, within 7 days of your written request for cancellation. WPS will issue a refund (less the associated administrative fee) only when these materials have been received by WPS. If WPS is not notified in writing of cancellation prior to the course start date, or if the workshop packet is not returned to WPS in good condition within 7 days of your written request for cancellation, no refund of any amount will be issued.

In the case of unforeseen circumstances, WPS reserves the right to cancel any live course. In the event of cancellation, WPS will issue a full refund of the registration fee (or, upon your request, will transfer you to another available course). WPS is not responsible for reimbursement for any travel-related expenses, including nonrefundable airline tickets, overnight accommodations, or other expenses.

Special Needs Requests

WPS will make accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require specific accommodations, please email prior to or at the time of course registration so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Waiting List

Please call WPS at 800.648.8857 or 424.201.8800 to find out if you can be added to the waiting list for a particular course location.

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Product #: W-605M


Participants are required to bring their ADOS-2 Manual to the workshop. All other materials will be provided, free of charge, prior to or at the workshop.

Course participants are expected to complete the required reading materials PRIOR to the course start date.