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Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB)
2019 Training Workshops


Registration for the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain’s ADOS-2 training workshops are now available. For additional information and application(s) please see below.

The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), is a joint program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry of Weill Cornell Medicine in partnership with New York Collaborates for Autism. CADB is located at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s 214 acre Westchester Division campus in White Plains, New York. CADB offers ADOS-2 Introductory/Clinical, Toddler, Advanced/Research and ADI-R Research training workshops. Anyone interested in applying for a Trainer in Training program for the ADI-R or ADOS-2 please contact Marcella Sanchez at mab9254@med.cornell.edu

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) is used for assessing and diagnosing autism spectrum disorders across ages, developmental levels, and language skills. The ADOS-2 is a revision of the ADOS that includes revised algorithms, a new Comparison Score for Modules 1 through 3, updated protocols with clearer administration and coding guidelines, and a new Toddler Module. The ADOS-2 is published and available for purchase through WPS. 

The ADOS-2 Training for Clinicians uses a lecture format to introduce people to the basic principles of administering and scoring all ADOS-2 modules (Modules 1-4 and Toddler). This training provides an essential step toward competence in using the ADOS-2 in everyday clinical practice. 

The ADOS-2 Research training workshop focuses on bringing

attendees' administration and scoring skills to a high level of inter-rater agreement with the scoring practices of skilled examiners. The heightened level of accuracy is needed to ensure that item-level coding is comparable at different labs in different parts of the world where research is being conducted. This workshop is also appropriate for clinicians who administer the ADOS/ADOS-2 on a regular basis and wish to strengthen their administration skills and scoring accuracy.

Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, (ADI-R) is a comprehensive parent interview that provides an assessment of individuals suspected of having autism spectrum disorders. For information on our upcoming workshop, please contact the CADB Training Staff at autismtraining@nyp.org.  For additional information on the ADI-R, please click on the link below.  

The Early Start Denver Model, (ESDM) 

is a model of intervention for young toddlers and preschoolers with ASD, developed by Sally Rogers, Ph.D., and Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. It is a comprehensive approach that combines ABA teaching principles with a relationship-based approach. In this way, ESDM combines the science of learning with developmentally-appropriate ways of interacting with very young children. Shared enjoyment and smiles are a large part of the model. 

ESDM can be used in almost any setting, including home-based and clinic-based settings, delivered by parents and by interventionists including special educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and behavior analysts and interventionists. Parents are an integral part of their child's program, right from the start, and parent priorities and values are at the core of the child's intervention program. 

The skills taught in the ESDM are targeted in developmental sequence. The curriculum is comprehensive and covers all areas of development, including communication, social skills, play, fine and gross motor, and personal independence. Learning opportunities are embedded within naturally occurring activities. Teaching happens inside play-based activities, using toys and activities such as playing with a puzzle or singing songs. Teaching also takes place during natural routines such as snack time and caregiving activities. 

For information on our upcoming ESDM trainings, please contact us at autismtraining@nyp.org

Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a half-day workshop including lecture, video examples, and hands on practice. PRT is an intervention for people with ASD’s that is based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis. This intervention is appropriate for people of any age. PRT targets the individual’s motivation and behaviors that are considered pivotal to the individual’s development. PRT has been used to make positive changes for individual’s social communication, play skills, peer interactions and more.

For information on our upcoming Pivotal Response Treatment trainings, please contact us at autismtraining@nyp.org





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