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The Chapman Ability Project is hosting its second ADOS-2 Training in March.

The Chapman Ability Project’s (C.A.P.) mission is to advance the expertise of educators, service providers, community members and parents working and living with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Developing great educators and clinicians is an important part of creating a better system of care for children and youth with special needs and their families.

Equally important is further developing the competency of those professionals currently in the education and clinical service delivery systems.  C.A.P. provides many opportunities to enhance the knowledge and skills and strengthen the practice of those serving our youth in the schools and in clinical settings.

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+-Special Education Parent Workshops

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Navigating through the Special Education process can be confusing and overwhelming. The Chapman Ability Project and the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders created a series of workshops to answer parents’ questions and provide easy-to-understand information about Special Education. This three-part series addresses accessing and understanding special education with a focus on collaboratively working with the school to support your children. Workshops are designed for parents and guardians; however, the information is appropriate for all adults interested in learning more about Special Education. Spanish translation will be available. You may sign up for the full series or individual workshops.

Special Education Basics: Wednesday, March 5, 6-8 p.m.

•    What is Special Education?

•    What are my parent roles, rights, and responsibilities?

•    How do I work with my school in a collaborative and productive way?


Special Education Assessment: Wednesday, March 12, 6-8 p.m.

•    How does the Special Education assessment process work?

•    How do I support the assessment process, including completing interviews, questionnaires and rating scales?

•    What does my child’s assessment report actually mean?


IEP Clinic and Creating Agreement: Wednesday, March 19, 6-8 p.m.

•    What is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?

•    How do I actively participate in creating my child’s IEP? 

•    How do I avoid, reduce, and resolve conflicts?

•    What are my options for informal and formal dispute resolution?

+-Professional Development

The Chapman Ability Project presents its second ADOS-2 Training: March 18, 2014-March 20, 2014

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The ADOS-2 as part of a Comprehensive Autism Assessment:

This 3 day-training is designed for School Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists and related professionals interested in learning administration and interpretation of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) and how to incorporate information gathered through ADOS-2 administration into a comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorders assessment.

Presenters: Steve Kanne, Ph.D., ABPP and Anna Laakman, M.Ed. from The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the UNiversity of Missouri

Workshop Content: During Days 1 and 2, participants will receive clinical training with the ADOS-2. There will be an overview of the 5 modules (Modules 1-4 and the Toddler Module), live demonstrations of two of the modules, and opportunities to practice and discuss the scoring criteria. Day 3 goes beyond the traditional ADOS-2 clinical level training by providing opportunities for hands-on practice and constructive feedback provided by two highly skilled practitioners with ADOS-2 research-reliable level training. Participants will learn how to incorporate information gathered through ADOS-2 administration into a comprehensive ASD assessment.

Objectives, Days 1 and 2:

  • To learn the semi-standardized administration of the ADOS-2.
  • To develop familiarity with the ADOS-2 as a diagnostic tool.
  • To practice scoring the ADOS-2 based on live demonstrations.
  • To learn about the interpretation and reporting of ADOS-2 results.

Objectives, Day 3:

  • To develop familiarity with the ADOS-2 through hands-on practice.
  • To refine administration and scoring skills though applied practice and constructive feedback.
  • To learn the components of a comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment.
  • To integrate information gathered through ADOS-2 administration into a comprehensive assessment.
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The ADOS-2 as Part of a Comprehensive Autism Assessment

Quotes from past participants:


“Live demonstrations were excellent”

“I learned a lot and was able to meet people from many different fields”


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    Jeanne Anne Carriere, Ph.D.
    Chapman Ability Project Director in partnership with The Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders
    Assistant Professor, Counseling and School Psychology Program
    Phone: (714) 628-2842
    Fax: (714) 997-9567
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