Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P.)

»Chapman Ability Project (C.A.P.)

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.

  • High Quality Trainings for professionals
  • High Quality Trainings for Parents and Caregivers
  • Certificate Programs
  • Educational Opportunities

+-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 & Neurodevelopmental Disorders have created monthly parent trainings to provide easy-to-understand information about Special Education. We recognize that parents and guardians are a child’s number one fan and advocate. This series is centered on helping families become active and knowledgeable IEP team members with a focus on collaboratively working with schools.

Special Education Basics:

  • Tuesday January 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, February 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, March 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, April 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, May 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Psycho-Educational Evaluations: What does it all mean?

  • Monday, January 19, 2015 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Creating Meaningful and Measurable IEP Goals
  • Monday, February 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Understanding School-Based Behavioral Supports and Services

  • Monday, March 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

What Classroom Setting is Best for My Child: Placement Options

  • Monday, April 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 Requesting Extra Support and Services for My Child

  • Monday, May18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

COST: $15 per workshop
Sliding scale rates are available for families with financial need.

LOCATION: The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders,
2500 Red Hill Avenue, Santa Ana, 92705

To register and pay by cash or check please call (714) 628-2842 or e-mail Jeanne Anne Carriere at
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+-ADOS-2 Training

The Chapman Ability Project presents its fourth ADOS-2 Training:
April 15, 2015-April 17, 2015

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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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