What does ADOS-2 test for?

What does ADOS-2 test for?

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ADOS-2 is a clinical gold standard for every autism center. It is an assessment tool developed by the American Psychiatric Association, and it’s meant to be used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). It’s used as part of a formal assessment of autism, including interviews with family members and teachers and observations by psychologists or psychiatrists who are experts on diagnosing autism spectrum disorders. Below, you will find some conditions diagnosed by conducting an ADOS-2 test.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Rett Syndrome

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social skills and behavior. ASD includes autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other conditions.

People with ASD may have difficulty in social interaction, verbal or nonverbal communication or both. People with this disorder may be very interested in specific topics, activities or objects to the extent that they interfere with their daily life. They also may get upset by changes to routines or familiar surroundings and react negatively to unexpected changes in routine events.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASDs may also have unusual interests or behaviors. Autism is characterized by social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication problems, and repetitive behaviors or restricted interests. The severity of symptoms varies across all the ASDs:

  • Autistic Disorder (AD) is characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication skills combined with rigid ritualistic behavior patterns or obsessive interests.
  • Asperger Syndrome (AS) has milder symptoms than those found in AD but may include extreme preoccupation with one subject area.
  • Rett syndrome affects girls almost exclusively and causes regression (loss of skills) after birth.


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a common co-occurring disorder in children with ASD. It’s not a mental illness or an excuse for bad parenting, but rather, it’s a neurobiological disorder that can be treated with medication and behavioral therapy.

ADHD symptoms vary from person to person, but they generally include difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity.


Learning/Reading Disorder

Learning and reading disorders are usually diagnosed in children. However, they can also occur in adults with autism.

If your child has a learning disability, he/she will have trouble understanding things like reading and math, even when other children do it easily. A person with learning disorders may also have difficulty paying attention or remembering things that happen around them. These problems can make it hard for them to learn how to do new things, such as riding a bike or tying shoes.


Social Impairments

Social skills and relationships are critical to a person’s resilience, self-esteem and mental health. A good social support system is necessary for a child’s school and workplace success.


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Communication Problems

Communication problems are a core feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

These can include difficulty in understanding and using language, as well as difficulty in expressing thoughts and feelings. The symptoms may affect someone’s ability to communicate effectively with others.

Some people find it hard to start conversations, or they may avoid social interaction altogether. They may also be unable to use non-verbal cues, such as eye contact or body language, that are important for communication. It can be challenging for a person with ASD to tell jokes or make up stories because they don’t understand how other people think about things differently from themselves.


Emotional or Behavioral Disturbance

People with autism often have difficulty understanding or responding to the emotions of others, which can lead to emotional or behavioral disturbances. These disturbances can sometimes be severe and may even result in self-injury or aggression. However, with early intervention by conducting an ADOS-2 test and a comprehensive treatment plan, people with autism can learn to cope more positively with their emotions and behavior.


Intellectual Disability (ID)

Intellectual disability (ID) is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulty with cognitive and adaptive skills. ID can be caused by various factors, including genetic abnormalities, prenatal exposure to toxins, and traumatic brain injury. Individuals with ID often struggle with self-care, communication, and social skills. Many also experience learning disorders and mental health disorders. While there is no cure for ID, early intervention and support services can help individuals to reach their full potential. With proper support, people with ID can lead happy and fulfilling lives.


Sensory Impairments

Sensory impairments are common in autism. The ADOS-2 might be used to assess whether or not your child has sensory processing disorder (SPD), which affects how they process information from their senses of touch, hearing and sight.

Children with SPD may have difficulty dressing themselves or eating out of their favorite cereal bowl because they don’t like how their clothes feel against their skin or how loud the music is when they’re eating breakfast at home. They might even try to avoid going outside if there’s too much noise from cars driving by or sidewalks that make crunching noises underfoot!

The ADOS-2 looks specifically at behaviors related to sensory issues. If your child seems uncomfortable when touched on certain parts of his body but not others; if he doesn’t like loud sounds; if he’s susceptible to wearing specific clothing; etc., then this test could provide valuable insight into whether or not SPD may be causing these behaviors.



ADOS-2 is a clinical gold standard for autism. It has been around for over 20 years, and doctors and psychologists use it to diagnose autism. ADOS-2 is also used to monitor the progress of a child with autism. The test is conducted by a professional trained in administering the test, such as a psychologist. At General Behavior Analysis, we run this test under all the standards, so don’t hesitate to contact us and receive help for your beloved child.

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