Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB) 2015 Training Workshops Closed

The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain is proud to offer the Introductory Workshop for The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). For applications and additional information please use the link below.

Registration for the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain’s ADOS-2 October 2015 workshops is now closed. To be placed on our emailing listing for future trainings, please email us at

The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB), is a joint program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Departments of Psychiatry of Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons 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 Bello at

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 For additional information on the ADI-R, please click on the link below.

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.

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.

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