Autism Diagnostic Interview–Revised (ADI-R) and Autism Diagnostic Observation
Schedule (ADOS) Training courses
The Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology runs training courses
in the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation
Scale (ADOS). As part of the ACT-NOW Project funded by DHS, two people working in each
DHS region will be offered the opportunity to undertake these comprehensive training courses at
no cost over the three years of the project. This means that two people from each region will be
trained in using the ADI and ADOS by the end of the three year project. One person from each
region will have the opportunity to complete this training in 2006.
THE AUTISM DIAGNOSTIC INTERVIEW – REVISED (ADI-R)
The ADI-R (Le Couteur et al., 1989; Lord, Rutter, & Le Couteur, 1994) is a standardised, semi-
structured diagnostic interview for use with the parents or caregivers of people with autism or
Asperger’s Disorder. The interview focuses upon three main areas (i) quality of reciprocal social
interaction, (ii) communication and language, and (iii) repetitive, restricted and stereotyped
patterns of behaviour. It produces an algorithm which is linked to ICD-10 and DSM-IV diagnostic
THE AUTISM DIAGNOSTIC OBSERVATION SCALE (ADOS)
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) (Lord, Rutter, DiLavore, & Risi, 1999) is a
semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, and play. It
provides a series of standardised contexts in which the child’s social, communication and
repetitive, stereotyped behaviours can be observed. It has been designed to assist in the
diagnosis of autism and pervasive developmental disorders and is suggested as a complementary
instrument to the ADI-R (Lord et al., 1999). Standardised toys and activities are used to present
opportunities for social and communicative interaction with the examiner. During these activities,
observation of the child notes the absence of presence of behaviours of interest. A diagnostic
algorithm consistent with DSM-IV and ICD-10 clinical diagnoses is generated which provides cut-
off scores for autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Prior to the workshops you will be sent a package of materials. You will need to view a videotape
that will be provided for you, read materials, and videotape yourself doing a practice ADI-
R/ADOS (this can be done as a role play exercise).
Training for 2006 conducted in Melbourne:
ADI-R Monday 28th August – Wednesday 30th August 2006
ADOS Monday 2nd October – Friday 6th October 2006
The training workshops in the ADI-R and the ADOS consist of a mixture of small group lecture,
demonstration, and scoring, as well as live demonstrations of the ADI-R/ADOS It also includes
working in small groups on administering (with volunteer parents and children) and scoring the
instruments, and discussion and question/answer about specific administration and coding issues.
After the workshop you have the option of achieving reliability (for use of the ADI-R/ADOS for
research purposes). This involves coding videotapes we provide, and sending us tapes of your
Whilst the training course is offered at no cost to participants, any additional costs, e.g. manual
and test forms, will not be covered by ACT-NOW. Information about the cost of these materials
can be found on the web.
A sub-group of each regional ReACT in each DHS region will review applications from interested
people in each region and may conduct interviews to determine the candidate who will best be able
to use the training to serve the region.
The training is most suited to psychologists, psychiatrists and paediatricians. However other
people who are interested in completing the training should also apply.
Anyone interested in being considered for selection should complete the attached forms and
forward them to Daniella Vadala by Friday 31st March 2006. Please contact Daniella Vadala if
you have further questions.
Dr Daniella Vadala
Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology
18 Beddoe Ave
Clayton VIC 3168
Phone: 03 9905 1442
Fax: 9905 1554
SOME RELEVANT REFERENCES
Le Couteur, A., Rutter, M., Lord, C., Rios, P., Robertson, S., Holdgrafer, M., et al. (1989). Autism
Diagnostic Interview: A standardized investigator-based instrument. Journal of Autism and
Developmental Disorders, 19(3), 363-387.
Lord, C., Risi, S., Lambrecht, L., Cook, E. H., Leventhal, B. L., DiLavore, P. C., et al. (2000). The Autism
Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Generic: A standard measure of social and communication deficits
associated with the spectrum of autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 30(3), 205-
Lord, C., Storoschuk, S., Rutter, M., & Pickles, A. (1993). Using the ADI-R to diagnose autism in
preschool children. Infant Mental Health Journal, 14(3), 234-252.
CONFIDENTIAL: REGIONAL ReACT SUB-COMMITTEE
ACT-NOW ADI-R and ADOS TRAINING
City ______________________ State _______________ Postal Code _____________
Business Phone ( )______________________________ Home Phone ( )__________________________
Fax Number ( )______________________________ Email ____________________________________
Why are you interested in completing the ADI-R and ADOS training?____________________________________
How will ADI-R and ADOS training enhance your capacity to the region in which you work? _________________
Outline your clinical/research experience related to autism._____________________________________________
Do you have any experience with autism assessment and diagnosis?______________________________________
Please use and attach additional paper if required.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 31st March 2006.
Send Application to:
Dr Daniella Vadala
Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology (CDPP)
18 Beddoe Ave, Clayton, VIC 3168
Phone : (03) 9905 1442
Fax : (03) 9905 1554
E-mail: : Daniella.Vadala@med.monash.edu.au
YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE APPROPRIATE REGIONAL SUB-COMMITTEE