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Archived News: What's New
January 2013

Check Out the New Resources Section on the VCU-ACE Website!

VCU-ACE is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Resources section on the VCU-ACE website. Throughout the new Resources section, you will find web links, guides, factsheets, agency information, trainings, videos, and research articles to help you support individuals with ASD. We now offer the following sections for the individual with ASD, family members, educators, providers, professionals, and community members: Autism Spectrum Disorder (What does it mean and where do I start?), Screening and Diagnosis, Evidence-Based Practices, Communication, Early Intervention, Families, Eligibility and the School-Aged Child, Adolescence, Adults, Technology, and Smartphone Technology.

We encourage you to explore and share the information on these Resource Pages and to contact us if you still have questions or need additional resources. You can reach us at and toll-free at 855-711-6987 . Please also investigate the opportunities for Professional Development that VCU-ACE offers, including webcasts, seminars, online courses, and live trainings. Many of these correspond to the Resource topics listed above. In addition, VCU-ACE has developed Factsheets and Briefs on numerous topics that may be helpful to individuals with ASD and those who support them. You can see the entire list and download and print the documents from the ACE website.


VCU-ACE Hosting Level 1 Training on the ADOS-2 and an ADOS-2 Update!

On Monday and Tuesday, March 18-19, 2013, Barbara Webb will return to Virginia to present a "Level 1 Workshop on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2 (ADOS-2)." Thanks to support from the Autism Society – Central VA, the workshop will be held at the River Road United Methodist Church in Richmond.

The Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedules(ADOS Editions 1 and 2) have become the standard instruments for assessing autism and PDD across age, developmental level, and language levels. Used in research for decades, these comprehensive instruments provide a thorough assessment of individuals suspected of having autism or other autism spectrum disorders. Like its predecessor, the ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, play, and restricted and repetitive behaviors. It presents various activities that elicit behaviors directly related to a diagnosis of ASD. By observing and coding these behaviors, information can be obtained that informs diagnosis, treatment planning, and educational placement. This revision improves an instrument already viewed as "the gold standard" for observational assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With updated protocols, revised algorithms, a new Comparison Score, and a Toddler Module, the ADOS-2 provides a highly accurate picture of current symptoms, unaffected by language. It can be used to evaluate almost anyone suspected of having ASD--from 1-year-olds with no speech to adults who are verbally fluent.

This 2-day workshop will teach attendees how to use the ADOS-2 in clinical practice or in an educational assessment to assess and diagnose or determine eligibility of autism. The presenter will describe the ADOS-2 and demonstrate administration and scoring for educational eligibility. Instructional methods include lecture, videotaped administration and scoring, and discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to practice scoring while observing the administration of the ADOS-2. Participants will also have practice administering the ADOS-2. The workshop will also include a brief overview of the new Toddler Module for the 12-30 month-old child.

The workshop is designed for clinicians and educational personal with a prior background in autism and formal testing, for example: physicians, psychologists, school psychologists, educational diagnosticians, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, counselors, and social workers. Individuals with less background in testing but who provide service for individuals and families affected by autism may take the workshop for informational purposes.

On Friday, March 22, 2013 Barbara Webb will provide an “Update of Administration and Scoring of the new ADOS-2.” Participants in this one day update workshop are required to have attended a 2-day ADOS training prior to this workshop. The workshop will also include a brief overview of the new Toddler Module for the 12-30 month-old child.

For more information and to register for either of these workshops, please visit the VCU-ACE website Live Training page or contact Becky Boswell, VCU-ACE Outreach Coordinator, at or 855-711-6987 . Please note, space is very limited for both workshops so please register early if interested.


VCU-ACE Collaborates with Region 1 Consortium to Provide Training on the VB-MAPP!

VCU-ACE and the Region 1 Consortium conducted a day-long training on the VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior-Milestones Assessment and Placement Program) in early December. VCU-ACE Technical Assistant Associate Adam Dreyfus, in partnership with Region 1 Consortium Facilitator Carrie Radigan, focused on ‘unpacking’ the various parts of the VB-MAPP assessment. The training started with an overview of the VB-MAPP, followed by a hands-on assessment, and concluded with a how-to-interpret the results session. Over 30 participants representing nine school divisions in Region 1 participated in this professional development opportunity. This workshop represents the first in a 3-day training sequence designed to respond to public school divisions increasing use of the VB-MAPP assessment tool as well as their desire to have more teachers, related service providers, and administrators trained on and familiar with the VB-MAPP.


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