Training and Higher Education

The Center is constructing a series of courses on ASD and related neurodevelopmental disorders. These will include introductory level courses, advanced research seminar and training opportunities.

Advanced university students will benefit from specialized training experiences under the umbrella of the center. The Autism Center, in coordination with Hadassah’s Autism Clinic and the Jerusalem Center for Mental Health/Ministry of Health, will provide an integrated specialized academic training program for professionals in the field of ASD. These opportunities will be particularly appropriate for physicians, psychologists, social workers, special educators and other professions working in the field of ASD.

Ongoing Programs

Ongoing Programs

For the first time this year we are offering a broad, introductory level, seminar-style course taught on ASD. The new Introductory-level Course, taught by Dr. Judah Koller, is being offered in the Seymour Fox School of Medicine but open to students from the entire university. The course includes lectures by Dr. Raanan Raz (epidemiology), Dr. Salomon Israel (genetics), Dr. Mor Nahum (neurobiology) and Yael Lehman (advocacy, community activism and the perspective of families). The Lecturers will cover topics such as etiology, diagnosis, assessment, intervention, social neuroscience, advocacy and first-hand perspectives on ASD. The course covers ASD across the lifespan, from infancy through adulthood. The current course is the first organized by The Autism Center and will serve as a stepping stone to more advanced, related courses on specific aspects of ASD and related neurodevelopmental disabilities.  

As well, training opportunities are being organized for professionals already working in the field of ASD. We will be hosting our inaugural Professional Education Day in March 2017, designed to provide both theoretical and practical updates on the current state of the field.

We are the only recognized site in the Middle East to provide training in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI), the gold standard instruments used to assist in diagnosing ASD.

These trainings take place 2-3 times a year in addition to booster meetings with professionals who have already learned the ADOS and want to maintain their reliability or discuss the use of the ADOS with complex cases.

 

Students

ADI-R

Overview of ADI-R Training

Professor Cory Shulman is a certified trainer for the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R). The ADI-R, authored by Catherine Lord and colleagues, is a semi-structured standardized interview that provides a method for gathering comprehensive information about individuals suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The interview questions, which are administered to caregivers, cover several content areas including early development, language acquisition/possible loss of language or other skills, current functioning in regard to language and communication, social development and play, as well as restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. 
The information collected form the parents/caregivers is organized and coded according to five domains that are directly associated with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

These domains include:

(1) Early development

(2) Language and communication

(3) Reciprocal social interaction

(4) Play/Imagination

(5) Stereotyped behaviors and restricted interests

(6) Other behaviors.

Throughout the workshop, the interview will be taught using a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, videos, scoring discussions and live administrations. 

Professionals including clinical psychologists, school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, social workers, graduate students, and other autism specialists are invited to register for an ADI-R training.

The ADI-R training is two days and costs: 1,800 NIS

Please note that there will be no refund once the payment is processed.

Interested professionals can contact us with questions or comments at:

autismcenter@mail.huji.ac.il (attention Noa Golani).

ADOS-2

 

Overview of ADOS-2 Training

Professor Cory Shulman is a certified trainer for the Autism Observation Schedule-2nd edition (ADOS-2). The ADOS, authored by Catherine Lord and colleagues, is a semi-structured, standardized diagnostic evaluation instrument that is used to accurately assess and diagnose autism spectrum disorders in individuals of all ages suspected of having autism. The ADOS-2 encompasses a range of developmentally and chronologically age-appropriate activities that can be used across a variety of ages, language abilities, and developmental levels. It offers a variety of interesting, standardized contexts in which observation of social, communicative, restrictive, and repetitive behaviors can occur. Observations of these behaviors in social and communicative interactions are coded and the codes are mapped onto an algorithm from which an ASD diagnosis may be ascertained. 

We offer different ADOS-2 trainings: 
(1) 3-day introductory trainings, which are a prerequisite to all other ADOS-2 trainings.
(2) 3-day advanced trainings for those professionals who want to become more proficient in their use of the ADOS-2 and wish to obtain reliability in administration and coding the ADOS-2.
(3) one-day trainings for the use of toddler module of the ADOS-2 and (4) one day refresher trainings to watch and discuss administrations and coding of two modules. 
In order to participate in any of the other trainings, participation in the introductory training is necessary, during which participants will be introduced to the administration and scoring of Modules 1-4. They will: 

-    Observe the administration of ADOS-2
-    Recognize red flags for behaviors that are indicative of a diagnosis of ASD
-    Discuss and practice coding of the ADOS-2
-    Practice using the algorithm to determine autism classification
-    Select different modules appropriate for use with individuals of
     different ages and language levels 
-    Develop assessment skills to evaluate individuals to rule out autism

Throughout the workshop, a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, videos, scoring discussions and live administration of the instrument will be employed.

The trainings are geared for those professionals who can diagnose ASD in Israel, (i.e., psychiatrists, heads of child family clinics, family doctors and pediatricians, neurologists, clinical psychologists, developmental psychologists, rehabilitative psychologists, neuropsychologists, and educational psychologists). Other professionals, including speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, graduate students, and other autism specialists may not use the ADOS-2 for diagnostic purposes but can participate in the trainings if there is room.

Modules 1-4 training fee: 1,800 NIS
Toddler Module training fee: 700 NIS 
Advanced Module training fee: 3,200 NIS
One day refresher training fee:  300 NIS
Please note that there will be no refund once the payment is processed.

Interested professionals can contact us with questions or comments at:

autismcenter@mail.huji.ac.il (attention Noa Golani).