Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Carl Myers (chair), Sarah Ochs, Sharon Blevins, Gabrielle Madison

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Doctor of Psychology


The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a widely used instrument in the assessment of autism spectrum disorder. One of the modules requires students to answer questions requiring relatively high-level language skills but that module could be given to children as young as four years of age. It is unclear how young non-spectrum children would respond to such questions. This study analyzed types of responses provided by kindergarten, first, and second grade students when asked questions from a subtest on the ADOS-2, Module 3. The sample was largely made up of typically developing students (n = 146) with the remaining students identified with a Speech Language Impairment (n = 16) or classified as English Language Learner (ELL) students (n = 23). Very few of these students could answer the questions with detailed responses. Implications of the results for practitioners using the ADOS-2 are discussed.


Education | Educational Psychology | Elementary Education | Special Education and Teaching

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