Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised Questions

The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) helps develop a birds-eye view of the child’s current status.

The parent and the specialist will go over the child’s medical history (and earlier assessments made), how she behaves in general (including any aggressiveness she’s been showing), key developmental milestones she’s passed, and any speech and language issues.

The ADI-R can help the parent figure out the kind of support their child needs. And this will dramatically improve her quality of life.

De Bildt, Oosterling, van Lang, Kuijper, Dekker, Sytema, . . . de Jonge, (2013)

Age Range: 3-18 years

Sample Size: 1,204 Dutch children

Topics Addressed:

ADI-R well-discriminated ASD from non-ASD with ID. All other criteria were sensitive at the cost of specificity, with the risk of over-inclusiveness. Conclusion: using the ADI-R and ADOS in combination to identify children with ASD and MR increases specificity than using ADI-R alone (i.e., reduced false positives).

Age Range: 4-18 years

Sample Size: 2,334

Topics Addressed:

Implication for use of scores as a measure of ASD severity

Conclusion: with statistical adjustment for expressive language level (and in some cases, age) at the time of interview, ADI-Diagnostic and ADI-Current domain and total scores can be used as estimates of the severity of core ASD symptoms.

Master the ADI-R with Video-Based Training

Administration and coding of the ADI-R are highly standardized, and valid assessment requires training. The ADI-R Training Video Program (LMS-382) allows clinicians to learn administration procedures and to practice accurate coding. Associated continuing education (CE) credits are also available. This program is now available in an online self-study format on the WPS Learning Management System (WPS LMS); it was previously offered only as a DVD training package (to order, please contact an Assessment Consultant). If clinicians plan to use the ADI-R in formal research, they may require additional training provided by the test authors and their colleagues. Contact WPS Customer Service for information about training for research applications.

The ADI-R Training Video Program (LMS-382) consists of online videos (with a total running time of 16 hours) that show expert interviewers as they administer the ADI-R to parents. Digital support materials for use with the online videos include a Training Guidebook that discusses each case featured on the videos and that clarifies coding and scoring decisions. The following print materials, sold separately, are also needed: the ADI-R Interview Booklet (W-382A) and the ADI-R Comprehensive Algorithm Form (W-382E). For convenience, a combined set of these printed forms for use with the program materials is available (W-382H).

When clinicians have finished the ADI-R Training Video Program, they can receive 18 CE credits by purchasing and successfully completing the associated CE materials (Independent Study: ADI-R Training Video Program [LMS-382CE]).

To purchase the ADI-R Training Video Program (LMS-382) and its associated CE materials (LMS-382CE) on the WPS LMS, simply add the products to your cart and complete your purchase. You will receive a follow-up email from WPS with information on how to access the materials on the WPS LMS. For additional CE-related information and products, visit our CE page and CE FAQ page.

ADI-R is often paired up with another test called ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule).

Technically, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is assessed only against the criteria in the diagnostic manual DSM-5. So, ADI-R is just one of many tools that specialists choose to use. And it’s often paired up with the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) – where the specialist interacts directly with the child, instead of interviewing the parent.

ADI-R Presentation: Ana Hernandez

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