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Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS-2) Training

Since its original publication, the CARS-2 has become one of the most widely used and empirically validated autism assessments.  It has proven especially effective in discriminating between children with autism and those with severe cognitive deficits, and in distinguishing mild-to-moderate from severe autism.

During this one day training, participants will learn how the revised 2nd edition:

  • Expands the test's clinical value, making it more responsive to individuals on the "high-functioning" end of the autism spectrum - those with average or higher IQ scores, better verbal skills, and more subtle social and behavioral deficits.
  • Retains the simplicity, brevity, and clarity of the original test.
  • Adds forms and features that help integrate diagnostic information, determine functional capabilities, provide feedback to parents, and design targeted intervention.
  • Highlighting the newest aspect of this measure: CARS-2 High Functioning version.

Participants will become familiar with how to use the three forms included in the CARS-2 (Standard Version Rating Booklet, High-Functioning Version Rating Booklet, and Questionnaire for Parents or Caregivers) and learn how it is useful in identifying symptoms of autism.

This training is suitable for Evaluation Personnel (SLPs, OTs, LSSPs, Educational Diagnosticians, Social Workers, Behavior Specialists) and those who are conducting assessments and comprehensive team-based assessments in public school settings, early intervention agencies, etc.  This training is also suitable for educators and special educators working with students with Autism.

Important Session Information:

Participants are encouraged to bring CARS-2 protocols and the manual to review during the training. 

Dimension 1.2: Data and Assessment, Dimension 1.3: Knowledge of Students, Dimension 4.3: Professional Development

Registration for this session has ended
Session ID:
Credits Available:
(6) Clock Hours
(6) CPE
(6) NASP
Contact Person:
Nicole Price
Registration Fee:
Dr. Janet Schaefer, Nicole Price, Region 4 ESC
Behavioral Specialists, Educational Diagnosticians, Evaluation Personnel, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, Speech Language Pathologists
Date Time Location
1/31/2023 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Region 4 ESC McKinney Conference Center - MCC 203
7200 Northwest 100 Drive, Houston, 77092
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Region 4 ESC McKinney Conference Center - MCC 203
7200 Northwest 100 Drive, Houston, 77092

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