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Autism Evaluations: Using the MIGDAS-2 Diagnostic Process in Clinical Practice

  • 23 Oct 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Via Zoom



Autism Evaluations: Using the MIGDAS-2 Diagnostic Process in Clinical Practice 
With Marilyn J. Monteiro, Ph.D.
3 CE

Clinicians increasingly face the challenge of recognizing autism spectrum differences and engaging individuals in productive diagnostic interviews. This workshop introduces participants to the MIGDAS-2 sensory–based diagnostic interview system. The session highlights the use of the MIGDAS-2 visual framework and descriptive language to individualize the diagnosis of autism spectrum differences in clinical practice settings. Topics include gaining proficiency in structuring the sensory-based diagnostic interview, creating a positive individualized narrative, and differential diagnosis considerations. (this event will not be recorded for our home study library)

Learning Objectives:
This workshop is designed to help participants:
  • Apply the MIGDAS-2 system and protocols to engage children, adolescents, and adults in interactive clinical interviews that highlight areas of strengths and differences
  • Identify essential tools to conduct a sensory-based diagnostic interview with individuals whose communication skills range from verbally fluent to functionally nonverbal using the MIGDAS-2 system and protocols
  • Utilize the MIGDAS-2 system to organize diagnostic observations and describe individuals in positive and descriptive terms
  • Integrate the use of the MIGDAS-2 process with the use of at least three additional measures, such as autism-specific behavior rating scales and the ADOS-2
  • Learn to develop individualized Brain Style Profiles across age and ability levels

  • Prepare to discuss the autism spectrum diagnosis to parents and adults using a visual framework and positive language

About the presenter:
Dr. Monteiro, a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology, is an expert in the area of autism spectrum brain style differences. She is the author of two books as well as the MIGDAS-2 test protocol system. She maintains a practice specializing in supporting individuals with autism spectrum differences and their families in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Monteiro provides national training for clinicians in the areas of autism evaluations and family therapy techniques to support individuals with autism spectrum brain style differences. Her latest publication is a chapter in the edited volume for clinicians authored by Rachel Bedard and Lorna Hecker, entitled A Spectrum of Solutions for Clients with Autism. Dr. Monteiro’s chapter focuses on providing marital therapy with neuro-diverse partners and is called The Power of the Autism Spectrum Narrative. She thoroughly enjoys having autism conversations.


Refunds, minus a 35% cancellation fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course (on or before October 23, 2020). No refunds or vouchers will be made thereafter. No-shows are not refunded.

Attendance policy:
Full attendance is required to obtain CEs per NHPA policy. No partial credit will be given. Those who attend the workshop and complete the evaluation form will receive 3 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits. 

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association.  NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


The New Hampshire Psychological Association is a 501c6 non profit organization.  Our mission is to  advance the field of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.


NHPA PO Box 1492 Dover, NH 03821
Phone: 603-415-0451 
Email: office@nhpsychology.org

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