ECHO Autism: Primary Care

ECHO Autism: Primary Care bridges the care gap between primary care, behavioral health and community health care specialists by sharing best practices as they care for and support individuals with autism and their families regardless of geographic location.

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Autism – Primary Care

Participants in this series will engage with developmental and behavioral pediatricians, psychologists and other health care professionals skilled in effective care and treatment for individuals with autism and their families.

Participants will engage in didactics and case-based learning to build skills and knowledge in best practices and present cases specific to children at risk for or diagnosed with autism while learning more about common medical concerns and co-occurring conditions in children with autism.

ECHO Autism: Primary Care offers multiple learning sessions, each lasting 60 minutes. Participants have a chance to discuss pediatric cases for real-time advice from experts and learn about best practices and evidence-based care for:

  • Managing co-occurring conditions
  • Teen safety, gender and transition to adulthood
  • Managing behavior, patient support and leveraging educational options for students

Series Participants:

  • Can earn free CME/CE through this interactive, case-based learning series
  • Learn with interdisciplinary providers (medical, psychology, social work, etc.)

What To Expect

  • Attend and participate in a 60-minute session using a virtual platform (See Schedule)
  • Submit a case to present to the group and engage in interactive discussions, share knowledge, experience and resources
  • Collaborate with an expert team in providing recommendations
  • Work with seasoned and newer members of the series in a collaborative environment

Registration

The ECHO Autism: Primary Care series will take place on rotating Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. EST starting Jan. 23, 2023. Series dates are: Jan. 23; Feb. 6; Feb. 20; March 6; March 20; April 3; April 17; May 1; May 15; June 5; Aug. 28; Sept. 11; Sept. 28; Oct. 9; Oct. 23 ; Nov. 6; Nov. 20; and Dec. 4, 2023.

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Who Can Participate

  • Pediatricians
  • Internal Medicine Providers
  • Family Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • RNs/APRNs
  • School Psychologists
  • MSWs

Participation Requirements

  • Complete series orientation (a live session or a recording are available)
  • Internet connection and a front facing camera/smart phone
  • Commitment to the 1-hour learning sessions
  • Complete online pre- and post- surveys

ECHO Team

Clinical LeadsEric Butter, PhD and Jane Hamel-Lambert, PhD

HUB Members:

Sample Topics

Session

Topic

Session 1

What is Autism?

Session 2

Autism and IDD

Session 3

Autism and Family Perspectives

Session 4

Gender and Autism

Session 5

Suicide Prevention: Screening and Risk Assessment 

Session 6

Suicide Prevention: Safety Planning

Session 7

Transition: Medical - Moving out of Pediatrics

Session 8

Transition: Planning for Adulthood    

Session 9

What is an IEP? Part 1 

Session 10

What is an IEP? Part 2

Session 11

ADHD and Autism

Session 12

ADHD, Autism and Medication Use   

Session 13

Anxiety and Autism   

Session 14

Anxiety, Autism and Medication Use   

Session 15

Irritability and Autism  

Session 16

Irritability, Autism and Medication Use   

Session 17

Sleep and Autism

Session 18

Sleep and Autism Medication (x2)  

ECHO Telehealth Autism Assessment

ECHO Telehealth Autism Assessment

ECHO Telehealth Autism Assessment will introduce the Virtual Evaluation Developmental Assessment (VEDA), a comprehensive, interdisciplinary evaluation model for the assessment of autism spectrum disorder and how it facilitates a reliable and valid autism evaluation.

Participants in this series will learn how to develop and implement autism evaluations over telehealth while also identifying necessary components of an interdisciplinary evaluation and how they can be adapted to a telehealth format.

ECHO Telehealth Autism Assessment will teach strategies that facilitate a valid autism assessment over video conferencing while providing the knowledge to integrate telehealth autism assessments in participants' practices.

Series Participants

  • Can earn free CME/CE through this interactive, case-based learning series
  • Learn with interdisciplinary providers
  • Learn to develop and implement telehealth autism assessments in interdisciplinary settings

What to Expect

  • Attend 60-minute sessions using a virtual platform
  • Collaborate with an expert team in providing recommendations
  • Engage with seasoned and newer members of the series in a collaborative environment

Who Can Participate

  • Psychologists (PhD or PsyD)
  • Primary care providers (Pediatricians, Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians, MD, DO)
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists

Participant Requirements

  • Commitment to the one-hour learning sessions
  • Complete online pre- and post-surveys
  • Internet connection and a front facing camera/smart phone

Registration

Registration for ECHO Telehealth Autism Assessment, starting August 26, is now closed.

Sessions are on Fridays at Noon. ET. Dates are: August 26, September 9, September 16, September 23 and September 30.

Sample Topics

Session

Topic

1

Orientation to VEDA

2

VEDA: Practical Considerations

3

Conducting Medical Evaluation in a VEDA

4

Completing an Assessment Observation (AVABO) Flexibly

5

Making Diagnostic Decisions in a VEDA

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