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What is Project ECHO Autism?

Project ECHO Autism is an online learning and guided practice model that is revolutionizing professional health education. The program links clinicians practicing in local communities (“spokes”) with specialist care teams (“hubs”). It is hosted in a teleconsultation format involving a mix of didactic presentations and in-depth case consultations.

Autism affects 1 out of every 39 children in the state of North Carolina. Referrals to specialty clinics often involve travel and long waitlists for families. We want to support local primary care providers and local behavioral health providers to improve their knowledge and confidence in providing evidence-based strategies and treatment to individuals with ASD.

Medical Project ECHO Autism:  North Carolina medical providers including pediatricians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses in primary care practices in North Carolina who have individuals with an autism spectrum disorder of any age on their caseload and who would like to develop their expertise in working with this population. Send an email to teacch_echomd@med.unc.edu indicating your profession, location of practice, and express an interest to sign up!


Mental Health Project ECHO Autism:  North Carolina behavioral health providers including mental health providers, counselors, psychologists, and social workers who have individuals with autism spectrum disorder of any age on their caseload and who would like to develop their expertise with this population. Send an email to teacch_echomh@med.unc.edu indicating your profession, location of practice, and express an interest to sign up!

The cost to participate is Free! Continuing education, including medical and Category A, credits as well as level IV MOC credits will also be provided free of charge. 

  • In a recent survey of families with children with Autism (Spark for Autism, 2020) 63% of families have reported service disruption due to the pandemic with most noticing a negative impact on their children’s behavior.
  • 82% of families reported noticing a negative impact on their child’s mental and emotional health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The use of essential child health services, including developmental screenings for autism at well-child visits and mental health supports, has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels despite the relaxation of “lock-down” guidelines.

To participate you need a device (desktop computer, laptop, phone, tablet) with a microphone, camera, and internet access

Participation includes 90-minute teleconsultation events held 2 times monthly. ECHO sessions are typically held on Mondays around lunchtime.

Summer 2022 Project ECHO Autism Medical Opportunity: Registration for Medical Project ECHO Autism is currently open for medical providers (e.g., pediatricians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners) in North Carolina who have individuals with an autism spectrum disorder of any age on their caseload and who would like to develop their expertise in working with this population.

Your commitment to participation would include 90-minute teleconsultation events held twice monthly beginning in June of 2022. Each session will take place on Mondays from 11:45 AM -1:15 PM. Specific dates will be confirmed in your registration email. Didactics will include the following topics:

1. What is Autism and While You Wait – 06/13/22
2. Autism Screening (MCHAT) and Follow-Up – 06/27/22
3. Supporting Families – 07/11/22
4. ABA and Structured TEACCHing Intervention Strategies – 07/25/22
5. ADHD and ASD – Differential Diagnosis and Medication Management – 08/08/22
6. Navigating a Broken System – Accessing Resources – 08/22/22 
7. Feeding Issues and Autism – 9/12/22
8. Role of Primary Care Providers in Special Education – 9/26/22
9. Behavior from ASD perspective – Irritability, Sensory Concerns, and Transitions – 10/10/22
10. Sleep and Autism – 10/24/22
11. Anxiety and ASD – Differential Diagnosis and Medication Management – 11/14/22
12. Transition to Adulthood – 11/28/22

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Continuing Medical Education for Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) through the joint providership of Area L AHEC and TEACCH Autism, part of. Area L, Eastern, and Southern Regional AHEC are accredited by the NCMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Health Education Foundation/Area L AHEC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physicians should claim only those credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists: Area L, Eastern, and Southern Regional AHEC are recognized by the North Carolina Psychology Board as an approved provider of (Category A) Continuing Education for North Carolina Licensed Psychologists. No partial credit will be given.

Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours: Area L AHEC is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEUs) & contact hours. 

Please include your profession and the location of the practice.