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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 one 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 to improve their knowledge and confidence in providing evidence-based strategies and treatment to individuals with ASD.

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 to sign up!

If you are a North Carolina behavioral health or mental health provider and are interested in being added to an interest list for the next cohort, please email: teacch_echomh@med.unc.edu

The cost to participate is FREE! Continuing medical education credits and 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, 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.

Registration for Project ECHO Autism is currently open for primary care providers 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 two times monthly. Each session will take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month from 11:45 AM-1:15 PM.  The dates and didactic topic schedule are as follows:

1. What is Autism and While You Wait – 09/27/21
2. Autism Screening (MCHAT) and Follow-Up – 10/11/21
3. ABA and Structured TEACCHing intervention Strategies – 10/25/21
4. Supporting Families – 11/08/21
5. ADHD and ASD-Differential Dx and Medication Management – 11/22/21
6. Navigating a Broken System – Accessing Resources – 12/13/21
7. Feeding Issues and Autism – 01/10/22
8. Role of PCP in Special Education – 01/24/22
9. Behavior from ASD Perspective-Irritability, Sensory Concerns and Transitions – 02/14/22
10. Sleep and Autism – 02/28/22
11. Anxiety and ASD-Differential DX and Medication Management – 03/14/22
12. Transition to Adulthood – 03/28/22

Send an email to teacch_echomd@med.unc.edu to sign up!

 

If you are a North Carolina behavioral health or mental health provider and are interested in being added to an interest list for the next cohort, please email: teacch_echomh@med.unc.edu 

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 AHEC is 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 AHEC is 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. 

Send an email to teacch_echomd@med.unc.edu to sign up for current cohort!