Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #116

ECHO Autism: Bringing Best Practice Autism Care to Community Providers

Saturday, May 26, 2018
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom 7-9
Area: DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Kelly M. Schieltz, Ph.D.
Chair: Kelly M. Schieltz (The University of Missouri)
KRISTIN SOHL (University of Missouri Health Care)
Kristin Sohl, MD, FAAP is an Associate Professor of Clinical Child Health at the University of Missouri, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Associate Chair for the Child Health Department. She is a pediatrician with extensive experience in medical diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of children with a concern of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Sohl is regarded as an expert in quality and process improvement for comprehensive autism diagnostic and longitudinal services. She is the site principle investigator for the Autism Intervention Research for Physical Health/Autism Treatment Network (AIRP/ATN) and serves in national leadership roles with each of these programs. She is the founder of ECHO Autism, an innovative framework to increase community capacity to care for children with autism and other developmental/behavioral concerns. Her research focuses on systems change to improve healthcare and also focuses on understanding underlying medical conditions in individuals with autism. Dr. Sohl is a tireless advocate for children and enjoys engaging other physicians in being a voice for children's health. She serves on the Executive Board of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She completed medical school and pediatric residency at the University of Missouri.

ECHO Autism is an innovative model that leverages video-conferencing technology to create virtual learning networks of community providers. Community Providers regularly share deidentified case information with a team of experts who mentor through best practice strategies. ECHO Autism is reaching thousands of children in North America by training their primary care physicians and therapists. ECHO Autism for Primary Care Physicians/Practitioners focuses on increasing self-efficacy in identifying symptoms of autism and managing common medical and psychiatric comorbidities. ECHO Autism ABA and ECHO Autism School Psychology are other iterations of the model being used to disseminate and mentor best practice methods in rural and underserved communities.

Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Understand Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Model; (2) Articulate how ECHO Autism is improving access to care for children in rural and underserved communities; (3) List 3 benefits to participating in ECHO clinic.



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