Project Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) Autism: A Successful Model to Increase Capacity in Community-Based Care

Kristin Sohl1, Agnieszka Rynkiewicz2,3, Valeria Nanclares -Nogués1, Alicia Brewer Curran1, Julie Scorah4, Mandy Steiman4, Catherine Lord5, Roma A. Vasa6, Agnieszka Słopień7, Małgorzata Janas-Kozik8,9, Izabela Łucka10, Artur Mazur11


Szkolenia ADI R Zakład Psychiatrii UR 2022


1 University of Missouri School of Medicine, ECHO Autism Communities, USA
2 Department of Psychiatry, College of Medical Sciences, University of Rzeszow, Poland
3 Center for Diagnosis, Therapy and Education SPECTRUM ASC-MED, Gdansk, Poland
4 Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital, Azrieli Centre for Autism Research McGill University, Montreal, Canada
5 Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, University of California Los Angeles, USA
6 Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Kennedy Krieger Institute, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
7 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
8 Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
9 John Paul II Paediatric Centre, Sosnowiec, Poland
10 Department of Developmental Psychiatry, Psychotic and Geriatric Disorders, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland
11 Department of Paediatrics, Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, College of Medical Sciences, Poland


Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle to access high quality health care due to the shortage of trained providers. ECHO Autism is a unique educational program that allows ASD experts to provide knowledge and skills to professionals in local communities to deliver evidence-based care to children with ASD and their families. The model teaches clinicians how to screen and diagnose ASD, as well as manage common co-occurring medical and mental health issues. ECHO Autism is particularly useful for addressing the complex needs of children with ASD and reducing disparities often present in rural and underserved communities. The model can be disseminated globally due to its flexibility in accommodating local and regional differences in social norms and constructs. This article provides an overview of the format of the ECHO Autism model, data supporting the model’s efficacy, and discusses future research directions. 


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